Shanzai darling rankles some, faces potential lawsuits
Shanzhai (simplified Chinese: 山寨; pinyin: shānzhài) (alternative spelling shanzai or shan zhai) refers to Chinese imitation and pirated brands and goods, particularly electronics. Literally “mountain village” or “mountain stronghold”, the term refers to the mountain stockades of regional warlords or bandits, far away from official control. “Shanzhai” can also be stretched to refer to people who are lookalikes, low-quality or improved goods, as well as things done in parody.
Product: Apple Peel
Enables voice calls + texting on your iPod touch via an attachment at the bottom.
From Shenzhen. Cheap. Lets you have an “iPhone” with whichever carrier you want. Even adds more battery to your iPod/iPhone.
As they ramp up to launch in the US (where iPhones are still locked to a specific carrier), bloggers say the Apple Peel brothers are set to face a lawsuit. (Though I have not found a reference of the suit actually occurring yet.)
- Order your Apple Peel 520 now!
- For more info on the Apple Peel creators, read the Epoch Times slightly-biased feature.
- For more quirky shanzai devices, see the Shanzai Gadgets blog.