Germans release their own tablet

A German outfit is taking on the might of the Apple empire by invading its tablet market.

Neofonie GmbH has unveiled a new tablet PC which could potentially compete against Apple’s iPad if it catches on with consumers.

If you thought the iPad was a daft name then the “WePad” will be considered worse for the same reason. People felt the iPad was a woman’s sanitary towel while the “WePad” will probably be something used for colostomy problems.

The “WePad” has an 11.6-inch touch screen which is larger than the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen.

However unlike the hyper controlled iPad, the WePad will be built on open source Android software.

The device has two USB ports and allows users to connect all kinds of devices including external keyboards to data sticks.

There will be WiFi and WiFi/3G-versions, with 16-gigabyte or 32-gigabyte storage.

Helmut Hoffer von Ankershoffen, Neofonie’s founder and managing director, told reporters that given its technological superiority and greater openness, the WePad will be a “bargain compared with the iPad.”

The WePad will hit stores in Germany starting in late July. No word yet on which service providers will be supporting it.