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As the tablet war heats up, is the joojoo a contender?

First impressions of the Linux-based joojoo tablet are pleasing, it's got a nice silver finish (not metal unfortunately) and the 12.1 screen is enormous, with a front-facing camera and USB port. At 1.1kg it feels fairly substantial and far too heavy to use with one hand, so you'll either be using it with two hands or resting it on your lap, although we found it a little wide.

Firing up in a respectable 10 seconds, you're greeted with an interface that looks fairly slick, but within a short space of time becomes incredibly frustrating, due to the lack of customisation and sluggish touchscreen.


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The homescreen has about 25 of what looks like apps, but are actually web shortcuts, ranging from Facebook, Twitter and You Tube, to Hula and Walmart, which are less useful outside the US. Unfortunately there's no way of adding new ones or removing the less useful ones, although Fusion Garage (the joojoo's developer) does hope to rectify that in a future update. Scroll through or view them in categories including: social, entertain, connect, stay informed and portal.

You might not be able to add apps, but you can add bookmarks (and search them alphabetically) to a dedicated screen accessed by swiping right. Swipe left to view the third homescreen that includes a calendar.

The home screen and volume controls are located on a top menu bar, which unfortunately isn't static. Instead it appears when you touch the top of the screen. Actually getting the menu bar to slide down in the first place often takes several jabs and once you hit 'joojoo' it's then about four seconds to return to the main menu. We'd have preferred a dedicated menu button like the Dell Streak, because it's really slow and frustrating and spoils the experience. It also means despite running a faster 1.6Ghz processor, the user experience of the joojoo is nowhere near as nippy as the Apple iPad and Dell Streak.

Storage is a paltry 4GB, but considering you can't actually download programs – it's designed as a pure browser - it's hard to actually see how you'd fill 4GB.

joojoo: Browsing

Swipe down to access the browser. There's no home page, instead you enter an address using a decent-sized keypad, which is fine for typing.

Despite the screen supporting multitouch, it's not very responsive. Scroll up and down using two fingers (we found two thumbs to be the most effective method) and on some web pages it doesn't work. Inexplicably there's no zoom control, the thinking being because the screen is widescreen, it's not essential. Sorry Fusion Garage, we think it is.

To close or flip between pages, you go via the dreaded drop-down menu, which means more fruitless tapping on the top of the screen, but once you get there swipe controls are fairly effective.

Websites like BBC News and Sky News load within a couple of seconds and content rich websites like take a respectable 10-12 seconds to load. Flip to vertical orientation and the accelerometer switches the screen fairly quickly, but some web pages don't resize to fit, so you lose a column of text.

joojoo: Video

Much has been made of the joojoo's support for Flash (version 10.01), bringing flexibility to watch videos on websites like You've got two options for You Tube videos. Either the conventional version of Flash, or by selecting tha special joojoo version. We had issues with the former, an Autocar Audi review at 720p looked juddery. But the joojoo version, which uses a desktop version of Flash can play back HD without problems. The speaker isn't very loud though.

We struggled to stream HD content from BBC iPlayer on to the 1366 x768 screen. This isn't really a surprise and we've had the same issue with netbooks with similar processors, but we managed to stream the same episode via the Flash-free iPad, flawlessly.

joojoo: Connections

Charge the joojoo via the supplied DC connecter. Yes, there's a USB port, but this is only for charging (and you don't even get a cable to do this) or attaching a mouse. You can't transfer video via USB key, which seems like missed opportunity, although this will be fixed with a firmware upgrade. There's no Bluetooth, but you do get WiFi and it's very simple to connect. A 3G joojoo tablet is set to land in July.

The joojoo is equipped with a front-facing camera, but because joojoo is designed as an internet device, you can't download Skype (or any other programs) unfortunately, so have to use a web-based service like Tokbox.

joojoo tablet: Conclusion

We really wanted to like the joojoo and we really feel the hardware is there to make a good product, but at the moment the sluggish touchscreen and lack of customization let it down. It's really unfortunate that the joojoo launched so close to the Apple iPad. The Apple device's simple UI and fantastic touchscreen highlight the joojoo's sluggish interface, which takes too long to do simple things - like return to the main menu.

If the joojoo tablet was £150-200, we could see its appeal as a netbook alternative for browsing. But £320 is too much money for a basic web browser in tablet form – for an extra £120 you can get an iPad, which does a lot more. But, speaking to joojoo's UK PR team, it's clear that Fusion Garage is continually updating the device, so some of our gripes - USB storage and adding bookmarks - can be fixed with a future firmware upgrade, but we're not sure when that will be. But it's the sluggish navigation that's the real problem, it's incredibly frustrating. If the second generation joojoo improved the touchscreen and ditched the virtual menu bar for some dedicated buttons, this could be a desireable product, but at the moment it feels unfinished. For now we'll stick to the iPad.

