WePad: Hands-on Video Demo, Pretty Impressive

By Posted 27 Apr 2010, 19:33

It looks as though Apple’s iPad might have finally met it’s match in the WePad, who after several unsuccessful public demonstrations have finally come up with the goods, and previewed a hands-on video for us to gawp over.

Unfortunately for us English speaking users, the video is only in German, so if you have a translator handy, or can even understand German, check out the video at the end of this post. If you are unable to understand the video, it is still worth a watch as you finally get to see the WePad in all it’s glory.

The WePad does look very impressive, and shows that the Atom N450 slate has a slick and intuitive workspace, which allows the user to open several applications at once without loosing visibility of the other application.

The 11.6-inch touchscreen which was demonstrated by Neofonie shows what exactly the WePad can do, and with a UI looking as impressive as it does, the iPad could be up for some serious competition. Especially in Germany where it is expected to drop in July for €449.

A €569 version is also expected to be released with twice the storage as the first (an upgrade from 16GB to 32GB) and integrated 3G. A release for the rest of Europe has still not been confirmed.

What are you impressions of the WePad?

Source: SlashGear

  • Marc

    Looks incredibly complicated to me. You think my grandmother would use that? It’s a device for geeks, not real people.

    • DigThat

      Allow me to refute your points:
      1 – The iPad can be held in any orientation, unless a third-party app specifically requires the vertical position. Unlikely, because as you say, horizontal is easier on the hands.
      2 – I'll agree that the applications update live on the screen. However, it can hardly be said that this is necessary. Most applications don't even need to be updated live on the screen, unless you're too busy to touch them and open them. If you can legitimately name me one application where the live updates are necessary, other than "It's right in front of you", I'll concede the point. It probably uses excess processor power too. I imagine that the battery life on this thing is five hours at best.
      3 – This hardly counts as a point. "Not to mention all the possibilities which are 100x more than the iPad." What possibilities? Be specific. And I'm pretty sure that there are something like a billion apps for the iPad. Prove that the WePad has more possibilities than THAT.
      4 – Saying that "there is no question about" something does not automatically make it true. You keep making points without backing them up.

    • DigThat

      Allow me to refute your points:
      1 – The iPad can be held in any orientation, unless a third-party app specifically requires the vertical position. Unlikely, because as you say, horizontal is easier on the hands.
      2 – I'll agree that the applications update live on the screen. However, it can hardly be said that this is necessary. Most applications don't even need to be updated live on the screen, unless you're too busy to touch them and open them. If you can legitimately name me one application where the live updates are necessary, other than "It's right in front of you", I'll concede the point. It probably uses excess processor power too. I imagine that the battery life on this thing is five hours at best.
      3 – This hardly counts as a point. "Not to mention all the possibilities which are 100x more than the iPad." What possibilities? Be specific. And I'm pretty sure that there are something like a billion apps for the iPad. Prove that the WePad has more possibilities than THAT.
      4 – Saying that "there is no question about" something does not automatically make it true. You keep making points without backing them up.

  • Peter

    Here is the press event in english:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyyfL8f0bhA

    Very good, all about the WePad.