Originally Posted by PhotonFanatic
These threads always turn out the same. Have the chinese ever, even one time, put out something that we'd all like to have? At that time. I can't think of a single instance. Anything at all, that would compete with the western variant/brand. I mean the stuff is getting better, but it was getting better 10 years ago. I think that country is meant to produce goods for other countries. Not innovate. At least, not at this time. Maybe 25 years from now.
For me Xiaomi phones are a great alternative to big names likes Samsung.
A lot of people in former eastern bloc like those chinese phones for their good price/performance ratio.
They are just affordable and better equipped than the competition.
Other xiaomi products are also getting popular. Autonomous vacuum cleaners, electric scooters, home appliances etc.
Huawei was known for even longer. Wireless modems came first IIRC (it's what I remember) and later phones with other equipment.
Ever heard of test equipment ?
Rigol is pretty much #1 choice for amateurs(DS1052E before and currently DS1054Z) when it comes to oscilloscopes.
There's also UNI-T for multimeters and other measuring equipment.
The thing with Chinese is kind of the same as Japan before.
Japan was weak but through years they managed to improve a lot.
At first some US electronics manufacturers started making their TV's and Radio equipment in Japan in order to make them cheaper.
Later the japanese companies learned to make products better and cheaper than their american competitors.
Various "famous" US companies of that time(eg.Zenith,RCA) are gone, meanwhile Japan companies are doing fine.
Why ? US companies stopped improving and thought that beeing american is enough to win the market.
Same went with automotive industry. First they laughed at those small japanese import cars and now ?
Currently Chinese are good at making the same stuff but cheaper.
In semiconductor industry they often make replacements of more expensive western chips.
Say Texas Instruments switching power supply chips are getting replaced with domestic XLsemi and other clones.
In space industry they based on soviet/russian designs but also came up with their own equipment later.
They became open to the west in 1970's which is pretty "recent".
So with time they should be able to make their own stuff.