Tablet Wars: WePad vs iPad

Posted on April 19, 2010 by .

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The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

The WePad offers users everything missing on the iPad.

A German manufacturer has produced a tablet computer to challenge the iPad.

Microsoft, HP, Nokia and Google have all announced upcoming tablets, and the newest entrant into the tablet sweepstakes is German manufacturer Neofonie GmbH’s WePad, which might just be the first true Apple rival in the tablet market.

The WePad features an 11.6-inch screen (compared to the iPad’s 9.7-inch display), a webcam, a SIM card slot, multitasking and USB ports. Perhaps more importantly the WePad is operating on a Linux-based platform that supports Flash, Java, and allows the user access to the Android Marketplace as well as other apps through the WePad meta-store. The tablet uses an Intel Atom Pineview-M chip with 1.66 Gigahertz chip and promises to ship with an open source office package.

Neofonie is planning to release the WePad in July 2010.

Neofonie wants to attract publishers who are unhappy with Apple’s restrictions and pricing. European publishing giant Gruner + Jahr has already announced a partnership with Nefonie and will have materials ready for launch day. Negotiations are underway with several others, including Axel Springer, Europe’s biggest newspaper publisher.

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