The WeTab is a very cool looking tablet that uses the open alternative MeeGo operating system and has a lovely looking high definition screen. The only problem – it is exclusive to the German market at this stage, so hopefully it is successful enough to warrant a worldwide release at a later date.
The WeTab holds a fairly unique place in the world of mobile gadgetry – and that is not something I find myself saying too often unfortunately. It is an 11 inch tablet that not only has a high contrast 1366 x 768 resolution, but it is also the first ever tablet that uses the open source and almost unheard of OS called MeeGo.
With 11 inches of real estate at its disposal, the WeTab is both bigger and more detailed than an iPad. In fact, the Viliv X10 is the only 10 or 11 inch tablet that offers as much resolution, and it’s not even on sale yet. But while the screen is very well speced and the form factor is rather lovely, these are certainly not the most unique things about the WeTab.
The MeeGo operating system is an open source Linux project, which is a combination of Intel’s Moblin project and Nokia’s Naemo project. It is able to provide flexible UI and application environments, allows you to do practically anything with it, and supports all popular file formats. It also manages to do this while working with a number of graphical and processor optimisations, meaning it is not only extremely open but also very fast.
In terms of the WeTab, MeeGo offers a powerful – and hackable – OS that gives control back to the users. There is even a ‘root’ button on the UI that opens up a Linux command prompt – geek heaven. In high contrast to the very closed Apple iOS system, the WeTab and MeeGo in general are a breath of fresh air. The price you will have to pay for this freedom is the relative lack of apps at this stage, although the WeTab will have its own market and can run both Adobe Air and Android apps via an emulator – wow.
The WeTab uses an Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz CPU, one of the more high-powered processors in this range. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 2 USBs, and up to 6 hours of battery life. Ambient light sensors and an acceleration sensor are also on board, along with all the wireless connectivity you could wish for. The basic version of the WeTab is selling for 449 Euros, which is enough of a temptation to finally take that trip to Berlin – now, where is my passport?
11.6 inch multi-touch colour screen
1366 x 768 resolution
Intel Atom N450 1.66GHz processor
1GB of RAM
16/32 GB internal memory
2 x USB
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
ambient light sensor