Windows Phone App Review: iClone

iClone for Windows Phone

The iClone app for your Windows Phone is an interesting novelty app. iClone pulls up a fake iPhone interface on your Windows Phone that doesn't look bad and has a little functionality to help sell things.

When you first launch iClone you'll be presented with the iPhone lock screen and from there you get the traditional iPhone layout with thirteen icons that include:

  • Messages (launches a new text message)
  • Photos (in-house album)
  • Calculator
  • Camera (launches your Windows Phone camera but pics are stored in-house)
  • Maps (Bing)
  • Calendar (takes you to your Windows Live calendar)
  • App Store (launches Marketplace app)
  • Clock
  • Screen Lock (pulls up the lock screen)
  • Notes
  • iTunes (pulls up Zune)
  • Siri (plays a few humorous quotes)
  • Settings (pulls up iClone settings and a few Windows Phone settings)

Swiping to the left pulls up the search screen and swiping to the right pulls up six more icons for a BMI (body mass index) app, a weight tracking app, a vibration app, a chess game, a rather nasty cowboy dueling app and link to the developer's Facebook page.

iClone Screens

Along the bottom of the screen you have tiles to launch an iPhone designed dialer, your email, web browser and fake iPod player. iClone ran smoothly but the iPod player was a little shaky at times.  Songs would mysteriously start playing again at random after you hit the pause button.

It's really a nice app but we couldn't help but ask why would you want to fool your friends into thinking you had iOS running on your Windows Phone. Especially when you have such a great OS to begin with.

Not wanting to read too much into things we took iClone for what it is, a well presented novelty app for your Windows Phone. I wonder how many "Is that the new iPhone?" type questions you'd get running iClone the next time you visit your local AT&T store?

iClone is running $.99 and you can grab it here at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Via: WIndows Phone ITA; Thanks, Cici

QR: iClone


Reader comments

Windows Phone App Review: iClone


This stupid app why would you want this. For me iPhone looks like a dead interface you always have to tap an app to see what's going on. With WP it's alive and always letting one know what's going on with just a glance.

Completely agree here. Even the WP7 demo app released for both the iPhone and Android are free. Don't know why they can't do the same here.

No offence to the developer but this is an insult to WP7. Let Android have this I mean they already have WP7 home replacements.

If you really need this interface then you probably don't deserve your Windows Phone. Just sayin' :)

Hey i wanna find out how to get gamefly to make an app like start a petition does anyone know what i have to do to go about it? please inbox me with some info i think windows phone should have an app considering gaming is supposed to be one of its main selling points :P

I agree, but we should send gamefly requests for a wp7 app just like we're doing for Chase(app slated for release in July on wp7) and other banking institutions. Remember MS can't make them do it alone, we have to petition as well.

all i know is if wp7 is supposed to be gaming friendly for someone who uses gamefly its a needed app hulu is cool and all but i can live without it id rather have apps that provide some sort of service :O ooh IMHO before you guys gang up on me. :p

To me, my phone is entertainment quick and easy on the go. I can still log into gamefly online via web browser, but as for Hulu I can't. Hulu is highly requested, and would make alot of window phone customers happy, this is the first time I heard a request for gamefly.

to each their individual needs i guess lol personally i cant stand watching movies on my phone my arm gets tired lol :D

wow, I am not sure what to say.  The reason I sold my iPhone 4, and upgraded to a Lumia 900, is because I was tired of the static icon field that is iOS on iPhone.  My Lumia 900 gives me a simple, fresh interface that is always brimming with glanceable info.  I still have to check every day and make sure that this OS actually came from Microsoft.  I would never load this pile of garbage, even for free.

Whoever developed this should be ashamed of themselves. What a disgraceful app, especially for PAY. Why would anyone who'd made the UPGRADE to Windows Phone's fantastic UI want to hobble their devices by switching back to a UI that's fundamentally stuck in an interface paradigm from 30+ years ago?
I made the switch from iOS to WP7 a year and a half ago, and there's ZERO chance I'd make the trek back. No thank you, stale, non-innovative UI.

Who is the fanboy??? Fyi i use a htc titan. I have posted here before... But there is no need to hate on a simple app and its developer.

I agree with you. Some obviously think this app has no place but it looks like it was well done and the developer should get credit for that. I wouldn't want to develop for WP anymore if this was the feedback I recieved from WP fans over a simple app that looks like an iPhone.

Yeah, these replies (and the ones about Talking TomCat) are making it look like Windows Phone users are myopic, miserable and humorless people.

Or just fucking jealous... I dont get it. We know our market is lacking some great app and more but we are fighting the developers who are bringing apps to wp7? Makes no sense.

