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WePad Tablet Will Use Linux To Rival the iPad

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the open-period dept.

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cypherdtraitor writes with news of an iPad rival being prepped in Germany for a June launch. "A German company, Neofonie GmbH, has set out to provide an alternative to the iPad, according to Neofonie's founder, Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen. The WePad will boast a Linux-based OS, USB ports, webcam, and Wi-Fi, as well as other features. The 16GB edition will cost €449 ($610), and the 32GB €569 ($773). A more expensive model will include a 3G modem. This PDF compares WePad specs with the iPad. There are also hints of cheap, available software. For example, OpenOffice.org will be the primary office suite, and you may use 'any application that pleases you' to play music and video, a clear edge over Apple's limitation to iTunes." The WePad will also run Flash.

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WeeWeePad (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836528)

First, there was the iPad for those nerdy chicks..

Now our children will have the "WeeWeePads"?

Who comes up with these names? And more disturbingly, what did they name their children?

Re:WeeWeePad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836674)

I see nothing wrong with these names,

signed Gwyneth Paltrow's Daughter, Apple

Re:WeeWeePad (4, Insightful)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836944)

WePad makes sense anyway. It's both pun of iPad and illustrates the product - it's more for us and since it uses Linux it allows multiple user accounts, good privacy and better security. iPad only has a single user and not even a guest account, do you really want to let your kids, friends or random people to use it access all your browser history, photos, emails and such?

It also looks awesome and you can use applications or develop them yourself. You can run scripts and most ssh in to the tablet. It shows Flash. At this point I would either get this or Courier [engadget.com] , as the iPad seems really limited and you have to hack it for it to be any use. Oh and it supports multitasking too.

Re:WeeWeePad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836856)

No wired connection. Less space than a nomad. Lame.

Re:WeeWeePad (2, Informative)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837060)

No wired connection.

You can use USB. You can't with iPad.

TROLL (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836530)

LOL!

Slashvert (-1, Offtopic)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836626)

This whole "article" - such that it is - should be marked Overrated and Troll. The fact is, there are *MANY* "tablet" computers out there, and have been even before the iSuck. This "story" - such that it is - is what is called a "Slashvertisment".

Re:Slashvert (1, Redundant)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836816)

That's not entirely fair. The platform is tailored for a more specific purpose than most tablet computers. It's being designed from the ground up to run Linux. Both of those facts should make it newsworthy, News for Nerds, remember?

Re:Slashvert (0, Flamebait)

rinoid (451982) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836912)

I'd agree with you but since you are using an idiotic flamebait reference to a computing device I will not.

THIS WHOLE parent reply should be marked TROLL, FLAMEBAIT simply for Wasted energy man, wasted energy.

Re:Slashvert (1)

sjonke (457707) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837058)

Agreed that this is an advertisement, and agree that tablets have been around long before the iPad, but none of them are like the iPad, and the iPad is innovative in its approach, whether geeks like that or not. This alleged iPad killer is like past tablets, albeit with Linux. If this is what others have up their sleeves as competition, the iPad will continue on its merry way, appealing to a market that will actually buy the product, rather then trying to fulfill the wants of a group that has no actual interest in buying the product they say they want.

Re:Slashvert (1)

sopssa (1498795) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837182)

Like past tablets? It also all the things that make iPad "innovative" and good like marketplace and sleek look and UI. It doesn't have the "features" that make iPad shitty, like limiting how many processes you can run, what software you can install and has open source OS.

Appealing to a market? I'm not sure their size is really the same as Apple's or that they can pull off same kind of PR and marketing tricks, but they have compete with good features. For me that is a good thing.

The comparison to the Apple II era again... (5, Insightful)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836540)

Why am I suddenly reminded of the days in the 70's and 80's when everything ran CP/M and everything *had* to run CP/M? I know that Apple II *DID* run CP/M of some flavor, but CP/M *sucked*, and Apple showed nearly no support for it.

Now we're stuck with Flash, which everyone tolerates and does a lot, but again, it *sucks*. Adobe hasn't put together a decent Flash interpreter for ANY OS(well, the Windows version is debatable), and everyone puts up with it because of it's ubiquity.

