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It's a trap! Learn how to identify a fake Phone

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    Exclamation It's a trap! Learn how to identify a fake Phone

    Piracy has evolved so much in recent years, People who manufacture these pirated products are able to do made very well copies of successful phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4! Below are some tips to avoid these phones:

    Hardware: The hardware of these pirated products are dated.
    Apps: In the case of Samsung, you will not find the traditional apps brand.
    Software: Android is normally an older version like 3.0 Horney Comb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwiche or 4.4 Kit Kat. In the case of Apple products, the interface is the same as the IOS but when the "App Store" is executed, you will be faced with the Google Play.

    in the image, you can see the white color with the original Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Pirate phone with yellow color. It is hard to see the diference.

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    Fake phones have become a growing concern nowadays. The most affected are the Samsung Galaxy series. As these phones run on open Android OS it would be easier for these shady manufacturers to produce cloned Galaxy phones. It is a more difficult job when it comes to Apple's proprietary iOS software.

    Even though it is difficult to identify these fake phones, most of the time they are made of very cheap materials. Lack of quality in the materials used can be the first indicator of a cloned phone. It could be like a screen made of cheap glass materials, lack of clarity, inactive sensors etc. It is said that sometimes you can spot it by checking the camera quality, it will not be upto mark.
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    I think the easiest way to avoid these fakes is to actually visiting an actual Samsung Store. I think the scary thing about this fakes is if you are planning to purchase a high end Samsung Phone and you end up paying for a very cheap phone from China.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think the easiest way to avoid these fakes is to actually visiting an actual Samsung Store. I think the scary thing about this fakes is if you are planning to purchase a high end Samsung Phone and you end up paying for a very cheap phone from China.
    A lot of people, I don't know why prefer going to third party sellers, maybe because there they can price down the phones. That's one of the reasons they get scammed and the Chinese are always pirating things, it's not hard to fall prey. You're right, it's preferable to go to the phone's store if one is really serious about getting a good phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    Fake phones have become a growing concern nowadays. The most affected are the Samsung Galaxy series. As these phones run on open Android OS it would be easier for these shady manufacturers to produce cloned Galaxy phones. It is a more difficult job when it comes to Apple's proprietary iOS software.

    Even though it is difficult to identify these fake phones, most of the time they are made of very cheap materials. Lack of quality in the materials used can be the first indicator of a cloned phone. It could be like a screen made of cheap glass materials, lack of clarity, inactive sensors etc. It is said that sometimes you can spot it by checking the camera quality, it will not be upto mark.
    Webworld, I agree with you! The sensors are trash. But there are people that prefer to buy this fake phone to show for others people that have a high end phone.

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    In some cases when you rub on the Samsung logo it will come out easily. But these shady manufacturers have improved a lot and now it has become more difficult to distinguish between fake and original handsets. You can never judge it by its overall look. First impression is not the best impression in case of smartphones.

    I think as @Cashewfruit_wine has rightly said it is better to buy the product directly from online Samsung stores than going for retail shops. We also need to approach only authorized service centers for any repairing, else we may land up in trouble.

    But an expert can easily point out a fake phone once he opens the back cover. Most of the parts will be just unfit, but it can only be identified by an experienced eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    I think the easiest way to avoid these fakes is to actually visiting an actual Samsung Store. I think the scary thing about this fakes is if you are planning to purchase a high end Samsung Phone and you end up paying for a very cheap phone from China.
    In a Samsung Store is almost impossible to buy a fake phone. But if you see a adorable offer in Ebay. There are people that will feel crazy to click in "buy". Over the internet is impossible to check the real features of phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    In a Samsung Store is almost impossible to buy a fake phone. But if you see a adorable offer in Ebay. There are people that will feel crazy to click in "buy". Over the internet is impossible to check the real features of phone.
    I have a cousin who fall for a fake Ipad from China that actually runs in Android OS. People really fell easily for cheap offers because people wanted to save money.

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    People will become prey to these online traps as they get the device at a very cheaper rate. The offer price from Samsung store could be higher. But the fake phone business is growing like anything. It is more rampant in India nowadays. Most of these are low quality Chinese phones in the body of a genuine phone.

    Once it is damaged its repairing is out of question. Then only you will realize that it is a fake phone. It is as good as original in looks. It is better to buy at least from offline authorized agencies.

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    They can save money and have quality phones and gadgets by buying brand new older models. They were cheaper and the quality is great but I know most people don't want them because they wanted to follow what is trendy. They wanted to have the new ones but because they were expensive, they end up buying fakes.

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    The market for fake phones does appear to be on the increase though, and I think that's because people are more interested in how the device looks rather than how it works.

    People want to be seen with the latest device, and if they can't afford a real one, instead of buying a cheaper device they can afford, they choose to buy a fake one.

