iPad vs. WePad vs. Adam

I know a lot of people are waiting for iPad to come out. In the past 1 month I have come across at least 2 contenders who are sort of better than iPad in specifications but probably not design. I just want to layout the difference between these 3 players in Touch pad/ Tablet PC market.

iPad WePad Adam
Display 9.7-inch 11.6-inch 10-inch
Resolution 1024×768 1366×768 1024×600
Display Type IPS LCD ? Transflective LCD
Processor 1.0 GHz Apple A4 1.66 GHx Intel Atom N450 Pineview-M Dual Core 1.0 Ghz
Memory 16GB / 32GB / 64GB 16GB NAND Flash / 32GB + 32GB SDCard ?
Multitasking Restricted, allowed only for Apple apps Yes Yes
Ports Apple connector for camera or card reader as peripherals 2 USB ports, Card reader, audio out, SIM card slot, multi pin connector ?
Battery 10 hours 6 hours 16 hours
Webcam None 1.3 Megapixel 3 Megapixel
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth
WiFi WiFi N WiFi N WiFi
3G Optional Optional 3G
Body Aluminium Magnesium-Aluminium ?
Size 242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4 mm 288 x 190 x 13 mm ?
Weight 680g ~ 1.5lbs 800g ~ 1.75lbs 1.7lbs
OS iPhone OS 3.2 Android Android, Ubuntu, Chromium
Apps iTunes App Store WePad AppStore + Google Android Marketplace Google Android Marketplace
Flash No Yes Yes
eBook format Proprietary Apple format from iBooks store All open standards ?
Availability April / May ? June / July
Website http://www.apple.com/ipad/ http://wepad.mobi/en http://bit.ly/9damV2

Sources: technoholik, TechCrunch

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Two things I would love to Buy

I have come across very acute need of two products that I think have a good market. Here they are:

  1. A video camera (with HD option, if possible) which has an inbuilt WiFi capability (meaning it can join the WiFi network) and which has Skype installed on it. Basically, I would configure this camera with my Skype login and just use it for my Video confrencing needs. This means that I can point and shoot anything and also live telecast it to my group on Skype. I would pay for a device which does that.
  2. If you have ever used Evernote – you will know how well the inline image search works. I love Evernote and use it to take a snapshot of all my *important* digital content. But what about the paper ones? I would love to have a scanner which scans a document and puts it in my Evernote database. I have a scanner at home which has WiFi on it. If only it could send an email to Evernote which basically adds it to my account.
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Amazon’s Loss

It’s been 2+ years the first Kindle got released by Amazon in 2007. After that we have seen Amazon releasing Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. I admire Amazon as a company and use it to purchase books and have used it’s amazing Amazon Web Services. But I have to admit that – Amazon utterly failed, both in imagination and execution when it came to Kindle.

Kindle as such is a great piece of hardware. The text rendering is beautiful. But it’s just that – a extra piece of hardware that replaces almost all of your books (not all yet). But other than reading books on it I can’t do anything with it. In the past 2 years Amazon can ONLY think of making the text look better and releasing a bigger version. That’s all. Apart from the gaffe where Amazon rescinded the already sold book, ironically 1984 and Jeff Bezos apologizing it later, there hasn’t been anything interesting in Kindle world.

I think Amazon missed the boat on building a dedicated developer base for Kindle. It could have virtually created a new developer platform and organize a keen developer community around it. Developers would have loved to build apps for Kindle. Here are some default things that Amazon could have achieved if they enabled apps for Kindle

  1. Kindle uses cell network to let you purchase books. It’s always ON. Can you imagine the possibilities with that?
  2. Game players would have loved to play games on it as compared to PSP

Here are some creative things that come to mind when I think hard about the possibilities:

  1. Tie the Kindle with AWS and you got yourself a AWS management console
  2. Tie Kindle with Amazon Mechanical Turk services and you got a workforce on demand
  3. Tie Kindle with sampling and surveying Amazon products? You got an amazing and varying test customer base

These are just on top of my head. If we brainstorm I could think of so many things that Amazon could have done.

Too sad that in another day Apple will be releasing it’s rumored Tablet and literally stealing the show. My guess, Apple will release a Tablet + WiFi connectivity capable + built in cell connection/data plan (Hint: Both Verizon & AT&T dropped their recent data plan rates) + A clean and working developer platform (for which they will charge the developer fee). Another Cocoa based framework that will be an extension of iPhone based design and help developers who already know Objective-C & Cocoa to transfer their skills to build those apps. I am sure they will also come up with some kind of app translator which would convert the existing iPhone app compatible with Tablet.

Yes, I know that Kindle is targeted to a different market. But do you think that in another year or two Amazon won’t be launching a full color and video capable Kindle? They have already announced a platform for developers on Kindle. Too sad it’s a bit late. It’s going to be a loss for Amazon both capital wise and vision wise.

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Conch and Wheel

Conch and Wheel has been my dream for a quite long time. All these years when I have been following Technology and programming – I always felt like I saw some connections which are unique and had an opinion about it. I started my personal blog but being the spiritual person I am, it mostly turned into – me blogging about God, Meditation & Spirituality. I find it hard to write about my Technology thinking on my personal blog. Then came my switch from a Full time job to Consulting. This gave me an opportunity to start on my own and work on various Technologies and projects simultaneously.

In the past 2 years I have learned so many things – Technology wise, People wise and Outsourcing wise. I am going to make this blog as a platform to share my findings, thoughts and ideas on the field I most love.

Oh, Conch and Wheel is my business name. It’s something most Indians would understand what it means immediately, and for the remaining they are just two random things put together.

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