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JooJoo ships, arrives just five days before iPad

updated 03:00 pm EDT, Thu March 25, 2010

First JooJoo tablet orders arrive March 29

Fusion Garage sent word today that the JooJoo tablet has started shipping more than four months after it was first unveiled. Pre-orders have been given first priority and should receive their units on March 29th. Others will get their devices depending on when they ordered.

The launch follows multiple delays and puts the JooJoo within five days of the release of the iPad, its most obvious rival. In the interim, Fusion Garage has had an opportunity to revamp its interface and fully integrate Flash. Fusion Garage has tried to argue that the JooJoo will benefit from Apple's presence, but most expect that Apple's sheer marketing influence and retail presence will give it an edge.

The two devices take very different approaches to the category. The JooJoo has a larger, sharper 12-inch touchscreen and has an NVIDIA Ion chip that can accelerate 1080p video, but it has just 4GB of space and is focused almost exclusively on web content. Apple's device is smaller and only capable of 720p, but it has a full native app platform and as much as 64GB of space. Both cost $499.

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  1. davedawgnyc

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    Joined: Oct 2005


    Who cares?

    And "joojoo"?
    Branding FAIL.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008


    How many pre-orders for the JooJoo?

    1,000? 2,000? Has anyone leaked that information yet. Did they say how many publishing houses are going to be on board upon launch? I'd like to get some of these numbers into perspective with the iPad.

  1. dpicardi

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    Joined: Sep 2006


    It looks gorgeous...

    But for the same price as an iPad why would you buy this device that can only surf the web?

    also the website has no video of how one interacts with the device. I'm amazed people have pre-ordered this...

  1. Woode

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    You know how the touch-screen test...

    ...revealed how other smart-phone manufacturers just don't have the whole shebang together like Apple does with iPhone? I bet this is the same.

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Not Bad

    So it looks like the key advantages are:
    1) Front-facing video camera for videoconferencing.
    2) 1080p 16:9 display for potentially better movie watching capabilities, though this is largely nullified by the fact that you can only play internet video.
    3) Flash support, so you can try to interact with a bunch of interfaces not meant for a tablet, but mostly good for p***.
    3.5) You get to be the coolest kid on the block for about five days.

    Key weaknesses:
    1) No apps, meaning no native games.
    2) Did I mention no native software? Just making sure, 'cause that's super lame!
    3) No playback of local media of any kind; that 4GB is only for caching web content.

    Overall, I'll take the iPad's trade-offs. It's too bad, because the hardware is pretty nice. The software is even more restrictive than the iPad, though, so it's a non-starter.

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    While the device may be able to decode and play 1080p video, it certainly won't show it at 1080p resolution. The screen resolution is 1366 x 768.

  1. Foe Hammer

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    March 29th: John Doe gets his joojoo
    March 30th: John Doe surfs the web
    March 31st: John Doe surfs the web some more
    April 1st: John Doe participates in flawless 1080p videoconference with 10 other joojoo users (April Fools! He just surfs the web some more)
    April 2nd: John Doe covers joojoo with newspaper, forgets he has one, surfs web on his PC
    April 3rd: John Doe sits across from beaming iPad users at Starbucks
    April 4th: John Doe puts his joojoo on eBay

  1. facebook_Guy

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    New App for the new iPad

    Check out the new App for the new iPad
    It also works on regular PC and on Firefox, Explorer and Safari Browsers.
    Makes your surfing experience a whole lot easier..

  1. chirpy22

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    Joined: Jan 2006



    why would you name your computer product "joojoo"?

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