Will the WePad give Android a head-to-head iPad killer?

Will the WePad give Android a head-to-head iPad killer?

Summary: The WePad, the as-yet unavailable tablet device from Germany's Neofonie (the page translated to English is available here, courtesy of Google Translate) has been receiving quite a bit of press this weekend. Maybe it's because we're right around the corner from the iPad launch on April 3rd.

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The WePad, the as-yet unavailable tablet device from Germany's Neofonie (the page translated to English is available here, courtesy of Google Translate) has been receiving quite a bit of press this weekend. Maybe it's because we're right around the corner from the iPad launch on April 3rd. Maybe it's because some worrisome talk is emerging regarding the control of content and Apps on the iPad. Maybe it's just because markets love competition. Whatever the reason, if this device can actually make it to store shelves any time in the first half of 2010, Apple may find that it has a real competitor on its hands in a way that Microsoft's Slate just can't provide.

A working prototype of the WePad was on display at CeBit and the device is currently being aimed at the German market where Neofonie already produces a variety of content and runs a search engine (WeMagazine and WeFind, respectively). However, a Samsung tablet with very similar specs has also been leaked, suggesting either potential crossover into other markets or simply a common ODM specification.

Like I said, this device remains a bit close to Vaporware for my tastes. However, specifications and photos available on the WePad site, the Facebook page, and various outlets (the European TechCrunch site has a particularly good writeup) suggests that a robust, direct competitor to the iPad is just around the corner.

Helmut Hoffer Von Ankershoffen (neofonie GmbH) holding the WePad at CeBit: While the iPad may be first to market, there are a number of tablets (hopefully the WePad will be among them) well along in the pipeline that will pit Android (running in slate form) and its Apps Marketplace head to head against Apple's tablet. The smart consumer will hang on for a couple months and let the dust settle a bit to see which product and associated ecosystem meets their needs better.

Topics: iPad, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

Christopher Dawson

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Chris Dawson is a freelance writer, consultant, and policy advocate with 20 years of experience in education, technology, and the intersection of the two.

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  • Another iPad Wannabe!

    The only problem is, all of these devices (including iPad) are going to "suck" in there 1.0 through 2.5 versions! I'm keeping my iPod Touch until this very new technology pans out and some really viable options appear! I'm done wasting my money on first-round failures. The only thing it does is give the companies who make these devices more $$$ to create the next sub-standard version to sell to you "again" and it won't be viable either. Take my advice, wait until you see a version 3 or 3rd generation model of these devices because that's when the kinks will probably be mostly worked out and you will actually get a positive ROI!
    tonyhunterajh
  • "WePad"? Isn't that a dog training device? (nt)

    :D
    IT_Guy_z
    • Oh, you mean the Wee-Wee Pad! :)

      Probably just semantics though! lol!
      tonyhunterajh
  • LMAO

    OMG, I just spit my coffee all over my monitor. Thanks,
    now I'll have to clean that up.
    drayner
  • Chris...Have you seen the TouchBook?

    http://gizmodo.com/5162584/first-hands-on-touch-book-is-part+netbook-part+tablet

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/netbook-tablet-touch-book-always,7143.html

    http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/touchbook/

    and then there is that Marvel Moby?

    http://blogs.zdnet.com/gadgetreviews/?p=13426
    LazLong
  • Smart don't need to wait:Android is'nt suited for the tabled yet; it FAILS

    I mean even now Android platform is crippled with countless almost compatible with almost all versions of Android OS, and, simultaneously, almost compatible with different versions of hardware.

    Android OS, as of now, is not optimized for tabled size at all and user experience due to differences in OSes and versions of tabled will be definitely poorer than with the iPad, which is rock-solid platform.
    DDERSSS
    • Android a good choice for tablet based computing

      It is touch based and designed for smaller screens. Like iPhone OS, Android us
      the right concept.

      OS X or Windows 7 is a fail.
      Bruizer
  • Why all the talk about "iPad killer"

    It's all the same noise that people made about the iPhone,
    and it's still on top. Apple has the whole package, Google
    is just playing follow the leader. Apples game plan is a family affaire.

    All of Apples "parts" make the package. From
    mobileme,Sync,iTunes,Mac's, & Apps.

    Now that Bing will soon be taking over as the number one spot,
    Google is just playing around trying to find a new cash cow.

    People are getting a little tired of "Goggling" and are now
    waking up to " Don't be evil" corporate slogan crap.

    They had a spy "Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of
    Google" with his spy camera taking home all of Apples
    ideas. And Thats why he resigned, or was it that the
    camera was full!
    MacNewton
    • iPad killer?

      More funny stuff brought to you by the ZDNet bloggers to generate hits. It's obvious they believe the iPad is gonna sell gazillions. ;-)
      Arm A. Geddon
  • Revisit the 1984 commercial.

    Big Brother is now Kim-il Jobs, who wants to control
    content on your machine, if you buy it from him, and lock
    you into his system. It may not be evil, but it sure is
    ego. Let the users be free.
    viztor