WePad – Real iPad Alternatives?

A lot of media companies are focusing all their efforts on iPad and iPhone development. Maybe they should be looking at ways of doing cross platform development (there are a few new promising tools out ther).

Today Neofonie is introducing the WePad, a German-made unit that promises “fast Internet connectivity, a complete world of ready-to-use applications and easy access to books and photos, as well as magazines and newspapers from various publishers via the WeMagazine ePublishing Eco System.

More info:
The WePad supports Adobe Flash/Adobe Air, all android applications, it multitasks, 2 USB ports, built in speakers, has a 2 Meg webcam, flash card reader, 6 hours of battery life and has a “WeMagazine publishing ecosystem”

More info for the geeks:
A screen of 11.6 inches (1366 x 768), an Intel Atom N450 at 1.66 GHz, GMA 3150, microfan for cooling, memory of 16 GB NAND Flash (or 32 GB internal + 32 GB optional SD card), a 2 Meg webcam, two USB ports, flash card reader, a UMTS modem, 3G, blue tooth and six hours of battery life.

My quick thoughts on the product

Both good and bad:

  • It’s not Apple – No matter if you like Apple or not, you can’t deny their ability to create good interfaces and devices that don’t feel like something built in a offshore sweet shop.

The bad:

  • Apple’s chip will offer better graphics than the WePad, as the Atom processor is barely capable of 720p video.
  • It won’t have the great looking applications that flood the Apple Store. The Android apps don’t have the same design sense and simple interfaces.
  • Lot of ad on options
  • Not sure about the US tech support since it’s a German based company

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