PART 2: Apple iPad Vs joojoo tablet


SPECIFICATIONSWebsite: https://thejoojoo.comPrice: £320 Processor: An Intel Atom 1.6 Ghz processor with Nvidia Ion chipsetStorage: 4GB SSDScreen size/res: 12.1-inch 1366x768 capacitive multi-touchConnectivity: WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 3.5mm jack, microphone, DC, USBBattery: 5 hours on WiFiDimensions/weight: 199x325x19mm/1.1kg


JooJoo - Wikipedia

The JooJoo was a Linux-based tablet computer. It was produced by Singapore development studio Fusion Garage. Originally, Fusion Garage was working with Michael Arrington to release it as the CrunchPad, but in November 2009 Fusion Garage informed Arrington it would be selling the product alone. Arrington has responded by filing a lawsuit against Fusion Garage.[3]



The CrunchPad project was started by Michael Arrington in July 2008, initially aiming for a US$200 tablet, and showed a first prototype (Prototype A) a month later.[4][5] Beginning 2009, working Prototype B was introduced by the TechCrunch team led by Louis Monier, based on a 12 inch LCD screen, a VIA Nano CPU, Ubuntu Linux and a custom Webkit-based browser. The device was rapidly prototyped by Dynacept[6] and a customized version of the Ubuntu distribution was compiled by Fusion Garage.[7][8] After announcing Prototype B, there arose a desire for the tablet to come into production.[9] Louis Monier worked closely with Fusion Garage as the team's lead designer.

  • April 9, 2009 - Prototype C is shown, looking very much like the original concept pictures.[10] Michael Arrington wrote that the hardware, software and industrial design improvements seen in Prototype C were all driven by Fusion Garage. "... one thing I’ve learned about hardware in the last year is that you need partners to actually make things happen, and the credit for what we saw today goes entirely to the Fusion Garage team.", he said.[11]
  • June 3, 2009 - near-final industrial design[12]
  • November 17, 2009 - Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan emails Techcrunch, and informs them "out of the blue" that Fusion Garage's investors want to pull out of the partnership, and that they are under the impression that Techcrunch does not own rights to the project, but are simply helping advertise it.[13][14]

Initially in 2008, $200 was mentioned as the target price-point. In the first half of 2009, $300 was mentioned as more likely. By the end of July 2009, news stories said the actual price when it would ship in November 2009 would be about $400, putting it in potential competition with netbooks and low-end laptops.[15][16]

The project generated some press and was mentioned in Washington Post[7] and other media.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

In July 2009, it was reported that Arrington founded a company of 14 employees around the tablet (Crunchpad Inc.) in Singapore,[28] and that there would be a public presentation of a finished product later in the month.[29]

By late September 2009, the lack of publicity on the CrunchPad led Dan Frommer of The Business Insider to ask, in an article headline, "Where's The CrunchPad?"[30] Apple and Microsoft were rumored to be working on new tablet computers, receiving more media coverage.[31]

In early October 2009, Popular Mechanics magazine recognized the CrunchPad with an award as one of the top 10 Most Brilliant Products of 2009, "the top 10 most brilliant gadgets, tools and toys that you can buy in 2009."[32] Other organizations questioned the appropriateness of the award as the CrunchPad was not available for purchase at publication time.[33][34][35]

On the November 12, 2009, Gillmor Gang podcast, Michael Arrington announced the product is "steamrolling along", that rumors of high prices are untrue, and that the product will probably retail for US$300–400, likely subsidised by features that are sponsored but won't impact negatively on the user experience (similar to Firefox's search bar).[36]

On August 15, 2011, the successor to the JooJoo and a new smartphone were announced after a made-up company "TabCo" unveiled it was, in fact, Fusion Garage. The announcement included a tablet and smartphone named the Grid 10 (10.1 inch tablet) and The Grid 4 (4 inch smartphone), both running GridOS, a fork of the Android operating system.[37]

Crunchpad manifesto[edit]

In the founding July 21, 2008, manifesto "We Want A Dead Simple Web Tablet For $200. Help Us Build It."[4] Michael Arrington wrote:

So let’s design it, build a few and then open source the specs so anyone can create them.

If everything works well, we’d then open source the design and software and let anyone build one that wants to.

No further commitments were made in 2009 about making the design open and public, which would make it easier to add additional features such as a standard keyboard connector and increased storage.