Folks. Ubiquity is never a reason to keep a shitty idea around. Particularly when it comes to the mobile space.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (2, Informative)

viridari (1138635) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836592)

The Apple II did not run CP/M out of the box. You needed a Z80 card to do that.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (1)

Gerald (9696) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836700)

Hence the "Apple showed nearly no support for it"?

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (4, Insightful)

Serenissima (1210562) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836638)

You're right, but it's going to take time to move on to new ideas. HTML5 is awesome, but certainly not ubiquitous. ANY internet enabled device that does not provide users with the ability to view content that is EVERYWHERE on the internet is going to give the customer who purchases that device a limited internet experience. Sure Flash sucks, but it's out there, and it's all over the place. It's just plain stupid to not give customers the ability to view that content.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837068)

And yet the iPhone was the best 'internet experience' mobile phone on the planet when it came out. In spite of the fact that it didn't have flash.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (5, Funny)

hoggoth (414195) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837222)

> And yet the iPhone was the best 'internet experience' mobile phone on the planet when it came out. In spite of the fact that it didn't have flash.

"These aren't the missing features you're looking for", Steve Jobs waves his hand.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (1)

grub (11606) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836702)


I know that Apple II *DID* run CP/M of some flavor, but CP/M *sucked*, and Apple showed nearly no support for it.

For years I ran CP/M on my Apple ][+, mostly to use WordStar. I still use Joe (WordStar look-alike) as my editor under any *nix I get my grubby hands on.

Anyhow, yes, the support from Apple was basically "here's a Z80 card, you're on your own."

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837092)

I normally tolerate a lot of the Apple fanboyism since, although often exaggerated, there is a small kernel of truth to many of their claims. However, this is one that needs to end: THE IPAD'S LACK OF SUPPORT WILL NOT BRING THE END OF FLASH. Even if I could be convinced that the iPad is going to be a smashing success, it will never be a big enough player to curb the usage of flash on the web.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (4, Insightful)

e2d2 (115622) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837188)

Okay. What about money. Is money a good idea to keep something around? Businesses tend to think yes. "Throw away all your flash formatted content" is not really something you want to hear as a decision maker who's heavily invested in the format. And considering the iPad device is geared towards things like video, it's a no brainer to support what is now become a standard. Okay so you support HTML5, but what about the meantime as everyone converts?

But let's skip the bullshit. This is a corporate game and the end user suffers for it. You can pretend Apple has your best interest in mind if you like, but the facts speak for themselves. They have limited functionality to poke a competitor in the eye. A competitor that basically kept their Mac platform alive with their creative tools. It's pretty messed up IMHO.

Re:The comparison to the Apple II era again... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837240)

is your real name Steve Jobs?

The shoulders of giants (0)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836550)

We always talk about how Newton is the father of modern physics, and we describe planetary motion as derived from Kepler. However it is important that we not forget the man who paved the way for all these heliocentric concepts. Copernicus risked personal safety by advocating a heliocentric theory of the universe (he didn't grasp that perhaps Sol wasn't the center of everything). He broke us away from epicycles and complicated conceptual constructs to show us a simple and elegant model of planetary motion.

Science has come a long way since then, but this was the first true seed of modern physics.

So too can we look back on Apple's simple iPhone as the genesis of all future handheld devices. From the form-factor to the necessary features, the iPhone provided a framework upon which others can improve and expand.

Now with the iPad, Apple pushes the limits even more. However, like all true pioneers, they are left in the dust by prospectors in the ensuing goldrush. Apple will continue to go their own way, but the monied investors are looking for the next big thing. Luckily for Apple, the customers are looking for the next best thing.

Even if it doesn't support Flash.

Re:The shoulders of giants (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836616)

God I fucking hate you

Re:The shoulders of giants (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836772)

Which is nice and poetic if it weren't for the fact that Apple says "get the hell off my shoulders."

Re:The shoulders of giants (2, Insightful)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836806)

Copernicus risked personal safety by advocating a heliocentric theory of the universe

From who? Powerful churchmen like....Copernicus?

Re:The shoulders of giants (2, Insightful)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837218)

What? The IPad is hardly novel. Tablet computers have existed for a decade or more. Hell, my 5 year old laptop (and it wasn't even top of the line when I bought it) with a nearly dead battery had a flip around touch screen that worked in tablet mode.

