iPad competitor receives fake five star reviews - from its CEO
Way back in March, an iPad competitor was launched in Germany, that claimed it would rule the world of tablet computing. We had our doubts back then - simply because there was no evidence of its existence other than a clunky production model and lots of photoshopped images. Still, the device was launched at an event hosted by CEO Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen.
It was then discovered that the WePad was launched running a video of its UI, rather than an actual UI. Then the company changed the product name from WePad to WeTab, obviously to ensure nobody thought they were shamelessly ripping off Apple, and it was made available to buy in Europe last month.
So what now? Well, our friend Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen has resigned from the company, for faking five star reviews of his own product on Amazon. Gah.
Two reviews appeared on Amazon's German site for the WeTab, one in the name of a respected computer club member, the other from an account apparently belonging to Hoffer's wife. According to Engadget: "Hoffer admits that it was a mistake not using his own name and says he posted the reviews without the knowledge of the company." Er.