On November 30, 2009, Michael Arrington announced that the CrunchPad project was dead. Three days prior to the planned debut, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan had informed him Fusion Garage would be proceeding to sell the pad alone. Arrington claims the intellectual property shared between both companies, so the product could not proceed legally. He said his side "will almost certainly be filing multiple lawsuits against Fusion Garage, and possibly Chandra and his shareholders as individuals, shortly".[38]

On December 7, 2009 - Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan announced that he is releasing what had been developed as the CrunchPad and which he is now calling the "JooJoo", and that it will be available for pre-sale December 11, 2009 for $499 USD.[39]

On December 10, 2009 Michael Arrington/Techcrunch filed a lawsuit against Fusion Garage in Federal court.[13][40]

On February 1, 2010, Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan announced that JooJoo pre-orders had increased following the debut of the Apple iPad, and that additional funding of $10 million had been obtained. He also announced that Fusion Garage was in the process of forming a partnership with a mobile phone manufacturer that would handle the production of the device.[41]

On February 3, 2010, Fusion Garage announced that the manufacturing of JooJoo tablets had begun as part of a new agreement with CSL Group. In exchange for absorbing manufacturing costs of the JooJoo, CSL Group would take a percentage of profits from the sale of the devices. CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan stated that JooJoo shipments would reach customers by late February, and that the device would support Adobe Flash at launch.[42]

On February 26, 2010, Fusion Garage announced a manufacturing delay of the JooJoo tablet, citing an issue fine tuning the touch sensitivity of the capacitive screen. JooJoo tablets are now to ship out on March 25, 2010, and all pre-order customers are to be provided with a free accessory to compensate for the delay.[43][needs update]

On November 11, 2010, Fusion Garage announced that Joojoo tablet at its current iteration is at “its end of life” and the company will be exploring several new platforms that will not have backward compatibility.[44]

On December 19, 2011, rumors said that Fusion Garage will discontinue business and may be bankrupt.[45]

On January 9, 2012, Fusion Garage confirmed that the company had gone into liquidation owing creditors $40 million.[46]


On November 30, 2009, Arrington said the CrunchPad project had ended in disagreement between himself and Fusion Garage.[38] On December 7, 2009, Fusion Garage CEO Chandra Rathakrishnan said his company would release the CrunchPad as the JooJoo, and that customers could preorder it on December 11, 2009, for 499 USD.[39] On December 10, 2009, Arrington and Techcrunch filed a lawsuit against Fusion Garage in U.S. federal court, accusing the firm of fraud and deceit, misappropriation of business ideas, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, and violations of the Lanham Act.[13][40] On March 30, 2010, the lawsuit revealed that only 90 pre-orders for the JooJoo had been placed before it began shipping.[47]

Kernel hacker Matthew Garrett filed a complaint with US Customs and Border Protection against Fusion Garage for copyright infringement, since the company shipped GPL software without making the required offer of source code.[48] The issue was resolved in January 2011 when Fusion Garage started providing the required source code at their web site.[49]

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JooJoo Tablet Hands-On | ITworld

FIRST LOOK: I had a chance to play with a pre-production model of Fusion Garage's JooJoo Web tablet, which has been covered in controversy over the last week or so. Enough with the drama--let's see how the thing works.

First, the specs. Fusion Garage CEO Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan was loathe to talk specs, insisting that to do so would draw comparisons to netbooks and the PC market (which is spec-obsessed) rather than an appliance like an iPhone or a Kindle, where processor speed is less of a concern compared to the quality of the overall Web browsing experience.

That said: it has a 12-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 1366 by 768 pixel resolution, 1GB of memory, a 4GB SSD (which is mostly used to store the OS and cache data, the user can't directly save files), and the processor is a 1.6GHz Atom with some kind of graphics chip assisting with HD video decoding. It also has one USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth support, a headphone and mic ports, built-in speakers, and a webcam with a mic. Internet connectivity comes from Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only--no 3G Internet here. Interestingly enough, the JooJoo preview model we used had an expansion slot, but they're going to block it up before it hits the market.

The JooJoo's form factor is sleek but not mind-blowing. It is light (about 2.4lbs) and fairly svelte (less than one inch thick), so it's not hard to hold one-handed or carry around, but it also isn't light enough or thin enough to be a tremendous selling point, either. It would fit perfectly in a backpack, suitcase, messenger bag, or even a large purse, and it's lighter than the average laptop or netbook.

