While the many innovations paved by the iPad still resonate freshly in our minds, competitors around the world have been working tirelessly to introduce the most attractive alternative.

While the many innovations paved by the iPad still resonate freshly in our minds, competitors around the world have been working tirelessly to introduce the most attractive alternative. Many of these devices are still in concept or prototype mode, but will no doubt continue to make appearances as excitement around tablet-esque trends builds.

Take a look below at a few of the most formidable rivals that are in the queue for potential release within the next year:

WePad

The German-engineered WePad has been creating some waves across the tech community as an unexpected alternative to the iPad. Dubbed “Germany's answer to Apple,” the WePad was created by Berlin-based Neofonie and was unveiled this week at a chaotic conference setting in its home country.  The device is viewed by many as the savior of the German publishing industry, as the nation's biggest media magnet, Gruner and Juhr, has agreed to make its most heavily read content WePad-ready. The tablet runs on Windows 7 and is set to appear in stores in June. At €569,  the fully equipped version is 32 GB, Wi-Fi-, 3G-, GPS-ready and has full HD video capabilities. WePad

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