Much faster clone time (4, Insightful)

jimmyhat3939 (931746) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836582)

Obviously competitors have realized that it's worth it to come out with clone or me-too products much faster than they did in the past with the iPhone. This suggests to me that they'll be at least somewhat more successful than before in taking market share from apple.

Re:Much faster clone time (1)

belmolis (702863) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836620)

It sounds like this has been in development for some time, so I wonder if it is really a "me too" product. It doesn't look like a clone.

Re:Much faster clone time (0)

jimmyhat3939 (931746) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836640)

Sure, but people have been speculating about the iPad for at least a year and a half.

Re:Much faster clone time (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836876)

That must be it.

It couldn't have anything to do with the fact that people have been working on the tablet PC since the 90's

If the iPad had all the features of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vadem_Clio [wikipedia.org] bad boy I might give it a look.

Re:Much faster clone time (2)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836978)

So Apple gets creative credit for the ideas of speculators? Too bad Apple wasn't listening more carefully - they'd have a better product.

Re:Much faster clone time (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836776)

They might be somewhat more successful but there is more too making a me too product than getting it out the door quickly. You need to get it in front of customers who are currently considering buying an iPad and that is not an easy thing to do. Right now everyone knows about the iPad, not just geeks here on slashdot. In 6 months, how many people outside of geeks on slashdot will know about the WePad.

It could be a vastly superior unit but it wont matter if most people don't know about it.

Re:Much faster clone time (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837002)

What I've read is that the WePad will roll-out in Germany before the iPad does. If your theory is true, I guess the iPad is doomed in Germany.

Re:Much faster clone time (1)

Altus (1034) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837230)

Excellent reading skills. I didn't say that getting out first was key. I said that getting your product in front of the people who want to buy it is key.

Right now, even if it is unavailable in Germany, I bet a majority of Germans know what an iPad is, its all over the news.

Now maybe the WePad will be launched with huge fanfare and a parade in Berlin, I don't know, but if most people know what an iPad is but don't know what a WePad is then the WePad will not be as successful as the iPad and that's all there is to it.

Just stop it (4, Funny)

pieisgood (841871) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836606)

You don't need to create a device to compete with the ipad. The ipad will fade into obscurity and during that time your efforts could be better invested else where.

Re:Just stop it (4, Insightful)

Fahrvergnuugen (700293) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836874)

The ipad will fade into obscurity and during that time your efforts could be better invested else where

I hope you didn't bet money on that...

Re:Just stop it (3, Insightful)

sjonke (457707) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836940)

Except that the iPad won't fade away. Other then that, spot on - they absolutely are wasting their time with this ludicrous attempt at a competitor. OpenOffice? You've got to be kidding me. That just screams finger-based-input-small-tablet software right there. People are going to love fighting with that. I mean the ones who hate themselves.

Re:Just stop it (2, Insightful)

Graff (532189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837034)

The ipad will fade into obscurity and during that time your efforts could be better invested else where.

Yes, selling 300,000 units on the first day is a sure sign that the iPad will fade into obscurity any time soon.

Like it or not, the iPad is relevant. It obviously has a following and there will be devices that can imitate it and ride its coattails a bit. Perhaps these other devices can even improve on the design and become relevant in and of themselves. One thing is for certain, you completely ignore a popular device/platform at your own peril.

Re:Just stop it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837234)

"you completely ignore a popular device/platform at your own peril."

But not flash tho... Ignoring that is still cool right?

Re:Just stop it (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837066)

No Wireless, less space than a Nomad. Lame.

I wouldn't bet against the iPad just yet. You just never know.

(disclaimer: I have no idea how well it will sell, or whether it will flop or be huge).

Re:Just stop it (5, Insightful)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837156)

"Less Space than a Nomad. No wireless. Lame."

"No they didn't, the big difference between iPhone and OpenMoko is that OpenMoko is completely open, so anyone can extend it, while iPhone is closed and only licensed parties can write extensions. This is what uniqe about OpenMoko. Apple added glitter to iPhone, but there are other smart phones (maybe not as good, but I can't judge, it's a long wait till iPhone will be available in Europe) so nothing revolutionary about it. OpenMoko has philosophical feature - openess. So as a geek I know which one is the winner here :)"

How's that OpenMoko doing today?
How about those iPod killers?

Re:Just stop it (2, Funny)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837178)

Yup just like how the iPod and iPhone are utter failures.