Fusion Garage claims that the JooJoo's battery lasts for five hours of uninterrupted use, and the device includes power management options to optimize battery use. It charges via an included power brick that's smaller than most laptop power bricks and can readily fit with the JooJoo in a typical briefcase or laptop bag.

Like any touchscreen device, the JooJoo keeps fingerprints like Homeland Security, and it only comes in black, so fingerprints and oil marks are more likely to show. Bring a cloth to wipe it down.

Software: Make or Break?

Frankly, the software is going to make or break the JooJoo, and Chandrasekar was quick to remind us that the models we were using were nothing near ready for commercial release. Upon pressing the On button, the JooJoo boots in around nine seconds to the home screen, which has a series of icons linking to different Web sites categorized under "reach out" (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace), "have fun" (IMDB, YouTube, Hulu), "be informed" (New York Times, CNN), and so on, as well as the date and time, a URL/search box in the upper left, and the settings tab in the lower left.

Users navigate the JooJoo by dragging a finger to scroll the display, tapping once to select a link or icon, and using the "pinch" and "zoom" gestures (familiar to anyone with an iPhone) to return to the home screen or go back to the browser. This is where the JooJoo needs to make the most improvement between now and the shipping date; both myself as well as PC World Senior Editor Robert Strohmeyer had trouble using the touchscreen gestures to consistently navigate, switch tabs, or scroll. That said, Fusion Garage also had an even earlier pre-release JooJoo model available with a different touchscreen that wasn't nearly as usable as the current model, so if they can keep on improving at this rate these issues should be scarce by the ship date.

When you need to input text, the JooJoo brings up an onscreen keyboard layout. It's fairly roomy and easy to type, but don't expect the accuracy of a hardware keyboard or the assistance of a smartphone-esque auto-complete. Don't expect to do much typing other than the occasional tweet on the JooJoo and you'll be fine. If you're determined to buckle down and blog, the JooJoo does support a keyboard and mouse on the USB 2.0 port, so you could simply leave it where you work.

The browser itself is a WebKit browser (the same rendering engine that powers Apple's Safari and Google Chrome, among others) so it had no trouble rendering Web pages, and it includes support for Microsoft Silverlight, Adobe Flash, and Java, so you won't be short on Web applications here. Underneath the browser is a stripped-down Ubuntu build that is essentially optimized to load the most basic drivers it can and boot up as quickly as possible.

Once you get to where you want to go, the JooJoo can present it fairly nicely. The screen is very readable, and an ambient light sensor adjusts the display brightness accordingly. Unlike most netbooks, the JooJoo can handle 720p and even 1080p video fairly well (they used the Avatar trailer on YouTube for the demo) though it will only display in fullscreen mode. Horizontal viewing angles were pretty good, but the vertical viewing angle seemed a little bit lacking

The JooJoo's accelerometer will also rotate the image when you rotate the display, if you're reading a blog or RSS feed that requires lots of scrolling, though this also took us a little doing. This is where the 12-inch widescreen dimensions get a little bit unusual; since it's almost twice as wide as it is long, it can get a little bit awkward with Web sites designed for a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Note that the absolutely hideous colored backdrop present in all these photos is a user-definable feature, so your JooJoo doesn't have to look like an oversized green-scale Nintendo Game Boy.

The JooJoo Demographic

If you're the kind of person who keeps a laptop or netbook around the house or office and uses it mostly for consuming Web media (that is, not so much typing), you're exactly who the JooJoo is aiming for--it's a neat, lightweight device that has potential to do Web browsing well, and if your work is in Web apps then you'll be able to work from the JooJoo with just a keyboard and mouse. Don't expect it to replace any of your PCs, per se--it just might be nicer to use in certain situations where you're currently using a PC, like when you're catching up on the day's news or nosing through Hulu.

Ultimately, the JooJoo is more like a litmus test for tablets: if you're tempted by a $500 device designed for Web browsing, you should check out the JooJoo. The challenge will be for Fusion Garage to deliver a product that will not only carve out and establish the tablet market space, but also be able to hold on to it in case long-rumored tablets from Apple or Microsoft come calling.

This story, "JooJoo Tablet Hands-On" was originally published by PCWorld.

Hands on: JooJoo tablet review

The iPad has made a splash, but Apple's Flash-free, App-centric platform has certainly left the door open for a web tablet not held back by Apple's shackles.

So enter the 12.1-inch JooJoo, which has just gone on sale in the UK. Designed by Fusion Garage, a company that has not been without some controversy, the platform is a gesture-based tablet that is, essentially, one big web browser with a Wi-Fi connection.

The cost, including UK VAT, is £374. We're expecting the entry-level iPad to hit the £399 price point. Is it worth as much as the iPad? Read on for our (varied) thoughts, but first, some basics.

