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Monday
Jul122010

Dummy iPad

I received a dummy iPad in the post from HK today.



Its a perfect 1:1 non working copy. The only real differences (other than the complete lack of action) are the fact that the body and the screen are plastic rather than aluminium and glass - which make it just a tad lighter than the real one. Even the buttons (the volume and home) click the same as an original.

You may be wondering why I've bought a dummy iPad when I have already have a real one.....well it makes more sense than you might first think.

I'm in the process of constructing an iPad holder/docking station device (all will be revealed when I'm finished) and I needed a template to drill/carve/cut around. I didn't want to risk the chance of damaging my £699 64GB 3G original so I picked up this replica from Ebay. If I scratch the screen of this one with a screwdriver, it won't be such a big deal.

If you want a fake iPad - just do a search for "Dummy iPad" on Ebay - expect to pay about £30 including delivery. You may find that it is a cheap(ish) way to see if an iPad would fit into your life - and then you can always have some 'fun' with it ....give it to someone as a present just to watch their reaction or perhaps do a switcharoo on a friends iPad and then reverse your car over it, drop it in a pond etc etc....

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Reader Comments (4)

Hey TM,

Was the packaging like Apple's as well?

Ambrose

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbrose

Hi Ambrose,

No it was a plain white box. It was funny to see how much care was taken in wrapping this up though, it was about an inch thick in bubble wrap and other spongy packing material - An awful lot of trouble to go to to protect something that was already fundamentally 'broken' when they put it in the box.

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTechmoan

That's nice and kind of unusual to get stuff from China well wrapped. I usually receive my stuff barely wrapped and stuffed into a slightly padded manila envelope!

July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmbrose

Cool! It is genuinely a 1:1 copy, the only thing is no power runs through it ;-)

You can get these from www.pricethriller.com - most cheapest and reliable guys to buy from (beware of other places!)

July 31, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Lou

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