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    China is really good at making counterfeit products and people kept buying them because they want to be trendy. They don't care if its a disposable trash they will end up disposing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    China is really good at making counterfeit products and people kept buying them because they want to be trendy. They don't care if its a disposable trash they will end up disposing.
    I wish, I could be as smart as the Chinese, their produce is absolutely everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I wish, I could be as smart as the Chinese, their produce is absolutely everywhere.
    Majority of their products are illegally shipped and they were not durable. Because most of their products are illegally shipped, Your country lost a lot of money from the taxes they could have gotten if the product is legally shipped. Their illegally shipped products damages the local economies of many countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Majority of their products are illegally shipped and they were not durable. Because most of their products are illegally shipped, Your country lost a lot of money from the taxes they could have gotten if the product is legally shipped. Their illegally shipped products damages the local economies of many countries.
    Yes, apparently in China they like collecting cash, which is the way forward for many people who commit frauds or illegal acts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Majority of their products are illegally shipped and they were not durable. Because most of their products are illegally shipped, Your country lost a lot of money from the taxes they could have gotten if the product is legally shipped. Their illegally shipped products damages the local economies of many countries.
    I agree with you. In addition, there are cases where these phones exploded during charging, ie they are of very low quality products.

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    Where do they sell fake phones? I always buy my phones and electronical devices on mass surfaces that I trust or some small shops from known friends. I don't buy stuff like that on strange sites and stuff like that.

    But I really didn't knew that they try to copy known phones. I thought that they copied them and changed the brand, not trying to copy the actual brand logo and stuff like that.

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    One can definitely get deceived by seeing the physical appearance of pirated phones but from inside, those are lot more junky and easy to identify. In case of pirated iPhones, its better to check the app store and dimensions as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waqsi View Post
    One can definitely get deceived by seeing the physical appearance of pirated phones but from inside, those are lot more junky and easy to identify. In case of pirated iPhones, its better to check the app store and dimensions as well.
    Yes, I agree with you! But it is not a easy thing for everyone. Some people do not understand how to identify theses fake phones.

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    One of the main reasons why you should avoid these pirated phones? My sister bought one and it got broken for just a week! Yes it got broken for a week. It is like buying a disposable object.

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    I always buy my phones from the official distributor therefore there is no question of being cheated with fake phones. I have always used Samsung phone. My first phone was also samsung (but a simple device because smartphones were not launched), and every time I have always bought from the dealer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluegreen View Post
    Where do they sell fake phones? I always buy my phones and electronical devices on mass surfaces that I trust or some small shops from known friends. I don't buy stuff like that on strange sites and stuff like that.

    But I really didn't knew that they try to copy known phones. I thought that they copied them and changed the brand, not trying to copy the actual brand logo and stuff like that.
    You can find it in both online and offline shops nowadays. Yes, they may even use the same brand logo to make it look as the original one. These people are least bothered about copyright or patent policies as they are already in the wrong business. Nowadays it is very difficult to differentiate the original one from a fake model. So as already mentioned about it would be better to have it directly from the manufacturer itself online.

    Otherwise if you plan to buy a costly phone also take an expert with you so that he can ensure that the model is a genuine one.

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    We can avoid buying fake Samsung phones if we know how to check the actual capability of the Phone by trying the camera and sensing the touch screen. Most fake Samsung phones have a low quality of camera and original Samsung phones have a clearer camera. To be able to not to get cheated by the vendors that we see in some of the stalls that displays fake ones we should know how to scan the phone itself because sometimes they also sell original ones and there is a little difference about the price and it is cheaper in the stalls. But for me if you want to be sure just visit the Samsung Phone website

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    Quote Originally Posted by Renren View Post
    We can avoid buying fake Samsung phones if we know how to check the actual capability of the Phone by trying the camera and sensing the touch screen. Most fake Samsung phones have a low quality of camera and original Samsung phones have a clearer camera. To be able to not to get cheated by the vendors that we see in some of the stalls that displays fake ones we should know how to scan the phone itself because sometimes they also sell original ones and there is a little difference about the price and it is cheaper in the stalls. But for me if you want to be sure just visit the Samsung Phone website
    Yes, I agree with you! It is an interesting manner to verify an original phone. But there are people that prefer to buy a phone on-line because it has a good price, so it is impossible to verify if a phone is original or fake like ebay or other sites.

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    Yes camera quality is a good indicator of a genuine device. Fake phones normally offer great discounts to accelerate its sales and when you are about to get a huge discount just be careful about that. As already mentioned it would be better to buy it from the website of the manufacturer itself. I think nowadays every manufacturer offer products online. You may find it a little bit costlier, but you can have peace of mind at least.

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