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  • It's The WePad vs. The iPad This Summer


    In what's being presented by some in the media as a pay-per-view worthy showdown between Apple's tablet and it's rival German twin, the latest "real" head to head competition for the iPad comes against a little something called the WePad. Perhaps you've heard of it. A German company is taking aim at Apple with a new device that clearly knocks-off the tablet and attempts to infuse a few extra bells and whistles.

    The Android tablet hitting the German market in summer is, without question, remarkably similar to the iPad, yet it supports Flash, sports a bigger screen, serves up a webcam and even two USB ports. And while the WePad's makers at Neofonie and 4titoo say the device isn't an 'iPad killer,' its ostensible goal - to take a bite out of the iPad's market share - is obvious. And the WePad was cleverly designed with certain iPad deficiencies in mind. Taking a swipe at iTunes, in fact, the makers of the WePad are taking every opportunity they get to notify potential buyers that no special software is needed to listen to music.

    Most interested buyers, however, are seemingly fixated about the device's USB ports which, naturally, enable the tablet to be connected to a wide variety of accessories that will embellish the WePad user experience. Preorders can be placed in Germany on April 27th, with the product launch tentatively planned for late July. And with international iPad delays on the horizon, the April pre-order strategy for the WePad could help the new device gain some momentum over its Apple rival - at least in Germany.

    The basic WePad delivers Wi-Fi capability and 16 gigs of storage for euro 449 ($600). A 32-gig with 3G modem, however, is naturally priced higher at euro 569. The makers of the WePad are endeavoring to present the German tablet as a relative bargain when compared to the iPad, given how the WePad offers "more functionalities" and more opportunities for modification and accessory use. As a result, executives at the German company expect sales to far outpace industry expectations.

    Image via Boston Globe
    This article was originally published in forum thread: It's The WePad vs. The iPad This Summer started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 92 Comments
    1. reggie6801's Avatar
      reggie6801 -
      I believe later versions of the iPad will have some of the things that this German iPad will have. As far as flash goes I don't think we'll ever see that…
    1. C-dub's Avatar
      C-dub -
      Interested, im gonna wait for the head to head before i make the call
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      this is soooo much better than that iPad sh*t! in for one. flash alone sells me on it. Apple - you nailed it with the iPhone. you f*cked up with the iPad.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So the 16 Gb made by a make no one has heard of is the same price as the Apple device? and the 32Gb at approx $777 is more expensive than the 32Gb with 3G from Apple?
      I'm not sure many people will think a few extra features are worth it.
      I could be wrong....
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I suppose the next line of high end notebook computers will then look "remarkably similar to the macbook pro" too right? Give me a break, tablet devices all look similar. Aside from thickness, a 5 year old tablet PC looks similar to the iPad as well.
    1. sandymary's Avatar
      sandymary -
      Quote Originally Posted by idesideratum View Post
      this is soooo much better than that iPad sh*t! in for one. flash alone sells me on it. Apple - you nailed it with the iPhone. you f*cked up with the iPad.
      Im with you on this one.
    1. dhamien's Avatar
      dhamien -
      In my eyes, when a company sets out to specifically imitate and beat another product, even if they use slightly better hardware, they've already lost.

      What sells are original products and Apple are pretty good at doing that.
    1. flxj21's Avatar
      flxj21 -
      Great news!
    1. bobby563's Avatar
      bobby563 -
      They forgot to mention that it has a Card Reader and an HDMI-output.
    1. mikef's Avatar
      mikef -
      I love my iPad, of course I wish there were a few extra things on it, in it, and what not, but that said I'd rather have a company i know and some what trust make my product that i can rely on and get updated on a regular basis. I don't think apple has everything right all the time, but hopefully they start to interwork some of these bells and whistles into the next gen iPad
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      So the 16 Gb made by a make no one has heard of is the same price as the Apple device? and the 32Gb at approx $777 is more expensive than the 32Gb with 3G from Apple?
      I'm not sure many people will think a few extra features are worth it.
      I could be wrong....
      If the user interface is cool then it might just win the first round. Integrating a camera, HDMI, USB and a larger screen with what seems to be a more open platform as well.....not to mention the ever fabled FLASH support. I like how Apple and Steve Jobs are trying to re-direct the way all websites are being made now.
    1. bobby563's Avatar
      bobby563 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      So the 16 Gb made by a make no one has heard of is the same price as the Apple device? and the 32Gb at approx $777 is more expensive than the 32Gb with 3G from Apple?
      I'm not sure many people will think a few extra features are worth it.
      I could be wrong....
      The iPad is probably going to cost 450 and that's not 499$. So it might not be that expensive in the US.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      I find it less and less cool that Apple intentionally leaves out key features so as to get first-gen buyers to upgrade. We are just now getting multi-tasking in the iphone and only got cut/past 9 months ago. Anyone who says that wasn't intentional is living under a rock. This damn tablet has been rumored 3+ years now and they still couldn't get a camera in it?? C'mon.

      Plus, I've been a devoted iPhone user since the OG back in '07 and have owned all 3 iPhone versions but the Android platform is looking more appealing the more I see of it. Apple better be careful lest the lemmings wake up a realize Apple has been fleecing them on EVERY release for the last 3+ years.
    1. remag49's Avatar
      remag49 -
      i think the ipad beats it cuz it has the app store, but this beats it in hardware
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      I'll just wait for the 2nd gen iPad and will only get it if its jailbroken and worth the money. What's with the g*y names, WePad, iPad..
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      I'm returning my iPad TODAY. This device is what I always wanted in my iPad. USB, HDMI, FLASH, CAMERA, iTUNES-FREE, BETTER PRICE, BIGGER SCREEN.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I'll just wait for the 2nd gen iPad and will only get it if its jailbroken and worth the money. What's with the g*y names, WePad, iPad..
      thats funny....

      look , even a microwave has a usb port



      not that i need it on my iPad

      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      I'm returning my iPad TODAY. This device is what I always wanted in my iPad. USB, HDMI, FLASH, CAMERA, iTUNES-FREE, BETTER PRICE, BIGGER SCREEN.
      fail...
    1. Bluprint's Avatar
      Bluprint -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikef View Post
      I love my iPad, of course I wish there were a few extra things on it, in it, and what not, but that said I'd rather have a company i know and some what trust make my product that i can rely on and get updated on a regular basis. I don't think apple has everything right all the time, but hopefully they start to interwork some of these bells and whistles into the next gen iPad
      you got one company laying it all in the table for you versus apple who hasn't.

      z3r01 your delusional, not even worth my time.

      BTW i didn't say the iPAD is not a great device cuz I really do like it but the We sounds too good to pass up, after 14 days I could always return it for an iPad. no problem. the fangirls gotta stop attacking me for testing a device out.
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Will be funny once flash is replaced by HTML 5
      Then all apple device competitors will have to think up a new and dumb reason
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      A tablet is only as good as the software you can run on it Last time I checked the android app store was a JOKE! For everyone else saying.. "OMG these are all the things I wish Apple had put on their iPad"... you have no clue how their business model works. Do you think the maker of this WePad is going to be innovative enough to upgrade it in a way that makes you buy it year after year like most iPhone customers do? No way! Apple will do what they always do... give you just enough to make you upgrade.. but leave you wanting more.. and make BILLIONS and be one of the most successful companies in existence.