May 7, 2010

WeTab and Archos 7, iPad tablet alternatives

by Darren Allan

With the news of the iPad’s UK release and pricing details coming today, if Apple’s creation sounds too rich for your blood, then a couple of other alternative tablets have hit the headlines.

The iPad will be out on May 28th, and will cost £429 for the basic 16GB wi-fi model, running up to £699 for the top spec 64GB 3G iPad.

So, what are the alternatives we mentioned? Nefonie’s WeTab will start at under the £400 mark, around £390 to be precise, 10% cheaper than Apple’s tablet.

It has a slightly larger screen than the iPad, too, with an 11.6 inch display, and it will run Android powered by an Intel Atom N450 processor, coupled with Intel GMA 3150 graphics.

The tablet was called the WePad, but apparently the name has just been changed to “differentiate” it within the tablet market.

Apple possibly kicked up a fuss, and claimed that it sounded like some sort of collective iPad (even though the “w” wasn’t lower case).

While the WeTab is priced, there’s no information yet on exactly when it will be available, but it should be soon.

If you’re after a really wallet friendly tablet solution, and not just a small chunk off, then you’ll be pleased to hear that pre-orders have now started for the Archos 7.

At £130, it’s a seriously budget tablet, although as you would expect, the spec doesn’t compare to the iPad or WeTab.

It comes with a 7 inch display, powered by a 600MHz processor, with wi-fi and Android. It has one thing the iPad doesn’t, though, and that’s a USB port (and the WeTab has two, incidentally).

If you don’t fancy forking out a lot of money for the iPad, it’s definitely a steal in comparison.

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