JooJoo 12-inch tablet now shipping in Europe

April 28, 2010 at 8:55 am

JooJooAre there any Europeans out there who have been itching to get hands-on with the JooJoo? Well you’re in luck, the company is now shipping the JooJoo to France, Germany and the UK for €359/£319 plus shipping. The JooJoo sports a 12.1-inch (1366 x 768) display, 1.6GHz N270 Atom, ION graphics and a custom Linux UI.

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JooJoo tablet reviewed – software lets it down

April 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

JooJoo tabletThe JooJoo 12-inch capacitive tablet is finally shipping to customers and Engadget has the first review up. Overall they found it difficult to recommend the $499 tablet, especially considering the coinciding launch of the Apple iPad. They felt the JooJoo ships with “half-baked software” that makes it unintuitive to use.

On the positive side, they did like the hardware design, but says the JooJoo has a worse screen than the iPad and is also less portable. They suggest the price-point needs to be re-evaluated as well it needing software updates aplenty. On this front, Fusion Garage is apparently promising a “near-weekly update schedule” that will hopefully bring with it hardware-accelerated Flash support. You can read the full review here.

JooJoo tablet is not vapourware, receives unboxing [Video]

April 2, 2010 at 10:21 am

JooJooIt looks like the 12.1-inch capacitive JooJoo tablet is a reality after all. The first units are shipping to customers and Engadget managed to get hold of a retail model to unbox.

You can check out some of the unboxing pictures after the break, but they also have a video that walks through the UI. Engadget is promising a review next week, but until then you can check out the video below. Read more

JooJoo tablet now shipping; first deliveries on March 29

March 25, 2010 at 5:40 pm

JooJooAfter a short delay, the JooJoo tablet with 12-inch capacitive display has finally started to ship. The people that have been pre-ordering the device since last December will get their shipments first with deliveries expected by March 29. I imagine that new orders will ship soon thereafter.

This is a day that I’m sure many didn’t expect to see, especially with all the legal wranglings with former partner TechCrunch. It’s good to see them getting out of the gate before the iPad behemoth devours all. Read more

JooJoo’s trip to the FCC reveals N270 Atom, Nvidia ION internals

March 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

JooJoo internalsSpecs for the JooJoo 12.1-inch tablet have been under tight wraps, until now that is. The JooJoo has passed through the FCC where it has been revealed that the tablet will be powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom processor and Nvidia ION chipset. It’s no wonder that those that have tested the video capabilities have talked of flawless playback.

Another interesting thing spotted is a SIM card slot that likely means 3G will be an option at some point down the road. The JooJoo will ship with a Linux user interface, however other pictures from the FCC show it running with Windows 7 that could point to future OS choice. The non-removable battery should last for 5 hours. The JooJoo is due to launch on 25 March. Check out some more pictures below. Read more

JooJoo gets UI makeover, new colour & fully working Flash playback

March 11, 2010 at 11:43 am

JooJooWe recently heard that the 12.1-inch capacitive JooJoo tablet had been delayed to the end of this month and it seems that Fusion Garage has been putting this time to good use. A number of improvements to the device have been made including a new user interface, improved text entry, fully working Flash video and even a change of colour casing from black to champagne.

The homescreen now has an icon grid that sits over customisable wallpaper. A vertical swipe reveals a status bar housing the home button, status indicators, navigation controls, and search. Two scroll gestures have also now been implemented. This includes a two-finger scroll (much like a scroll wheel) and a single finger “pan” that functions much like a mouse arrow. Read more

JooJoo Tablet to start shipping on March 25

February 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm

JooJooFusion Garage’s JooJoo 12.1-inch capacitive tablet has seen a delay and is now expected to ship to consumers on March 25 2010. The delay is due to a “manufacturing issue” that the company become aware of recently. This issue relates to fine tuning the sensitivity of the touchscreen. To appease all of those who pre-ordered the JooJoo a few accessory, without stating what that is.

JooJoo Tablet gears up to full production; app store on horizon

February 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

JooJoo TabletAll of the fuss may still be over the Apple iPad, however let’s not forget Fusion Garage’s JooJoo tablet that offers a larger 12.1-inch display and flash support for the same price as the iPad ($499). The company has confirmed that production of the tablet has “moved into full production” with shipments expected to hit consumers by the end of February.

It has teamed up with Malaysia’s largest OEM, CSL who will absorb the upfront manufacturing costs in exchange for a royalty on each JooJoo sold. CSL has also made a strategic investment in Fusion Garage. The company’s founder, Chandrasekar “Chandra” Rathakrishnan, has also said that a full app store is in the works. “We have a bigger ‘app store’ than Apple because we have the full Internet,” Chandra said. The company is certainly ambitious, not that I really understand why seemingly every manufacturer wants their own app store these days…

Apple iPad compared against 5 other upcoming slates

January 29, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Apple iPad compared against 5 other upcoming slatesIf CES wasn’t an indication enough that 2010 is likely to be the year of the tablet (or slate if you prefer), then Gizmodo has a nice comparison table where it has compared six slates (including the recently announced Apple iPad).

Having a quick run through the list, the Notion Ink stands out for me. It’s the only one to come with a Pixel Qi display for e-reading duties and sports Android, Tegra 2 and even a HDMI out. The only glaring omission is Adobe Flash support, but I’m sure Android will support this at some point down the line. Check out the detailed comparison table after the break. Read more

JooJoo tablet hands-on video roundup

December 8, 2009 at 2:40 pm

JooJoo tabletThe JooJoo web tablet (formerly known as the CrunchPad) was christened its new name just yesterday, but with no accompanying media. However, it looks like Fusion Garage’s Chandra Rathakrishnan has been doing the rounds, as video hands-on impressions from both Cnet and Engadget have surfaced.

The JooJoo uses a number of multi-touch gestures including two finger swipes to move backwards/forwards. Cnet feels that the virtual keyboard is “poorly positioned”, although you can always use a Bluetooth/USB keyboard (kind of defeats the purpose though). Cnet were impressed with the 12.1-inch (1366 x 768) capacitive display, describing it as “pleasing to hold” and “gorgeous”. However, the $499 price point is likely to be a sticking point for many saying that it’s great “if you have money to burn.”

The hardware has a dedicated GPU powerful enough to run 1080p YouTube content. Engadget managed to experience this first-hand, describing the 1080p Avatar trailer as “crisp and lag-free.” Performance will be dependent on wireless bandwidth though. Engadget’s main gripe was that the “touch sensitivity is pretty bad” with the keyboard being “painful” to use. A pretty big problem for a tablet. Check out both hands-on videos below.

Update: Gizmodo and Wired have also posted their hands-on impressions. Read more

CrunchPad tablet morphs into the $499 JooJoo

December 7, 2009 at 10:05 pm

JooJooFollowing on from the very public falling out between TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington and hardware partners Fusion Garage, the CrunchPad now has a new name. The 12.1-inch tablet will now be known as the JooJoo. Fusion Garage’s founder, Chandra Rathakrishnan, also went on the record to say that the device was already being worked on before Arrington approached them. He also claims that there was no contract between them.

The specs are mostly what we already know, it has a 12.1” capacitive touchscreen display and includes a 4GB SSD. It boots straight into the browser and runs a UNIX-based operating system. It includes Wi-Fi but no sim-slot for 3G. Battery life is quoted to last for around 5 hours. Pre-orders start from December 11th and will cost $499. Initial deliveries will begin in 8-10 weeks. Demos of the JooJoo are expected later this week.