iPad vs. WePad Tablet

By Peter Chubb - Apr 19, 2010

When Apple unveiled to the world its iPad, we all thought that they were mad, but strong early sales have proved many of us wrong. Steve Jobs said that 2010 will be the year of the tablet, and the announcement from a number of PC makers offering their own incarnation of a slate device proves that Jobs knows what he is talking about.

It is no secret that all tablets released now will be compared to the Apple iPad; this is the case with WePad. The launch of this device could cause a headache for Apple and its iPad in Germany as this 11.6-inch device will allow publishers to have greater control of the content.

The iPad offers no Flash Player support, but runs on iPhone OS – so has complete access to iTunes App Store. The WePad offers full Adobe Flash Player Support and runs on the fast and smooth Linux OS and will utilize Android apps. Apple wins in the app department, but cannot help but think that the custom Linux OS will perform better than iPhone OS.

Looking at some of the main specs of both tablet devices I cannot help but think that the WePad wins out again 1,66GHz processor compared to Apple’s 1GHZ, although the iPad offers greater storage capacity. The battle between these two looks as though it will go back-and-fourth, but let us not forget that Apple is to offer an update to the iPad operating system in June, to iPhone OS 4.0. We are not certain if the WePad has what it takes to take on the might of Apple and its iPad device, only time will tell. For more details visit I4U

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  • MacSci

    I was planning to be an early UK iPad adaptor, specifically as a tool for access to scientific literature and molecular software. Notwithstanding that using the iPhone OS severely curtails options for the latter (ie elegant desktop OS solutions are not being ported in even medium future), the use of an iPod connector requiring a clutter of (expensive) adaptors to access standard drives, media cards etc., are limits that are hard to hurdle to justify an iPad as well as a Macbook. Looking at the potential Wepad new movies, it is pretty clear this is fast and sleek, and though not quite the Bentley-user quality of iPad, its pretty decent and if it comes with access to Linux variants of existant science software, it might win me over. Without having to buy a iPhone dock-adaptor for USB, one more for FW one more for Webcam, one to use it to present…!!! So much so my plan to buy an iPad the day of release will now wait till I see a Wepad. I *am* an Applefanboy, running 4 Macs at home, iPhone, and a catalogue of previous Macs etc. But the iPad is looking just a little bit like its got too many restrictions and that these finally in an Apple device, out-balance the elegance. The wepad means out of the box using SD cards, connecting to projectors to give talks, and hooking to USB drives and printers. With an iPad might have to haul around a pack of adaptors (no doubt soon to be followed by an elegant 'multi-adaptor pouch for iPad' on the Apple Store!! The iPad needs to do everything the wepad does AND OFFER SOMETHING MUCH MORE to not find its initial sprint start leading to second lap tail-ending. The Wepad (and the other prototypes out there) show that slapping the hardware together for an iPad is easy. What the iPhone had at launch was a huge lead in the App market and it is that which drove it to dominance. iPad doesnt have that benefit. Android has taken just months to overhaul iPhone OS market share in the US, and for Pad systems, the Android OS is no longer years behind in terms of app capabilities, plus Linux can deliver a comparably 'user-easy-cnstarined' operation environment for 95% of likely users surely? The android phone OS share will surely mean by this Christmas you can also get a shed load of great apps on your Android OS pad and these will also prove hard for the iPad (with all its hardware limits) to out-manouvre? Sorry to be thinking this, as would actually like the iPad to succeed like iPhone, but unless Apple rapidly brings out iPad2 with a slightly bigger screen and a set of useful slots (a USB, an SD and HDMI port would surely silence all critics?), it is hard to justify Apple over a Linux or Android slab. (Not mentioning Windows tablets here, because I presume only the sado-masochistic or those with significant MS stock holdings would do that when they have OSX, Andoid and easy-Linux to choose from instead!)

  • Wha Wahaat

    ok, clearly you don't have a clue how standards work if you mention 2022. The Web isn't a light switch, it exists in other states than off and on. And ohh, did you hear that MS is now backing HTML 5 with IE claiming it the way of the future. Hmmm, they must be planning on 2022 right?

    If you want to discuss something, read about it first. Multitasking, next OS update, flash, moot point. And if you don't realize this, no one is forcing you to purchase through iTunes. Use amazon of another service and import your media, jesus christ, think for yourself. What's next, are you going to complain that your Xbox isn't an open system and that it should play Wii games?

    I think you should go start the line for the HP slate, because it wasn't cancelled, ignore the hype. I can see that you have a keen eye to see through it. Just go wait and smell all the fear.

  • brightFuture

    Uh oh… is that fear I smell coming from the iPad fanboys?

    The WePad is everything the iPad is not and will never be- a platform that delivers all of the web NOW instead of hiding behind half-truths like this non-existent HTML 5 ‘standard’ we keep hearing about (2022 is not soon, nor is it ‘now’- it cracks me up how people are so ready to jump into the fray when they don’t know what they are talking about- try a google search for HTML 5 compatibility list in modern browsers).

    Where an iPad is like a censored collection of television channels for the web, the WePad- and the many devices like it that are coming- will embrace the freedoms and technologies that Apple is now shunning- like the Flash player. Or USB ports. Or true multitasking. Or a built-in camera. Or heck, even just not being enslaved to iTunes for media purchases.

    Viva la WePad… and the devices like it that are coming!

  • The Wepad is a non-issue; it doesn’t come close to the goals of the iPad, especially with the higher entry price. Flash is a non-issue in this day and age of HTML5 (as can be seen by a recent demonstration of Quake 2 ported to HTML5; full 3D, game sockets, and audio with zero flash and a good FPS.)

    Then there are development issues, with Cocoa and Objective-C being an extremely elegant API and language respectively. Then there’s the user interface, desktop integration expectations, etc., etc.

  • I'm not sure that the two processors can be compared so easily (different technologies), anyway the App Store could be the difference once a few killer apps get released. The only problem then could be app discovery.