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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.

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    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. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Not that this device wont be cool or anything but its just another "here today, gone tomorrow" device. There will be tablet devices coming out of the woodwork now.
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      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....
      iPad is branded by Apple but do you know who made it? China and Taiwan. I believe so is this WePad probably made by factory next door.
    1. bobby563's Avatar
      bobby563 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Are you kidding me?! The original iPhone had EVERYTHING compared to any other smartphone on the market. It was the most revolutionary mobile device of it's time. It was the first all touch screen phone ever. The iPad is the first functional tablet OTB that's worth buying! Apple is always first to debut a product.. Where's the Slate? Where's the Courier? Where's Dell's tablet? Where's Google's tablet?
      Pleeeeaaaase!? You're not objective anymore. The original iPhone had a lousy OS with no Apps(every other Phone had Apps), No UMTS, No GPS, No FrontCam, No Voice Control, Nothing really,which every phone already had. Even though you didn't need those feat.. Other people wanted them ,so they didn't buy it. Plus the iPhone wasn't that popular until the 3G came out. So stop praising sth., that didn't bring anything but a great UI and touchscreen (which existet before BTW). My N95 had more features.

      And for the buying and selling part. Why would I go through that. Apple stuff is just fun. But if that fun only last 3 days until I realize what a featureless Product I bought, I don't want it. I'd rather wait for the next one.
    1. unklbyl's Avatar
      unklbyl -
      I am with the majority on one part, but concerned on the other.
      I WILL buy the wepad or whatever it is eventually called for three reasons.
      1. USB ports. come on Apple, get a dang clue.
      2. Flash. The rest of the world is ALREADY there.
      3. The German company that makes it has done their homework, and I tell you from experience, the German market is a tough one to break. The guarantee and warrantee have to be very good, and the product itself has to pass a LARGE amount of testing before they are offered to Joe Q. Public.
      Bottom line,
      the "international delay" combined with lower quality product from a higher quality company will not sway me. a smart man said it right. iphone was good. ipad 1st gen is trash. The kid on youtube with the baseball bat made one mistake. he took it out of the box!
      unklbyl
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Curious on the 3G ipad
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      It's even crazier how one app on the iPad , the abc app, has gotten so much reviews and downloads and talk about
      ...what android app has done that? None....that shows you what potential and interest developers and users have for such an os...
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
      It's even crazier how one app on the iPad , the abc app, has gotten so much reviews and downloads and talk about
      ...what android app has done that? None....that shows you what potential and interest developers and users have for such an os...
      I don't see why you keep going on and on about android. The Appstore is a tried and true service that has been around for about two years. The android appstore has been around for far less. Give it some time to gather popularity. If you are basing it on the number of devs and applications, we can argue OSX is crap because the vast majority of applications being produced today are for Windows. With the acception of games (and yes, this is a BIG thing), my friends on android OS have all of the apps that I would ever want on my iPhone. That said, we weren;t getting amazing games like SFIV, Final Fantasy, etc. a few short months after the Apple appstore came out. Why expect any more of the android appstore in its infancy.
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Im curious... What would you guys use a USB port for? Keyboard? Buy a laptop. Webcam? Buy a laptop. Mouse?.. Hmm no.
    1. moneybanks14's Avatar
      moneybanks14 -
      sweet if microsofts is anything like this i will be purchasing it, without jb the ipad in my opinion is an internet browser.

      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Im curious... What would you guys use a USB port for? Keyboard? Buy a laptop. Webcam? Buy a laptop. Mouse?.. Hmm no.
      external hardrive, not being funny pos but i think your head is up apples butt, are you a fan boi? also im sure apple sell keyboards for the ipads?.. Hmm yes.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      "external hard drive"? so you want a company which has two models of a product, one having a larger storage capacity than the other, hence the higher price, to put a USB so you can connect an "external hard drive"?

      wow
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      So what if I like apple products. I also custom build my desktop PCs and like windows. I love to try out new technology and test different products. I pride myself in playing the devils advocate though to true justify things. External HD isn't a good reason.. A tablet is meant to be a secondary device with ultra portability. If you can't wait till you get home to sync your content onto your device then you didn't plan very well. No one wants to tote around a HD or a KB or a power source. Yes the iPad is compatible with keyboards but doesn't need a USB port
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by PlatoTheForms View Post
      "external hard drive"? so you want a company which has two models of a product, one having a larger storage capacity than the other, hence the higher price, to put a USB so you can connect an "external hard drive"?

      wow
      Lmao exactly lol
    1. bobby563's Avatar
      bobby563 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      So what if I like apple products. I also custom build my desktop PCs and like windows. I love to try out new technology and test different products. I pride myself in playing the devils advocate though to true justify things. External HD isn't a good reason.. A tablet is meant to be a secondary device with ultra portability. If you can't wait till you get home to sync your content onto your device then you didn't plan very well. No one wants to tote around a HD or a KB or a power source. Yes the iPad is compatible with keyboards but doesn't need a USB port
      I don't think it's about whether you like them or not. I honestly love Apple products. But if they lack features, why lie to yourself. If something is ****** and could've been done way better if they didn't think only about their money, why not say it. If the current iPad is enough for you to buy(and we know that your going to upgrade) then just buy it, but don't defend it like it's perfect, cuz you know it's far away from being perfect.
      I don't know about USB, but I would like an SD-Slot.
    1. Conas's Avatar
      Conas -
      Wow I'm afraid to say I really like this thing. It's what a want in an iPad, but it's not an iPad so I probably won't get it. USBs are a must for me, and HDMI is huge a plus
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      As much as people don't want to accept it.. Apple is a publicly traded company and the people that Steve Jobs has to answer to is the shareholders. Shareholders drive this company and care about profit and dividends year after year. From their perspective the first generation iPhone and iPad are perfect because they lack essential features and beg for an upgrade. So depending on what side you're on you may have a different view on things. If you were heavily invested in apple you could use your dividends to buy all the other "better" products on the market. Now that would be irony at it's best.
    1. carolinamic's Avatar
      carolinamic -
      Looks like all the features are there. Who said that you would plug your own external hard drive maybe it's someone else's. The ipad was suppose to be the device between the laptop and iPhone but it's not. I like apple but I'm holding my money until they stop holding the features.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      ipad wins because of all the fanboys and the app store...
    1. sabersurfer's Avatar
      sabersurfer -
      Gonna keep my eye on this one, really like the prospect of the Android Tablet.

      Full Flash Support is a big seller for me on this.

      Lets see how it fairs in field testing first though.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Im curious... What would you guys use a USB port for? Keyboard? Buy a laptop. Webcam? Buy a laptop. Mouse?.. Hmm no.
      syncing an ipod? boy, that's a new one
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      syncing an ipod? boy, that's a new one
      Seriously? That's like saying I wanting sync my iPod video with my iPod nano. The iPad has an iPod component to it!! It's not meant to be your primary computer with hundreds of gigs of storage to serve up media to other devices... Geez!! I feel like I'm talking to a group of 15 year olds.. Oh wait... That's about the median age on this forum these days.