A look at JooJoo web tablet, the iPad rival

A look at JooJoo web tablet, the iPad rival

Summary: JooJoo makers Fusion Garage have given ZDNet UK hands-on time with their Linux-based tablet computer

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  • Fusion Garage has started selling its JooJoo tablet computer in the UK.

    The device is a rival to the iPad. It has a larger screen than Apple's slate, with a standard 16:9 ratio. It also runs a version of Linux, unlike the iPad, which runs the same operating system as that used by the iPhone handset.

    Fusion Garage chief Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan told ZDNet UK on Thursday that the company's main product was its "browser OS", and Fusion Garage had "decided to launch the OS with a tablet device".

    The version shown in these pictures uses Wi-Fi connectivity only, but a 3G-capable version will launch later this quarter, Rathakrishnan said.

    The JooJoo costs £319 plus tax and shipping.

  • Like the iPad, the JooJoo can reorientate its interface between portrait and landscape modes, based on the way the device is held.

  • One big attraction of the JooJoo over the iPad is its USB connectivity, which would allow someone to do things such as transferring a photo from a digital camera without having to email it first. The JooJoo will also run Flash-based content, unlike Apple's device.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • That sure beats the iPad as far as I'm concerned. Now, to buy one, if only I could sell my car . . .
    Fat Pop Do Wop
  • This is vastly better that the iPad in every respect. If I were buying a tablet PC this is the sort of thing I would want. The only addition I would have liked would have been a wired Ethernet port.

    P.S.
    This item is actually good enough for me to brave the still gawd awful zdnet login, and almost unreadable layout {sigh}
    Tezzer-5cae2
  • Looks, a few bigger fo me, but the idea of Linux inside a tablet is sooo atractive :)

    Greetings!
    JaD!
    jado92mx
  • This is a crappy product according to the major tech sites in the U.S, like engadget, gizmondo, and many others. It's so bad that they only manage to sell 64 unit in the whole world. I wouldn't buy this even at half the current price, which is ridiculously over-priced for a product with this quality and unknown vendor battling lawsuit from TechCrunch for unethical business practices.
    vimurphy
  • @vimurphy - As I recall, some of those early write-ups reflected the high quality of the hardware, but were concerned about the software. Those other sites played with the device a while before we did, and they got what was, by all admissions, a half-baked OS. We saw a more complete OS, which seemed to work fine, and more updates are coming over-the-air this month.

    In any case, each to their own. We played with it, and liked it. And, on the subject of price - I would be extremely surprised to see any equivalent device come in under that price, whether or not Arrington originally intended it to be sub-$200.
    David Meyer