The JooJoo tablet (formerly known as the CrunchPad) started shipping last Friday and orders were expected to deliver on Monday. So how many people are this week playing with their shiny new tablet from Fusion Garage? Well, not many, it turns out.
The JooJoo made a big splash when it was revealed last year and seeing as how it hit preorder status back in early December, assuming FG had a decent amount of preorders is not exactly an off-the-wall theory. However, it looks like business is slow for Fusion Garage; court documents reveal that the company only received 90 preorders and 15 of those have since been returned.
Gizmodo cites court documents from the ongoing suit between TechCrunch and Fusion Garage that state just 90 of the $500 tablets have been ordered and 15 have been either canceled or returned. To put that in clearer terms, that's $45,000 if they manage to sell all 90. As Giz points out, that's not exactly a huge amount of money when you've got lawsuits, legal bills and the desire to mass produce.
While it's easy to blame the announcement of the iPad and a host of other tablets for the lack of excitement, it's hard to ignore the controversy surrounding this device. What started out as the $200 brainchild of TechCrunch's Michael Arrington has evolved into a $500 tablet from a company that Arrington is calling disreputable.