With launch delayed, does the JooJoo stand a chance against the iPad, other tablets?

by Mike
Posted March 1st, 2010 at 9:46 am

The JooJoo, CrunchPad, wonder tablet — call it what you want. Since the much publicized falling out between TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington and Fusion Garage’s Chandra Rathakrishnan, the JooJoo’s future has been rehashed many a time. On one hand, you have this small company putting out their own in-house creation against countless other tablets as well as the big gun Apple iPad. After seeing countless reviews full of videos and pictures, I have come away pretty unimpressed. For $500 — the same price as an iPad — you have yet another proprietary device that runs a proprietary OS that will require a completely separate SDK with all new apps. I’m not saying the JooJoo is going to fail, I’m just saying that for the price, and seeing the competition, there isn’t really all that much that drives me towards it and choosing it over any other of the options on the market.

The big deal with the JooJoo however was it was going to get an early lead on the iPad with a late February release. That early lead has since fallen with the new launch date slipping all the way back to March 25th — within days of the iPad. Now that the early lead is gone, does the JooJoo stand even less of a chance? Personal opinions aside, the JooJoo is still a unique device, offering up a slightly different spin on the standard tablet computer. It’s just that now that all the ducks are in a row, the battle has become increasingly heated.

Do you think a developer eying the market is going to be wooed by the JooJoo? Or does Apple’s App Store and numerous different platforms (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) make the ROI too hard to resist?


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