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Move over iPad, Hello WePad

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

The e-Readers Wars

While the world is still buzzing about the new iPad’s weekend release, we are continuing our series on The e-Reader Wars. Today’s topic is the WePad out of Germany.

WePad lays out a side-by-side comparison with the iPad on their website. Here is a sample of the areas where WePad beats the iPad.

  • 11.6″ 1366 x 768 Pixel Display
  • 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M Processor
  • 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • 2 integrated USB ports, Card reader, Audio output,
    SIM Card Slot, Multi-Pin Connector
  • Flash and Adobe AIR
  • WePad Apps and Android Apps
  • Multitasking
  • Supports all open eBook formats plus WeBook premium formats (available Q4 2010)

It looks like the only areas Apple wins in this head-to-head is battery life. The iPad weighs less too, if that is important to you. This looks like a pretty solid tablet. Android Apps are a definite plus. Hopefully this means actual Android Market apps, but if not you can check out some alternatives. Again, this is a tablet, not an e-Reader, but considering it supports open formats for e-books, that is a good start. I am still not convinced that this belongs in an e-Reader category, but as Apple seems to be pushing the concept, and this is the running theme for this series, I am making the comparisons.

The pricing for the WePad appears to be in development stages still, so when a price is published I will post about it. Until then, I think this is definitely a better value than the iPad. Whether it can beat an e-Reader has yet to be seen.