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For a person who is not very well versed in technology, it becomes very difficult to differentiate between the original or fake mobiles and accessories. Earlier we talked about how shops in the market are selling repainted phones and laptops. Here are the tips that will help you differentiate in fake and original the next time you go to the market to buy a phone or its accessories.

Packing and User Manual

Check the packaging quality and the fonts printed over the packing and pay close attention to the thickness or boldness of fonts as the manufacturers of fake mobiles don’t emphasize on their packing that much.

Take a look at the user manual, which is a small booklet provided with the device. The user manual is often referred to as the passport of your device hence if the manual is in the same language as the product’s country of purchase it’s original, but if it’s in some other language such as Japanese and the phone has not been manufactured in Japan, then its a fake or smuggled product.

Quality and Appearance

fake phone and real phone

Take the build quality into account. It is quite obvious that the cheap products do not focus on a higher build quality. Whether you are in the market to buy a phone or some accessory, build quality matters a lot.

Original products have a very smooth finishing while cheap replica products might have some flaws in their build quality and material finish.

If you get a chance to use the phones first hand, ask for alternate models and try to compare their weight, button positioning, display size, paint finish, missing functions or an overall lack of quality.

Moreover, The company’s logo is patented and cannot be replicated by bogus products. Check the company logo on your product and compare it to the original logo which can be easily found on the internet.

Charger Plug Pins

Charger Sockets

The socket pins of the original charger are different from that of a duplicate one. The original charger pins have a plastic ring near to the body of the charger. While this may not be universally applicable, you can still spot the fake out by its build quality.

Charging Pin and Earphone Rings

Differentiate original and fake mobile and accesories

The charging pin at the end of the charging wire is also a differing point between the original and fake chargers. The original one has a charger pin that is slimmer, less thick or less lengthy than the fake charger.

Original earphone / ear-pods pins have white rings on them whereas the fake ones have black rings.

IMEI Number


All original phones have IMEI number written under the battery, on the packing or by pressing *06 on the phone. Ask the retailer or the device’s IMEI number or check it yourself. Websites such as imeidb.gsma.com offer services through which you can always check the legitimacy of a phone’s IMEI number.


Last but not the least, if the price feels to get to be real there is a big possibility the product in your hand is not an original one. Smartphones made keeping a budget in mind do not use high-quality parts and retail at even half the price of the original model.

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