updated 05:50 pm EDT, Tue March 30, 2010
Legal docs show JooJoo getting little interest
PayPal documents discovered today as part of the ongoing TechCrunch lawsuit against Fusion Garage have revealed that just 90 pre-orders were submitted before the JooJoo tablet began shipping last week. A motion in court for a preliminary injunction shows that, as of about February 22nd, the company took just 90 pre-orders for the $499 device, amounting to just $44,555 of revenue. The actual honored pre-orders were even lower as 15 of the orders were cancelled and refunded, although this didn't include pre-orders for the last few weeks before the March 25th ship date.
The figures won't necessarily reflect actual sales of the 12-inch tablet but could pose trouble for the company. As a device, the JooJoo is potentially very capable with a 12-inch multi-touch display, built-in Flash support and an NVIDIA Ion chipset that can play 1080p video. However, more than one delay has pushed it into direct competition with the iPad and also drawn it nearer to competing with Android tablets that behave more like the JooJoo itself. Apple is limited to a 9.7-inch screen and 720p but, thanks both to the iPhone's reputation and other factors, is estimated have as many as 400,000 pre-orders for its own tablet and may pass the half-million mark with retail purchases.
Fusion Garage itself has also been widely acknowledged a factor for some in hesitation to buy the device. It had regularly worked with TechCrunch on developing the tablet under its initial working name of the CrunchPad but sparked a formal split and eventual lawsuit after it decided to wrest control of the project for itself. The technology news site has claimed that Fusion Garage stole its ideas, but the Singapore-based defendant has claimed that the ideas were freely posted online and so never really belonged to just one company. [via Gizmodo]