Wikipad Stalls on Takeoff
Unspecified last-minute updates delay the launch of android-powered Wikipad past October 31st.
If you were one of the ones who pre-ordered Wikipad, the android-powered gaming tablet, brace yourself for disappointment. Unspecified last-minute updates have delayed launch of the tablet, and there's no word of a new release date.
"There is a last minute opportunity to enhance the Wikipad bundle," said the Wikipad Team in an official statement on the delay, "as well as a minor refinement needed to ensure our first customers are completely satisfied with the Wikipad." Special bonuses - again, unspecified - will be offered to those affected by the setback.
"We apologize for this delay," the Team went on to say, "and want you to know that we are committed to bringing you the very best, high-end gaming tablet possible." The most the Team was prepared to say about a new date is that it will announce one "soon."
As to what the minor refinement is that knocked the launch back, only the Wikipad Team knows for sure, but this isn't the first time Wikipad has gone back for a feature tweak. It had originally been intended for a March release, but that got cancelled; then on September 6th the President of Sales faithfully promised it would be out October 31st.
So much for faithful promises, but it does make me wonder why the developer made the announcement in September, if there was any significant risk it'd blow the October deadline.
That thing looks incredibly bulky and a pain to carry around. To be honest, I haven't heard of the thing until now and it doesn't look all that great.
Although I would love to have something like that as an addon for an iPad for gaming and what not.
"We can't ship THIS. It looks so stupid!"
Yeah, that is an ugly piece of machinery. I understand the need for the buttons, but there has to be a more elegant solution.
I like that people are getting experimental with the input & interface of gaming, but the process will (& may have here) hit a few dead-ends
I've got to agree wit the others who have posted so far. That thing does not look cool or practical. I like the idea of a tablet with a button scheme for games, but they could probably make it look a little better.
If they waste any more time refining this, they'll end up making their launch even worse than if they just went ahead and did it now. The tablet it comes attached to has hardware that's over a year old, when you can use bluetooth to connect a PS3 controller or attachment buttons/sticks to any tablet so it isn't crazy big like that all the time. And priced at $100 more than top of the line tablets with bigger screens and faster hardware. This is not going to work from what I'm looking at...