See "ifun" for a similar app. There's an android version too, "fundroid". Not sure of the point apart from some kind of practical joke. Fairly weak though.

a buddy of mine was really proud of himself for installing osX on his Dell Latitude notebook.  He freaked out when I showed him how I installed iOS on my HTC Trophy. It was worth the .99!

+1... It would be awesome if you could really run ios even if it was mirror... Something like onlive desktop on iOS.. That way we get to use and play with all the ios apps.

Barf! Why would you play to make your phone worse???? The designer should make a WP UI for the (jail-broke) iPhone.

I bought it! It's worth the money because it reminds me what I'm not missing by avoiding iPhone.

iclone has been an app that was created on the old days of windows. I wonders if it's developed by same developer. I don't see a point on bringing it to wp7 but it's good to see more development

Patent trolling activated!! This to me is a lame use of developer skills (I guess an iPhone dev) why oh why would you make an app to make your phone look like another phone and especially one that is sooooo played out.
There would only be a handful of ways I might ever use this "type" of app (note not this app):
1. If I was somehow forced to use an iPhone or Android Phone I would use the I'm a WP7 emulator :)
2.  If I was forced to at gunpoint (even then I might resist)
3. If you paid me some cash (not pennies)
4. In another life

Looks pretty cool, and $.99 is really cheap compare to other apps on the marketplace. I don't understand why so many people are hating on the app and the developer. It's cool and some people will like it. That's what an app market is about, there should be all types of apps for everyone's liking.

who else thinks the interface looks of better quality on the windows phone than it does on the iphone in the first picture?

Why do I need iPhone crap user interface on my beautiful metro style Windows Phone?
This is one of the useless apps ever.

Who the heck cares?! I can't believe someone wasted their time developing this. D/l'd it, give it a one star rating, and your comments should be, "Really?!!!"

Calm down guys. It's just for fun! There's a smilar app called iFun in the marketplace already. It's free. I used it once to pull a prank on a friend of mine who is all Apple. Got a good laugh out of it.

What a waste of time. The developer should have spent the time wasted on this crap creating an actual app that's needed on windows phone OS.
99.99% of the people who love windows phone OS are running from that boring ass Apple UI.

These comments are awful. The developer seems to have made a perfectly fine app and deserves credit for that. If you don't want a prank iOS app that's fine but maybe some people do. I doubt most people who own a Windows Phone at this point will be downloading this app because they wish they were using iOS instead. Has anyone even thought that maybe this could be used to show people why Windows Phone is better?

The problem with your argument is that if we are trying to convince an iPhone user why their static wall of apps is so last decade then we are going to compare our phone side by side with their phone. No need for a useless .99¢ app.

A valid point. I was thinking that this way you could basically show what both OSes look like on the same device. This also might allow you to save people from buying an iPhone. It was just a thought

Lol, just go to an Iphone fan and tell them WP runs Ios better than thier phone, just too see the look on thier face.. That would be funny.

This is a fun, novelty app to fool your iPhone friends with. Then you turn the app off and PRESTO Windows Phone in all it's glory. Makes for greaty laughs at parties.

Calm down guys, it's just an app. If you don't want it, don't download it.
On another note, I donwloaded the iFun app just before the iPhone 4S release and I told my friend I got the new iPhone ahead of time. Needless to say he freaked out a bit (until he got a closer look and realised I was pulling his leg).

This application should be withdrawn from the marketplace because it is an insult to the great METROUI interface that is different from all others and is more pleasant for us users happy and loyal users of WP7

I feel offended by looking at this. He is good but that is get insulting the metro ui saying it's boring. Super offended like you guys

Its a a well made joke app that no one is forced to download nor does it permanently change the UI. Not sure why folks are bunching their panties over this

Funnily enough I used to run the HTML5 windows phone demo on my iPhone to mess with people.
I'd do the same with this, except I wouldn't pay a dollar for the lulz.

Who on the earth will install this app & use iPhones' stupid interface over WPs' own beautiful metro UI? isn't that the reason why someone would buy WP over other phones?

Apple co founder Woz will not like this too. Hahahahah the person who did app must be iPhone lover! Lets all not download this app to teach the person lesson.

Can we get some more interesting games such as Temple Run and Words with Friends. Windows phone needs a revolutionary app that people would die for such as angry birds. The key is to find an already made creation and improve on it if you cannot think of your own.

I will consider this. Could fool some of the cheerleading freshers into thinking I have an iPhone (Bradford uni is full of iPhone users). Unfortunately all the senior cheerleaders know it's a WP and may spoil my fun. They also all think WP is rubbish and taunt me for "having a rubbish phone"

Hey guys, I found this review through the Marketplace decription of iClone and I really think you should make an update on this. The app has a lot more to offer now, especially the recently added Android clone is just impressive! It's a perfect example for what awesome things can be done with Silverlight and that there is still some more potential in our Windows Phone 7.x devices!