The WePad is an 11.6 inch tablet computer running Google Android Ubuntu Linux with a highly polished custom user interface. And it’s kind of everything the Apple iPad isn’t. The WePad has a high resolution 1366 x 768 pixel display, USB ports, support for Adobe Flash, HDMI output, and a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator for handling HD video playback.
Unfortunately when Germany company Neofonie launched the tablet a few weeks ago, the only prototype on hand was showing a video demo of the user interface instead of running the actual software that’s supposed to ship with the WePad. So Neofonie produced a new video showing he UI in action. And now the company has gone a few steps further by inviting a handful of tech journalists back to get a closer look at the WePad.
After the break you can find hands-on videos from Android Pit and Netbook News.de.
Unfortunately all of the videos are in German. But there’s a good 35 minutes of footage showing that the WePad really does work the way it’s supposed to.
The home screen is full of widgets for Facebook, Google, and other services. I’m particularly impressed with the sidebar where you can scroll your finger to change your position on the home screen to see different widgets.
Neofonie has also added a series of promotional photos of the tablet to its web site, including the one above. You can find more at WePad.mobi.
I was skimming through the long WePad videos and noticed the Ubuntu logo and think that it’s not running Andriod but Ubuntu. The demo looked good, but I wonder what the battery life is and how long does it take to boot up with it running Ubuntu.
You may be right. It’s been touted as being able to run Android
applications, and while I initially thought that meant it was runnng Ubuntu
with support for Android apps, I’ve seen some other web sites suggest it
actually runs Android. I caved to pressures and said Android in this post.
My bad. 🙂
Don’t feel bad, almost every site I can find says Android and one of the videos is from Android.Net!! LOL. Maybe like you said is right about being Ubuntu and having the ability to run Andriod apps, kinda the best of both worlds.
Maybe, finally, a tablet that will actually hit the market. Not real keen on the Atom (would prefer something ARM based), but other than that, thus device may fit the bill nicely.
It definitely looks real… but there’s a catch: it will only br available
in Germany at launch
Definitely looks interesting. Lack of Flash or USB connectivity on the iPad is a deal-killer for me. I like the form-factor and the size (of the WePad) a bit more, too.
Well, see what it looks like when it comes out.
I do indeed speak German (2nd language in college) and I have been watching these videos. You can get the gist of it from the visuals, sure, but make no mistake: the WePad is being pitched directly as a one-to-one competitor to the iPad by the gentleman giving the press briefing. And, you know what? The WePad looks awesome…Feature for feature, it seems to outclass the iPad in almost every respect. Throw in the fact that it’s based on an open source OS, and I am pretty much sold.
I may have to dig up that US$500 somewhere to pick this thing up when it makes its way to the US. Many thanks for the post.
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