They barely sold any iPads... Geesh, only 700,000 of them sold first day. What posers, almost nobody bought them.... nobody wants these things. Look they are selling for almost nothing on ebay already....

This sarcasm brought to you by the Letter T.

Yeah! (3, Insightful)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836614)

The free/open source OS will run the proprietary multimedia software. Openness triumphs again!

Re:Yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836894)

Sarkasm +1

Re:Yeah! (2, Interesting)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837044)

If this thing can run Firefox and VLC then it will beat the snot out of the iPad for those of us that are interested in more than just the Walled Garden.

Some of us are interested in using whatever media or website we happen to come across, not lame excuses from fanboys.

Re:Yeah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837110)

Speling +1

Re:Yeah! (1)

sjonke (457707) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837168)

I can't moderate this, but if I could, +1 Informative. +1 Funny. +1 Bingo.

The name of the founder... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836634)

The name of the founder is a little long... "Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen". Not great for marketing. To rival the iPad, he should change his name to something people can easily remember, like Steve Jobs.

I suggest him Helm Anker. Sounds good doesn't it?

If you want to do like someone, be like him! ;-)

Re:The name of the founder... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836698)

It doesn't sound good in German. "Helm Anker" means "Helmet Anchor". It's nonsensical.

Re:The name of the founder... (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837232)

Yes, but most customers are English or Chinese speaking anyway...

You know what, Lake Titicaca means "Lake small pooh" in french. Often, words mean strange things in at least one other language...

Re:The name of the founder... (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837040)

Yes, because all potential customers speak English and prefer English-sounding names.

Wait a second (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836648)

WePad? Seriously? April fools was almost two weeks ago guys...

Cue the lawsuit from Nintendo (1)

AnonymousClown (1788472) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836676)

The complaint in a nutshell: "The WePad will be confused by the public with the Wii."

Come on! You know that's coming!

iTunes Confusion (2, Informative)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836686)

you may use 'any application that pleases you' to play music and video, a clear edge over Apple's limitation to iTunes.

This is a very confusing -- and probably confused -- statement.

iPad can play back content with its iPod functionality. Which isn't "iTunes" in any meaningful sense. (It also includes an iTunes store interface.)

Content can be loaded onto the device only with the iTunes Mac or PC application, but there are many ways to add content to your local iTunes app other than the iTunes store. For example, ripped CDs, Amazon MP3s, "Digital Copies" included with many Blu-ray discs, anything you encode yourself with compatible codecs and parameters (e.g. DVDs ripped and encoded to M4V with Handbrake).

-Peter

Re:iTunes Confusion (2, Informative)

JonJ (907502) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836980)

'Play' not 'aquire'.

Re:iTunes Confusion (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837050)

iTunes doesn't play anything on the iPad, which is exactly my point.

-Peter

Re:iTunes Confusion (1)

jo_ham (604554) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837116)

Well, the iPad doesn't use iTunes to "play" music either - that app is the iPod app. The iTunes app is the front to the music and video store.

Re:iTunes Confusion (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837136)

"with compatible codecs and parameters"

Well that's the tricky detail now isn't it?

You have to adapt all of your stuff to whatever limitations Apple has laid out.

If Handbrake trips on something, you're slightly screwed as iTunes won't give you any useful information when it rejects something.

None of this is really managed by Apple. The end user is left to fend for themselves with this stuff and that is hardly very usuable. It's certainly not the sort of experience that iTunes and iPods were originally built on.

This is something that the fanboys like to sweep under the rug.

Wow (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836690)

If you think the iPad is too big and too heavy... wait until you see the WePad!

I can see why most of the teaser shots showed the WePad with its screen turned off - the single actual "screenshot" looked pretty odd.

Re:Wow (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836778)

The iPad is definetly too heavy, I have one, it gets tiring... Need to work out my wrists more, brb porn calls.

?Pad.... (2, Funny)

irreverant (1544263) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836696)

What's with the naming convention?...the iPad, the wePad, next the usPad following soon the youPad and finally for you women, the maxiPad.

Re:?Pad.... (1)

jmanforever (603829) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837096)

What's with the naming convention?...the iPad, the wePad, next the usPad following soon the youPad and finally for you women, the maxiPad.

I just want to turn down the volume on all of this noise. I guess I need... an L-Pad.

