I've been writing quite a bit about the iPad, and that's partially because I have one and love it. But now, to take on my iPad, German company Neofonie has supposedly come up with a tablet of its own called the "WePad." Yes, we get the pun, too.
But it's not just the WePad hardware that sounds impressive (it's said to run a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor, and have a 720p wide-screen display and a Webcam, among other things). It's also the thought that seemed to have gone into the ecosystem behind the device. It's said to run Android and Linux and have full access to the Android Marketplace, as well as a custom WePad app store.
Thing is, while the WePad is getting tons of (virtual) ink, not everyone's convinced it's real. At least one German Web site, the site for news channel N-TV, is questioning the authenticity of the device itself. How, it asks, can a small company in Germany so quickly put out a full-featured tablet when companies like Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Nokia don't have anything comparable to show off yet? Then again, a small company just came out with the CrunchPad JooJoo, so who's to say?
N-TV also points out that the prototype apparently shown off this week in Berlin didn't actually work--all it did was run a video of what the device can supposedly do.
But back to what the WePad does, if in fact it's the real deal.… Read more