JooJoo: So-So

By  |  Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Engadget has reviewed the Fusion Garage JooJoo tablet, and for a device that once had some good buzz, it sounds…devastatingly disappointing. The user interface is gnarly; it doesn’t run Flash (supposedly a big selling point) well; the battery conks out after 2.5 hours. Couple that with the fundamental limitations imposed by by the fact that it’s browser-only device that only works when Wi-Fi is available–it can’t run apps–and it’s unclear why any tablet fancier would spend $499 on this rather than on an iPad.

Given the shipping delays the JooJoo already suffered, it’s also unclear why Fusion Garage decided to ship it more or less simultaneously with the iPad rather than postpone the launch a bit longer so it could whip the software into more respectable shape.

We’ll never know for sure what this gizmo would have been like if the strange soap opera that led to it shipping as the JooJoo rather than the CrunchPad hadn’t transpired. But you gotta wonder: Maybe Michael Arrington is lucky that he was unwillingly disassociated from it months before it shipped…

 
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  1. Janey Says:

    but but but I thought it was going to be an iPad killer because it COULD run Flash!

    Oh my word, whatever will we do without Flash? No Farmville and blinky banner ads? Might as well just shut the internet down. *eyeroll*

  2. garage Says:

    I hope that 2.5 hour battery part is wrong because there is no way the Joo Joo can compete as a mobile device with that kind of run time.

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