Wednesday, April 21, 2010

WePad, The iPad Rival

A small German company with only 180 employees is trying to rival with Apple. The Berlin based Neofonie has launched the WePad tablet which aims to be a competitor for Apple's recently launched iPad. The WePad's marketing campaign actually criticizes the iPad while emphasizing the difference between "I" and "We" with their marketing slogan.

The Asia-manufactured WePad weighs 800 grams, has a 288 x 190 x 13 mm size and is Android-based. It's 11.6 inch display offers a 1366x768 resolution. Powered by the pretty fast Intel Atom N450 running at 1.66 GHz, the WePad has a built-in webcam, something the iPad designers forgot to add. To further nail the iPad in the head, the WePad has Java, Flash and Adobe Air support which makes navigating the Internet natural as it should be. The WePad also features two USB ports, GMA3150 graphics, a 6 hour lasting battery and a flash card reader.

There is a PDF document available online which outlines the similarities and differences between the iPad and the WePad made by available the WePad company itself.

When it comes to price, the WePad is a bit more expensive but considering the improvements and additional features when compared to the iPad, it may be worth it. If you can buy the base iPad for $499, the WePad starts at $599.

So, with a larger screen, a better screen resolution, a webcam and Flash support and true multitasking, you need to think twice before buying the iPad instead of the WePad. If WePad will be a success or not - only time will tell. For now, it looks promising!

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