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