I work selling Apple products for a living. It’s a great job and I’d like to give you a few tips, if you are looking to buy an iPhone abroad. The iPhone in question (shown below) I could immediately tell the customer that it was not an original by simply examining the screen, and seeing it was a smaller size than I was used to handling.
Some basic differences:
- If the back of the phone unclips and allows you to insert a SIM card, it is definitely a fake. The iPhone 4 (i.e. the original) has a tray at the top of the device that pops out and allows you to insert the SIM card.
- On a fake, the back of the phone will have a small rectangle showing the size (in gigabytes). You will never see this on an original iPhone 4. (The original iPhone 4 is on the right hand side.)
- The screen on the fake iPhone 4 is smaller.
- I found that the interface wasn’t very responsive to my finger. I haven’t included a picture of the interface here, but I found it took at least 3 seconds before the interface responded to touch.
- The Absolute Acid Test would be to plug the device into a computer with iTunes if you are unsure of the physical features. If it is not an original iTunes (whether on a PC or MAC) will not recognize the unit at all.
Trust this information helps 🙂