Wikipad is a Los Angeles, US based tablet and tablet peripherals manufacturer specialising in gaming products marketed to gamers. Their debut product was the Wikipad 7, a proprietary Android tablet hardware engineered for mobile gaming. Marketed as a video gamingtablet it features an attachable gamepad, and is powered by a quad core Nvidia Tegra. The tablet uses the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, shipping as a Google certified product which allows access to the Google Play marketplace for applications and media.
The tablet is one of two Sony PlayStation certified tablets. Wikipad is marketed for playing games designed for the Android platform, as well for utilising game streaming services such as Onlive, PlayStation Now, and Steam for PC games. The tablet itself additionally functions as a standard tablet and in specification is markedly similar in all aspects to the Google Nexus 7, the specification difference is that the Wikipad has upgradeable side loading storage, and HDMI out.
Wikipad was founded by James Bower, Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR) and Matthew Joynes to bring console fidelity gaming control to the tablet market.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012, the Wikipad was shown with both a 2D and a 3D a glasses-free 3D-enabled device, although 3D is no longer mentioned on Wikipad's website. In May 2012, Gaikai, a Cloud gaming service which Sony acquired a month later in June 2012, partnered with Wikipad, Inc. to integrate its streaming service to the tablet. On September 26, 2012, Wikipad's president of sales, Fraser Townley, said that mobile and cloud gaming streaming service would be the new norm and replace the present structures around game buying. Wikipad eventually launched successfully in 2013 at a price of $249 with the same specifications as the 10 inch tablet but in a 7-inch form factor.
Wikipad announced Gamevice for ODM manufacturers to bring mobile console gaming to all OS platforms for smartphones and tablets., and a Game Mapper tool to automatically map all touch screen controls to the included hardware, allowing such games as FIFA 14 (EA), Mortal Kombat (Gameloft) and Call of Duty (Activision) to be played using the integrated controller.
The Wikipad features an included detachable controller with standard controller D-pad, triggers, buttons and dual analog sticks. The controller is a dock that allows the tablet to slide in and lock, so the device retains the form factor of a standard tablet.
|Price:||US$199 (Launch price: $250)|
|SoC:||NvidiaTegra 3 T30S|
|CPU:||Quad-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore (ARMv7-A architecture)|
NEON Advanced SIMD extensions and VFPv3 floating point unit
|GPU:||Nvidia GeForce ULP @ 520 MHz|
Hardware 1080p MPEG-4 AVC/h.264 40 Mbit/s High-Profile, VC1-AP, and DivX 5/6 video decode
|Screen||7 inch touchscreen IPS LCD, 1280 x 800 (216 ppi)|
|Memory (RAM):||1 GiB|
|Ports:||1 microUSB, 1 Micro HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Internal storage:||16 GB eMMC flash memory|
|Networking and Wireless:||802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS|
|Sensors:||2 megapixel front camera, ambient light, compass/magnetometer, accelerometer|
|Size:||11.26 x 5.71 x 2.57 in (controller attached)|
|Weight:||1.68 pounds (controller attached), 0.71 (tablet only)|
|Battery||4100 mAh, 8 hour average battery life|
|Operating system:||Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean) shipped with Android 4.1|
The Wikipad was given a 4 and 5 star rating by Consumer Tablet Reports in 2013 placing the tablet in the best buy category, compared to its much larger competitors HP, Samsung, and Dell.
Eurogamer praised the design and open nature, but noted the lack of compelling Android games and launch price.
An aggregation of reviews done by Engadget shows the average review score of the Wikipad to be 59/100. Most reviewers praised the concept of a tablet built for gaming, and the ability to remove the controls was well received. While the design of the tablet was generally viewed as positive, a large number of found the build quality to be lacking. Due to the delays in manufacturing, the Tegra 3 processor was additionally viewed as "last-gen" compared to the newer Tegra chipset Nvidia had announced before the final launch of the Wikipad, in the end the Tegra 4 release was ultimately delayed and Nvidia apologised to Tegra 3 OEM.