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Adding to the ever-growing list of knockoff devices found overseas, Nexian (an Indonesian mobile phone manufacturer) brings us the Android Magic A893 – a device that looks awfully similar to the iPhone, but which packs Android 2.2 Froyo and rings in at IDR 1,599,000 (about $175 USD). To get a better idea of the device's eerily familiar form factor, check out this unboxing video:

And here are the device's (less than magical) specs:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo
  • WCDMA 2100MHz and GSM 900/1800 MHz compatibility
  • HSPA/EDGE/GPRS
  • 3.5" HVGA multitouch display
  • VGA front shooter and 2MP rear camera
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5G Connectivity
  • 8GB Internal memory

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To the Magic's credit, the inclusion of interchangeable back plates is a nice touch, and the fact that the device (allegedly) has a capacitive display may put this device slightly above other knockoffs you may have seen. That being said, I wouldn't say that relying on this device as anything other than a novelty is advisable.

For a closer look at the Android Magic A893, check out Nexian's Product Info page.

Thanks, Andrew!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Wintrmte

    Turned it off .002 seconds in when I saw those monstrous finger nails..

    • Tyler C

      lol wtf, I agree

    • Doan

      Look closely at the nails. They're manicured.

  • Jorge

    He must not know about finger nail clippers...

  • jzonne

    How do you even order these? lol

  • http://SPOOLEDUPRACING.COM Aaron Ferguson

    My first thought too was good god, cut your nails.

  • Maniac

    haha OMG... those nails are just... I'm speechless.

  • sky

    haha wtf ,its like a Homo freddy lol

  • Carlos

    Thank god I'm not the only one freaked out by the nails.

  • http://wwwJoseAgapitoGonzalez Jose Agapito Gonzalez

    Nokiero keleden algo ami familia

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    A VGA rear shooter and a 2 MP front camera!! Did take it the other way around??

  • rubshack

    So, wait, this is a phone for people who want to have a phone that looks like the iPhone, but has none of the iPhone's build-quality. It's a phone for android fans, but who don't mind running an outdated version of the OS, with little-to-no hope of an upgrade to 2.3. It's a world-phone that only has manufacturer support in Indonesia.
    And the reason I would spend even one penny on this, much less $175 is...what?

    • RF

      Android Police aren't recommending the phone, it's more like a WTH News.
      The phone is only marketed in Indonesia obviously, and I believe they are targeting feature-phone users with low budgets (so they can make the "switch" to Android).

    • Tom

      "It's a world-phone that only has manufacturer support in Indonesia." Really? 900/1800mhz GSM = world phone? Crazy, I thought phones with 850/900/1800/1900mhz were considered world phones. This is a knock-off, and just goes to show people who want iPhones don't want them for their functionality, just to make other people think they have an iPhone.

  • Kiamat

    The guy in the video specifically calls out the resemblance to the iPhone. Also, he says the REAR camera is 2MP and the front camera is VGA.

    PS: I love how you hear the familiar iOS pop up sound in the background. Clearly someone in that room has a real iOS device!

  • Caveman

    Hi guys, I'm from Indonesia and here, we don't really have vast selections of Android phones. The flagship phones are expensive and contracts are very rare. Droid RAZR costs IDR 5.500.000 which is around 610USD . iPhone is even more expensive (IDR 6.800.000) and that's iPhone 4, not the new 4S (not yet released). People here don't have that kind of money, so knock-off or look-alike phones are popular. For example, there is a phone that replicates the BB 9900 and costs only around 80USD :D

    • Kiamat

      Good point. I don't think people realize that in most other parts of the world, phones are subsidized by the carrier so folks are paying full price. Not sure how many people here would be rocking the latest Android hotness if they had to drop full price for it.

      • hexocomb

        You mean to say that people don't realize that "in other parts of the world phones are NOT subsidized by the carrier" ;-)

    • http://androidpandora.blogspot.com/ Myself

      not to be offensive, but is it a tradition for man not to cut nails? or the guy in the video was a exception? it's hideous

      • IndoOverseas

        Yeah, lots of Indonesian man keep their nails. Wouldn't call it tradition, though. Some keeps super long thumb nails and nothing else.

  • Raphael

    I think it is important to understand different markets have different needs and not everyone gets a new "affordable" high end devices every months. The point is android makes this possible and for this we should all be happy. I know everyone is craving ICS but the last time I checked, froyo still works well for a smartphone OS

  • pemaincadanGan

    I'm an Indonesian too.. I can only add that clearly this phone is not for Android Police reader, the market segment is clear. I also thinks that the price is still too high for that kinda phone. I bet in 2 or 3 months it will get a 30% - 50% discount, believe me :)
    FYI, I'm an ex Nexian user, their first android was Journey, a clone of popular Foxconn F911 device,I got it with a 60% discount and so far that was their best.

  • Matt

    I love it when my two passions (Indonesia and Android) come together.

    Indonesia has historically been a Blackberry nation. In fact, I'm fairly certain Indonesia is RIM's largest market currently; one of the reasons why they decided to release their newest phone here first. However, due to a variety of reasons (including a crazy Minister of Information and Technology), RIM is just beginning to die out here as well, and something has to fill the void. Its still too early to tell but chances are Android will beat out iOS simply because of phones like the Nexian.

    It costs far less (since, has one poster mentioned, there are no subsidies here) than the iPhone or other high end Android phones. Also, its made by an Indonesian company. Even though I rolled my eyes when I first saw adverts for it a few months ago for looking EXACTLY like an iPhone I could see how it will be successful here and offer Android a chance to take the market before Nokia begins releasing their WP7's out here.

    Oh, and for all of you wondering about the fingernails; in Indonesia its a sign of prosperity to have long fingernails. It means you don't have to cut them down short to do manual / menial labor. Often times its just one finger (usually the pinky) but occasionally they do all of them. They are still however, well maintained and manicured.

  • Dark

    Now I wonder if Apple will try to sue Nexian for infringement on their design. They have pretty much sued everyone else. Haha.

  • http://twitter.com/djrits Ritesh

    I get the point of budget phones, non-subsidised phones, cheap phones etc. but that is just WTF LOL...

  • Zack

    Cut your nails and buy a real android phone :)

  • http://www.juraganled.co.cc Ricky

    I'm Indonesian-not too high pocket, but I'd rather buy smartphone from well known and reputable brand but the cheap one like Samsung Galaxy Y than from random china knockoff. It really troublesome to buy cheap, unreliable and fishy product. It's not something that would broken by itself but you have to be more careful when handle cheap chinese phone, like once dropped they easily dies, batteries have shorter lifetime, charger's cable is so thin so that it would easily cut of by daily usage, etc2.
    Nexian indeed Indonesian phone manufacturer, but to be clear it is just an assembling factory which is all electronic board, lcd, battery, etc is really imported directly from china. They just repackage chinese product to avoid import tax rules.

    It is better being a first version of yourself than a second version of someone else.

  • Abraham Putra P.

    will apple sue on it? lol :D

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