Not to be a dissident, but rather to be one that provides options to the reading public I thought it appropriate to point out the top 2 alternatives I see to the forthcoming Apple iPad.

Option 1: JooJoo

I’m not going to go into the much publicized quarrel between TechCrunch and Fusion Garage regarding who does or doesn’t own the intellectual property for this tablet device – I will however point you to a fun video from Michael Arrington himself as he “unveiled” the DIY CrunchPad Kit, click here to see that.

I look at the JooJoo as an easy alternative to the iPad for reasons that it has a built-in camera and supports Adobe Flash. The pricing is about $500 so pricing is on par with the iPad.

Here are the tech specs on the JooJoo

The team over at Engadget received a nice surprise in the mail yesterday, yes April Fools Day, it was the JooJoo they ordered a few months ago. Check out this video of their first interaction with the unit.

Option 2: WePad

German designed by Neofonie, the WePad is an Android powered tablet device that has a compelling list of features and functionality that do seem to overshadow the iPad.

Starting with a faster CPU, built-in card reader, expandable memory, and the support of Adobe Flash. Add to that the functionality holy grail of multi-tasking and a webcam, all I can say is; when will this thing hit the U.S. ? I’ve put my name down for notification when global pre-orders start.

Here’s a spec sheet showing the WePad features versus those of the iPad

So what camp are you in? iPad, JooJoo, WePad, neither ?



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