Chinese Vita Copycat Droid X360 is a Lawsuit Waiting to Happen
Posted by Damien McFerran
Attack of the clone
While western companies take each other to court over the tiniest little patent infraction, over in China hardware manufacturers have no such concerns; they'll happily copy a rival product right down to the design - something which is proven perfectly by the Droid X360.
Looking every inch like a PlayStation Vita, this is actually an Android 4.0-based device which boasts 8GB of storage, microSD cart support, a capacitive touch-screen, physical gaming controls and access to the Android Google Play market, which boasts thousands of apps and games.
The catch? It's awful. We've been (un)lucky enough to have a mess about with one, and the quality is dire. The buttons are unresponsive, the operating system has more bugs than your car's front radiator and the system generally feels painful to use. As if the obvious legal issues surrounding its appearance weren't enough, the unit also features preloaded emulators for the Mega Drive, SNES, N64 and PlayStation.
The machine costs around £75/$120, which may be cheaper than a real Vita but the user experience is vastly, vastly inferior. If you're tempted by the idea of an Android-powered console with gaming controls and access to thousands of games, then we'd advise you go for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play instead.