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JooJoo Tablet to Beat Apple's iPad to Market

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The tablet formerly known as the CrunchPad is now shipping and orders are expected to arrive on March 29.

Fusion Garage's JooJoo tablet has started shipping to the United States and a press release from the company promises that orders will start arriving this coming Monday, March 29.

The JooJoo has been at the center of an awful lot of controversy over the last few months. It was TechCrunch's Michael Arrington who had the idea for the tablet and brought Fusion Garage on as a partner. After months of working together on the project, Arrington announced his departure from the team, claiming the whole thing had been ruined by jealousy and greed. Arrington claimed Chandra Rathakrishnan, the CEO of Fusion Garage, had given him the boot, preferring to go ahead with the tablet alone.

Around the same time, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan announced that the company would press on with the project as planned and the JooJoo was born. Gone were TechCrunch's plans for a $200 Web surfing tablet and instead, consumers were offered a $499 tablet from Fusion Garage. Not too long after the JooJoo debuted, Arrington filed an IP theft lawsuit against Chandra and his company. However, this didn't stop the JooJoo from going on pre-sale on December 11.

Today those who pre-ordered the tablet more than three months ago should have their new toy by Monday. Specs-wise, you're looking at 12.1 inch capacitive touchscreen (1366 x 768), WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, an integrated Web cam for video chat, 1 X USB, support for Flash and Java, a 4GB SSD, built in speakers, a mic, a 3.5mm headphone jack and a Web-centric OS with a boot time of 9 seconds.

Check out the JooJoo website for more information.

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    theholylancer , March 26, 2010 1:00 PM
    where is that funny pic that needs to be included with every joojoo deal rofl!

    in all seriousness coming in now at 500 dollars would mean very very little, esp with the flood of other devices at this price point, 200 would have mean it grabbed people trying to be "fashionable" on the cheap
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    JohnnyLucky , March 26, 2010 1:06 PM
    The price skyrocketed.
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    dman3k , March 26, 2010 1:10 PM
    Looks like Apple copied another product again and made them somehow "innovative"
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    scooterlibby , March 26, 2010 1:44 PM
    I cannot think of which is a worse name: iPad or joo joo.
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    p778 , March 26, 2010 1:48 PM
    tomssound, anything you feel is missing from this device? anything at all? go ahead be honest...
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    doc70 , March 26, 2010 1:52 PM
    dman3kLooks like Apple copied another product again and made them somehow "innovative"

    well, they left the USB out... at least this one has 1
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    zelannii , March 26, 2010 2:03 PM
    "beat the iPad to market" So. about 400 other tablet models did as well, going back to 1999 and even earlier. They all flopped.

    Same price as iPad, but can't do H.264, can't do much 3D worth it's ass, a more limited market space, No WiFi N, and only 4GB of storage? gee, sounds like a GREAT deal! not.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 2:05 PM
    Only 4 GB of memory? Zero apps? Zero peripherals? Zero GPS? Zero 3G? Zero ecosystem? And it still costs $500? What are these guys smokin'? Even at $300, I think this device would have a chance, but at $500, it will be a soon forgotten burp in the history of computing, alone with the Palm Foleo, the Apple Pippin and the WinCE wristwatch.

    Oh I forgot, it has Flash, everyone will buy it for that reason alone.
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    tipoo , March 26, 2010 2:15 PM
    Startup vs behemoth, I gotta cheer for the little guy (who looks like an umpa lumpa).
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    babybeluga , March 26, 2010 2:22 PM
    POST THE CAVEMAN PICTURE!
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 2:25 PM
    It weighs 2-1/2 pounds. It has a short battery life. It has hardly any storage. It has NO apps. It has no universe of accessories. It has no GPS.

    It will get run over by the iPad.
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    TomsSound , March 26, 2010 2:40 PM
    p778tomssound, anything you feel is missing from this device? anything at all? go ahead be honest...


    lol... i got owned by the submit button.. hahah :) 
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    dman3k , March 26, 2010 3:07 PM
    zelannii"beat the iPad to market" So. about 400 other tablet models did as well, going back to 1999 and even earlier. They all flopped. Same price as iPad, but can't do H.264, can't do much 3D worth it's ass, a more limited market space, No WiFi N, and only 4GB of storage? gee, sounds like a GREAT deal! not.
    Why can't it do H.264? It's Windows 7, you can do way more codecs than any Apple device. Stupid fanboi.
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    oncall , March 26, 2010 3:27 PM
    Who would buy this? Seriously. No returns for opened merchandise. Warranty information, where is it and will the company even be around to honor it? Will it be in any stores so you can try before you buy? You would have to be a grade-A sucker with $500 to blow to buy this thing.
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    Mirth , March 26, 2010 3:45 PM
    Quote:
    Why can't it do H.264? It's Windows 7, you can do way more codecs than any Apple device. Stupid fanboi.


    "a Web-centric OS with a boot time of 9 seconds" sure doesn't sound like Win 7 to me!
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    pharge , March 26, 2010 4:08 PM
    Browser base OS?.. hmm... guess... no Win7 for it... does that means.... no multi-tasking...?... or wait, they did not mention anything about App, so I guess multi-tasking is not necessary...;)

    It is good that it does come w/ flash support, but there was no mention of e-books. From its website, it just sounds like a portable bigger screen web browser, and a bigger screen media player (HD video and music)

    It is fine if it is around $200 mark, but with $499 price tag?.. they are really asking too much.
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    Anonymous , March 26, 2010 4:11 PM
    Sleazy ass business practices. Don't know enough to point any fingers yet however. From 200 to 499. Damn him. .
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