Re:?Pad.... (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837170)

Wouldn't that last one be the theyPad??

Re:?Pad.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837216)

Yeah, in addition to the iPad's already bad naming, they're now going to triple whammy and conflict with Nintendo AND Apple with the WiiPad / WePad?

Features... (3, Funny)

elewton (1743958) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836704)

A delightful microfan to hum you to sleep.

But... (1)

ipquickly (1562169) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836706)

Will it run OS X?

Re:But... (1)

Graff (532189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837130)

More importantly: will it blend [youtube.com] ?

Less space than a nomad... (3, Informative)

Duradin (1261418) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836708)

Specs aren't what will make a device sell well with non-geeks (of which there are more of than geeks).

Re:Less space than a nomad... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837190)

"Specs" are what separates a device that will play whatever you have lying around from something that requires special conversion tools and a special loader.

Re:Less space than a nomad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837226)

what's a nomad?

/. is so confused (1)

Slash.Poop (1088395) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836726)

Apple gadget. Linux gadget. Apple gadget. Linux gadget. Apple gadget. Linux gadget.
What one should I like?!?!?! ::head explodes::

Obligatory Comment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836736)

iPad, uPad, we all scream for WePad!

Give me ARM, please (5, Insightful)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836748)

I'm tired of people shoehorning the power-hungry x86 architecture into small devices. If there's one thing that Apple did right it's not using the Atom. The WePad runs Linux: there's no reason to stick with the legacy x86 architecture. Even Adobe Flash works on ARM (just not Flash 10 yet).

If the WePad used an ARM chip, it could probably retain its feature set and bump up the battery duration to the iPad level, which seems to be the only feature where it loses to it.

Need ARM not Atom (2, Insightful)

SgtChaireBourne (457691) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836924)

Agreed. Atom is not appropriate for mobile devices like WePad. This really calls for ARM.

Re:Give me ARM, please (-1)

nomadic (141991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836938)

The WePad runs Linux: there's no reason to stick with the legacy x86 architecture.

If you're running Linux, you're sticking with legacy x86 architecture.

Re:Give me ARM, please (2, Informative)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837000)

That's not necessarily true. Sharp's Netwalker [sharp.co.jp] is based on the Freescale i.MX51 which is ARM Cortex-A8 and Ubuntu.

It even has Flash(Lite).

Linux isn't tied to x86.

Re:Give me ARM, please (1)

doti (966971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836992)

word

Re:Give me ARM, please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837108)

try the touchbook arm based, and was out before the ipad, production runs are small though.

just one little thing... (1, Funny)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836766)

... what no camera??

Re:just one little thing... (1, Informative)

s0litaire (1205168) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836796)

..on the back....

(phew hope no one noticed i didn't RTFA!)

NotionInk Adam (1)

pavon (30274) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836768)

If reading documents is one of your main uses for a tablet, then you should keep an eye out for the Adam by NotionInk [notionink.in] .

It will be (one of ?) the first shipping device to use the PixelQi [pixelqi.com] transflective display, which is an improvement of the OLPC display. It is a reflective display, like eInk, but with fast refresh rates like LCD. It also can display color which is far more saturated than color eInk (although not as good as LCD), as well as switching to ultra-high resolution greyscale.

The Adam uses the Tegra Chipset (ARM Cortex A9 + Nvidia graphics), and they are advertizing 16 hours of HD video playback, compared to 9 on the iPad.
It will run Android, and will be an open development environment. It was demo at recent trade shows, and is definitely not vaporware.

Re:NotionInk Adam (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837164)

iPad gets 10 hours of battery life and Anandtech did a test showing it getting 13.6 hours of battery life playing Video in a loop.

Problem with the Adam is that it won't be released for another 6 months at best and the fact that it's a small time Indian company. They won't be getting the content producers lining up for them like Apple has, Google might have that kind of clout however.

Apple's gonna souix (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836780)

No way some german wannabe can use that name, no way Steve is gonna let that out.

hmm (1)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836788)

I'll sign up for a hundred of these, if only someone can point me to 3D renderings of it.

Re:hmm (1)

doti (966971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837012)

RTFpdf

This isn't it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836832)

This post originally was very long. Forget all of that. Check it out. Atom processor with associated heat and fan noise and 6 hour battery life == FAIL. Sorry, dudes.

