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JooJoo Tablet to Beat Apple's iPad to Market

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.

  • theholylancer
    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
    The price skyrocketed.
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  • dman3k
    Looks like Apple copied another product again and made them somehow "innovative"
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  • TomsSound
    I'd have to see one in person but the specs look good.
    The only thing really missing is N Wireless .
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  • TomsSound
    I'd have to see one in person but the specs look good.
    The only thing really missing is N Wireless .
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  • TomsSound
    I'd have to see one in person but the specs look good.
    The only thing really missing is N Wireless .
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  • scooterlibby
    I cannot think of which is a worse name: iPad or joo joo.
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  • p778
    tomssound, anything you feel is missing from this device? anything at all? go ahead be honest...
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  • doc70
    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
    "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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