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9 Tips to Help You Recognize Fake Gadgets


Cellphones have come a long way since they were first created. We’ve gone from giant walkie-talkie sized phones that could only make and receive calls, to flip phones that send messages and take photos, to the age of the smart phone, where cell phones are basically handheld computers. We use our cellphones to do so many things these days from:

  • Looking up a recipe,
  • Getting Directions,
  • Video Calling.

All of these features can make cellphones pretty expensive, and people tend to pick a favorite brand. Whether it be an iPhone, a Microsoft phone, or a Samsung—each one is handy and unique and there are several apps and functions that make these smartphones desirable.

Because of their demand, non-brand manufacturers attempt to cash in on the smartphone craze by creating and selling knock-off products. These gadgets will be designed to look exactly like your favorite Apple or Samsung product, but they might be completely fake! Here are 9 tips on how to spot a fake gadget and avoid getting tricked.

1. Packaging: One thing you may not pay much attention to is the packaging of your products. If you’re ordering online, it’s important to pay attention to the details and check for any sins of neglect. The real product will be in pristine condition without any flaws. 

Fonts on the back of the product are also something to look out for. Look for legibility, and consistency. You should also double check to make sure nothing is loose or tampered with.

2. Unboxing: Fake products may be stored in boxes that appear very much like the original. One thing to check for is text written in a language that is foreign to the country of purchase. 

One clue that a product—especially an iPhone—could be fake is if it comes in a plastic casing. iPhones never come this way so it would be a clear sign that this product has been tampered with and isn’t the real deal. 

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