The lights are on
Wikipad, Inc. announced today that its Wikipad gaming tablet will launch in the U.S. on June 11th. It will initially be available through Walmart, Best Buy and TigerDirect.com for $249. A UK and worldwide launch is planned for later this summer.
The Wikipad, which was originally slated for release last fall, offers a 7” touch screen, 16 GB of storage, micro SD and USB slots, accelerometer, and gyroscope. It also comes with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, true widescreen HD, and HDMI out capabilities.
The Wikipad tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and comes with a removable game controller. Users will have access to games from the Google Play, PlayStation Mobile, and NVIDIA’s TegraZone libraries. The price is $100 less than another game-focused Android portable, The Nvidia Shield, slated to launch later this year, though there are some key technical differences.
The Wikipad has a Tegra 3 processor. The Shield has a Tegra 4. The Wikipad's display is seven inches compared to the Shield's five. Both come with 16 GB of internal flash memory and are expandable via Micro SD, and both support Jelly Bean. The tradeoff seems to be size versus processor power.
Are you interested in a game-oriented Android device? If so, which seems better to you, the Wikipad or the Shield?
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I just wanted to address those of you who doubt products like this. Imagine this: you don't own a tablet but would like to. You're smart phone is fine for checking Facebook, Twitter, etc but when it comes to reading digital books or magazines, it kinda sucks (lets be honest). Also, maybe you use a lot of Spotify or Google Music and play the occassional mobile game (which always sucks because of the lack of buttons). Well a person in this scenario might want a Wikipad. Yes there is Kindle, but for the price, why not get a tab with a controller too? Yes there is Galaxy tabs and Nexus 7, but the Wikipad is at least on par with both in terms of specs, plus it has features that those do not (nothing huge but it still counts towards the overall value). Plus, a 7" tablet is ideal enough for reading, makes for a nice music hub should you decide to plug it into your home stereo, and is a competent gaming device (not as good as 3DS or Vita in terms of specs but that clearly isn't the market they are going for - remember that Angry Birds is played by more people than any single Vita game).
That being said, I am skeptical but hopeful. If you aren't in the market for a new tablet, this obviously isn't for you. But there are a lot of people who may find an interest in this.
So its basically the DS XXXXL.
Tegra 3 processor?
This thing will not last long to play the latest android games near future, which will require the next version of android. Not long after Tegra 4 is out, many developer will make their game more graphically intense, which render Tegra 3 obsolete.
With devices like the Razer Edge, Nexus 7 and all the various dedicated handhelds and smartphones, I don't really see the point of this nor the Shield. Maybe this and the Shield will end up being big successes though, who knows.
I really don't see how this Android avalanche can be sustained. I mean it's great to see innovation, but these products seem more like under-developed teenaged dream machines than actual, well thought-out designs.
I mean at least the Ouya has a nice, low price. It's gaming on a budget, which I can get behind. I'd rather have a 3DS XL or a Vita than this thing.
Sega Game Gear XXL!!!!
does there always have to be a competition
I think I would rather get a wii u instead of this, becuase you get the same thing just with an awesome console plugged in! Epic fail for android.
Wow this sounds great... >_>