Wow (1, Insightful)

Zelos (1050172) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836860)

More expensive, heavier and a shorter battery life? If you ship after your competitor aren't you supposed to ship something better? And shipping with OpenOffice is meant to be a good thing?

Name change please... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31836906)

iPad, WePad, we all pad for Apple sounding products!

Okay it doesn't quite work but I couldn't think of how to end it.

Next we'll hear that Nintendo has announced WiiPad and all will be confused.

Support for Linux, Air, and Android Apps? (1)

magister159 (993682) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836952)

I think that the most interesting part of it is that it supports Linux, Adobe Air and Android apps all on the same operating system.

What kind of compatibility layer are they using? Is it a custom Linux distro with some android compatibility built in, or is it Android and they figured out how to run X11 apps?

Someone Please Explain To Me.... (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836958)

Could someone please explain to me the appeal of this tablet architecture? I personally find the need to keep hunching over my lap, desk, or table to stare down at papers terribly uncomfortable and annoying. That's part of the reason I stopped printing stuff and just do most of my work digitally nowadays. With a traditional desktop or laptop I can flip the screen up or set up an upright monitor. This allows me to square my shoulders, look straight ahead, and save my neck the hours of pain-inducing craning that college got me used to via handwritten homework. In other words, these tablets seem extraordinarily sucky in terms of ergonomics. While I am not one to traditionally complain, I really hate the idea of having a computer that I have to hunch over to use.

Perhaps I am missing something and these tablets are able to be stood on their side and operated efficiently while upright, but every demonstration I have seen shows folks hunched over with their shoulders forward, necks craned, and hands drawn inwards towards the small keyboard/input interface. How, in any way, are these devices so amazing as to sacrifice basic comfort and usability for them? Frankly I just don't see why anyone would want to use these over a traditional laptop or, hell, even one of those hybrid tablet PC devices that allow for use in both flip-down and flip-up modes.

ba. the main limit of ipad is software (1)

johncandale (1430587) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836972)

Ba I say. The most limiting part of the ipad is lack of support for non approved 3d party apps and old favorites (and files) from windows, Linux is just as or even more obscure in the software development area as the apple app store offers are now. Choice between this and Ipad. Ipad will win every time

Wow! (1)

alphax45 (675119) | more than 4 years ago | (#31836988)

After reading the PDF I have two words: Me want!

After reading the specs PDF... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31837016)

... will the WePad be available in Englisch?

Great choice of names... (2, Funny)

kaizendojo (956951) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837054)

Why not just call it a "Depends"able Computer with plenty of "Poise"?

(Man, and I thought the iPad was a bad choice.)

laptop? (3, Insightful)

Gothmolly (148874) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837074)

At that price, why not just get a laptop?

The iPad as a portable music player? (1)

nemeosis (259734) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837104)

... and you may use 'any application that pleases you' to play music and video, a clear edge over Apple's limitation to iTunes."

Please explain to me the logic or rationality behind using the iPad as a portable music player. Seriously. Is anyone going to really plug into the iPad while they are running on the treadmill? Or maybe it's better to use it as a desktop music player?

Although, admitedly, I would like to view my XviD movie files and have access to an expandable SD Card. I am already hit the 16 GB limitation of the internal storage.

So far, all I am interested in using it for is to read my PDF books, do some light web surfing, read news via iPad news apps, or stream a quick Netflix.

The 10 hour battery life on it is fantastic. The thing practically lasts all day. The $500 price point practically kills the Nook and Kindle as an eBook reader.

When's the Wii pad come out? (1)

filesiteguy (695431) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837106)

Donkey Kong vs. Mario on a tablet!!

Seriously, I can see this being a possibility, but am not going to hold my breath. Just watch - some manufacturer will never go for the idea of a Linux-based tablet.

In other news... (1)

Firemouth (1360899) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837138)

A swedish company is coming out with the WeeWeePad. It has a liquid touch pad that alerts you when it detects moisture. Designed for potty training, the WeeWeePad will come in models ranging in sizes. The smallest suitable for Dogs and Cats, while the largest ones are suitable for handling compulsive bed wetters. Ladies and gentlemen, the WeeWeePad!

Obligatory... (2, Funny)

d474 (695126) | more than 4 years ago | (#31837204)

This is the year of the Linux Tablet!
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