For those of you thinking that the i-pads are to remain dominant in the market for tablets, the upcoming Android tablets, WePads, could cause a drift in the entire scenario. WePads, developed by the German company, Neofonie GmbH are the Android featured tablets to be launched later in September this year, expected to be on the 19th. They have been officially renamed to wetab, for clear separation form the Apple i-pad. The simple necessities which were missing on the Apple i-pad, seems to have been met by this wetab.
What is WePad?
For those still in the dark as to what is a WePad, it is basically the name of a Linux based tablet personal computer.
The WeTab shall support multitasking, which to the disappointment of many, is not supported by the i-pad. Moreover, it has a larger display of 11.6 inch compared to the 9.7 inch display of the i-pad. Most users of the Apple i-pad were unhappy because of the missing camera, but the wetab is accompanied by a 1.3 megapixel webcam. Also the WeTab comes with USB ports, card readers and multi-pin connectors which are actually peripheral devices with the Apple i-pad.
For those who are fond of applications, the app store for the WeTab shall be the WePadAppStore along with the Google Android marketplace, in comparison to the stand-alone i-tunes app store for the i-pad. For e-book lovers, the WeTab shall support all open e-book formats, compared to the i-pad which shall only support proprietary Apple format from the iBooks store.
Even the music lovers were not left out by WeTabs. Music can be uploaded on the device without the need of specific software, but in the case of i-pads, they require the support of software Apple’s i-tunes. Looking at some other noteworthy features of the two devices, WeTabs are accompanied by 1.66 GHz processor, which stands out compared to the 1GHz processor of Apple i-pads.
The battery life of wetabs is only 6 hours compared to 10 hours of the i-pad. But the features of this wetab surely overpower its faults. But however good the features be, they must be affordable for the technology lovers and consumers to reach them.
Neofonie states, “To clearly differentiate our products within the international market for tablet computers, as of today we have changed the product name of our tablet computer from WePad to WeTab. Similarly, the company formerly known as WePad GmbH will now trade under WeTab GmbH. This change only concerns the name of the product and company. All other particulars and pre-orders are not affected.” Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen, founder and managing director of the Neofonie, said his open platform product contrasts Apple’s business strategy for the i-pad, which he alleges “dictates constraints all the way to marketing” for publishers and despite being a potential rival of the Apple i-pad, the “WeTab” is not an “iPad killer” as viewed by many.
But apparently, Ankershoffen declined to give a sales estimate. “Not thousands, not tens of thousands but many more will be sold before the end of the year,” he said.