YouPad, iPad, we all scream for WePad - or do we?

31 March 2010

Another day, another company jumping on-board the iPad bandwagon. This time we travel to Deutschland to take a look at the WePad. According to the fact sheet, it's a pretty impressive product, and certainly packs more in than Apple are willing to offer - two USB ports and a card reader, an 11.6 inch screen, a 1.66 GHz Atom processor, webcam, multitasking and support for Flash.

The only areas where it loses out are battery time - it's nearly half that of the iPad (although whether Apple can deliver ten hours of battery use remains to be seen) - and memory; it's 16GB as standard, although this is expandable. Presumably the WePad is touchscreen - there's no mention of this; there's also no mention of the operating system, although the fact sheet mentions that Android Market is supported by the device.

The iPad isn't available on pre-order yet - you can register your contact details for further information. Before you herald it as an Apple killer, however, there are a couple of points of concern. The first is there's no price set yet. In fact, the manufacturers are asking fans of their Facebook page what the price should be - perhaps it's a hat-tip to social media to make prospective customers feel warm and fuzzy, but it's hardly the professional way to go about your market research.

The second is that there are only two low-quality photos available of the actual device, both on their Facebook page - the rest of the images are all Photoshop-style designs. To our admittedly wonky eyes, the shape of the WePad in the photo doesn't marry up with the shape in the designs. In fact, they're nothing alike:

Bitterwallet - WePad; spot the difference

So the WePad is promising plenty, but what will it actually deliver? Whatever that seriously good looking product on their website is, it's doesn't appear to be the thing photographed in the hands of users.

TOPICS:   Social Media   Gadgets

12 comments

  • Nobby
    I still don't really see the point. Buy a netbook, so the screen is covered and doesn't get scratched when it is in your bag. And do more with it.
  • Paul S.
    I still don’t really see the point. Buy a desktop, so it won't be in your bag when it's stolen by some thieving bastard on the bus. And do more with it.
  • Nobby
    Or just go to the library and print out the internet.
  • Crisp
    ^ lol.
  • Klingelton
    i can envisage one practical use for a project i'm currently doing which could benefit from tablets - that said, i wouldn't buy one for my own personal usage - i think it will be a fad that will pass.
  • Fatal E.
    I'd imagine it will run ChromeOS due to android market support. Of c ourse it 'may' run Android, but what sort of retarded company would put a Phone OS on a Tablet PC?
  • dunfyboy
    Shame the photoshopped one looks nicer than the real thing. How often have you thought that on the internet? Still no point tho.
  • Fatal E.
    Also, daylight shots of a screen? FAIL. Even Apple aren't that stupid.
  • The B.
    [...] Despite our suspicions, the We Pad is apparently real – or at least they’ve made one of them. At a press launch in Berlin at the beginning of the week, there was a single device for journalists to look at, and it wasn’t running the Android OS promised in the specs, but Windows 7 instead. [...]
  • The B.
    [...] Despite our suspicions, the We Pad is apparently real – or at least they’ve made one of them. At a press launch in Berlin at the beginning of the week, there was a single device for journalists to look at, and it wasn’t running the Android OS promised in the specs, but Windows 7 instead. [...]
  • Born2Hula
    I don't know why they even bother trying. The only serious market for this are going to be the people who purposefully buy non-Apple products because they think people honestly care and they wouldnt mind if the thing was made of chewing gum and tied up with shoelaces.
  • iPad B.
    [...] iPad competitor was launched in Germany, that claimed it would rule the world of tabley computing. We had our doubts back then – simply because there was no evidence of its existence other than a clunky production model [...]

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