The Wikipad started out with a fair share of hype around it when it was first announced last year. Unfortunately, quite a few delays and internal problems quickly pushed the Wikipad into “vaporware” status. The good news is that the WikiPad is in fact real and on its way soon, with the tablet arriving on June 11th.
According to the folks behind the WikiPad, the tablet will be available for just $249 from retailers such as TigerDirect, Best Buy and Walmart. The company also plans to expand its list of retail partners and will announce these details at the upcoming E3 gaming show.
So was the WikiPad worth the long wait? The answer depends on what you are looking for. If you want a big-name device that has tons of raw power, the Nvidia Shield might be a better choice thanks to its high-end Tegra 4 processor. If you don’t care so much about raw power, the WikiPad tablet provides a cheaper entry price ($100 less) and also has the advantage of a larger, detachable display that can be used a standard tablet.
Outside of the Tegra 3 processor, the WikiPad features a 7-inch 1280×800 IPS display, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, microSD, GPS, a front cam and the power of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The WikiPad also includes Google Play, NVIDIA’s TegraZone, Big Fish Unlimited web games and is a Playstation Mobile certified device.
What do you think of the WikiPad, is it worth the $249? Or are you more interested in the Nvidia Shield?
“The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad,” said Matthew Joynes, Chairman of Wikipad Inc.
The Wikipad is the only tablet to possess both the unique combination of a console quality experience with the functionality and portability of a tablet thanks to its award-winning and patented detachable dual-analog controller. Wikipad offers a multi capacitive 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. The tablets ultra-light and thin chassis is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor that’s optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.
Consumers will have instant access to entertainment and videogame content of over 700,000 apps from Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean functionality make it a powerfully versatile tablet for surﬁng the web, emailing, enjoying all the latest ﬁlms, books, magazines and music, conversing via Skype or experiencing the latest apps at home or on the go.
“Wikipad’s dual-analog gamepad controller transforms our mobile games such as the multiplayer Shadowgun: DeadZone and the action FPS Dead Trigger into entertaining AAA console-like experiences,” Tomas Slapota, Vice President, MADFINGER
For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, retailers and video games that take full advantage of the Wikipad’s dual-analog stick controller, please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/