The gloriously cheeky WePad, and how I know about it

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We’ve had a morning TV revolution at home.  Rather than inflict the tragically boring BBC Breakfast or the pure tabloidish hell of GMTV upon ourselves, we’ve elected to watch Euronews over our toast and coffee every day.  You might find this boring, too Euro-ish, meandering and yet somehow also repetitive (on a short loop) for you to be bothered with watching.  But look, if you do we’re just going to have to differ on that.  My life is better with Euronews in it, and I know it.  You get the news in loads of different countries with little bias other than Eurocentricity (and why not? It’s Euronews after all), and you get an interlude with art gallery listings across Europe, and a pretty funky weather section that tells you the temperature in Azerbaijan.  AND I know that Baku is the capital of that country – I might have found this out otherwise but I like to be reminded – every day, in the morning!

So today, my friend Icey Penguin and I were watching same, this time over our Friday boiled eggs (yes, every Friday), and we were delighted to see that a German company with a mere 200 staff called Neofonie have challenged the mighty Apple, not with another random laptop or PC that’s trying to be like a Mac by having some coloured cover or religious-cult-vibey marketing campaign, but with the WePad

The WePad has been making headlines for a few weeks now and yes, it is very like an iPad, looks like one, functions like one, is a similar size, and is clearly aiming at the same market.  The prices look broadly similar, too.  You can check out more detailed specs and comparison over on CrunchGear.

As you’ve probably noticed, the WePad beats the iPad with the inclusion of USB ports, so, like a lot of gizmos that rival Apple products from mp3 players to phones, it promises the freedom and utility of the Apple product without as many restrictions.  It also boasts a webcam and a bigger screen than an iPad.  Will it dazzle us with the level of aesthetically pleasing, possibly unnecessary fun-stuff we’ve become accustomed to from Apple products?  Well I don’t know anyone who has an iPad, let alone a WePad, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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