The home screen essentially consists of a variety of web links rather than apps, though these are still downloaded from a 'Store'.

Obviously they don't need to be downloaded from a Store, but JooJoo hopes to ape Apple's success in this way - even if there are no applications to speak of.

First things first though, the hardware - it's slightly heavier than the iPad although the slick aluminium and dark-edged finish really does look the part - even if it's similar to Apple's device. There's a USB input as well as microphone, power and headphone sockets.

JooJoo has 4GB of built-in solid-state storage in addition to 1GB of memory and Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor and Nvidia's Ion chip. But, as you'll hear, graphics performance is disappointing.

While the storage is less than the 16GB entry-level iPad, you won't particularly need to store anything on this device as everything is completely web-based.

The bit of hardware that does disappoint is the screen - the 366 x 768 display isn't quite bright enough and certainly isn't good enough for group viewing. The iPad's display is a lot brighter and is far better for viewing alongside others.

So what's it like to use? Unfortunately, the Linux-based interface doesn't quite live up to its slick look. It is sluggish while the menu bar - which needs a one-fingered swipe downwards - appears sporadically.

The unit we have photographed here was also demoed to us previously. During the course of the demo, the device crashed twice and was slow to respond at times.

Apparently these problems (as well as some others we'll detail below) will be fixed by firmware updates in due course, but it begs the question - why is this device on sale now when it's clearly unfinished?

It's a real shame as there is A LOT of potential here. It's just that the JooJoo seems like a beta device - we're not that impressed that it's already on the streets.

One thing we did like was the way the browser enables you to easily swipe between browser screens. Unlike on the iPhone or iPad, this means that any video or music playing in that screen won't stop - it's more like a desktop PC in terms of user experience.

Here's your first glimpse of the keyboard, which works well for searching - there are shortcuts to Google, YouTube and other services.

And the main on-screen keyboard has two sizes, which you can see below in action using Google Docs. As the browser works just the same as that of a desktop PC, document editing isn't an issue. We were dismayed that the keyboard doesn't have a Shift key though! Expect this to appear soon.

The YouTube experience is good, but JooJoo hasn't got the blessing of Adobe and is doing things its own way. It has implemented the first beta of Flash 10.1 but doesn't have hardware acceleration and so 720p HD footage (we watched the Iron Man trailer) is poor. For this reason, JooJoo has had to provide us with a non-Flash MPEG playback of YouTube videos - you have to click on the JooJoo logo displayed on Flash videos - in other words, a "JooJoo mode" has had to be developed. Humph.

And for this reason, BBC iPlayer playback is also problematic as there is no "JooJoo mode".

So what do we think? The JooJoo clearly has a lot to offer, but it's marred by buggy software and an uneasy relationship with the very people that should be supporting it - Adobe.

This isn't an iPad killer yet, but it so should be! It's a real disappointment and could be so much better. JooJoo appears to have rushed it out because of the iPad. Instead, it should have waited and got things right first time.

Review: Fusion Garage JooJoo Tablet

The JooJoo’s story could have been the hackneyed one of an underdog: Unknown startup comes out of nowhere, creates a product that launches just before the iPad, and because of some clever moves and a little luck manages to topple Cupertino’s iJuggernaut. Think of it like the plot of Mighty Ducks only with tablets instead of peewee hockey.

Fusion Garage JooJoo Tablet



Nicely designed, sleek hardware. Responsive touchscreen. HD and — get ready for it — Flash support.


Twice the weight of an iPad with half the usability. Interface buggier than bucket full of cockroaches. No apps. Battery life is an unfunny joke. You’re going to charge 0 for this thing with a straight face?

How We Rate
  • 1/10A complete failure in every way
  • 2/10Sad, really
  • 3/10Serious flaws; proceed with caution
  • 4/10Downsides outweigh upsides
  • 5/10Recommended with reservations
  • 6/10Solid with some issues
  • 7/10Very good, but not quite great
  • 8/10Excellent, with room to kvetch
  • 9/10Nearly flawless
  • 10/10Metaphysical perfection

Except in real life, the Mighty Ducks would have been completely destroyed by the expertly trained, better-equipped kids from the rich neighborhood. The same holds true for the JooJoo tablet, which despite a valiant attempt, is ultimately a buggy gadget without purpose that’s thoroughly trounced by the iPad.

JooJoo (nee CrunchPad) is a tablet from the Singapore-based company Fusion Garage. It’s almost Apple-esque in its sleek industrial design. Powered off, it’s a polished slab, black and shiny on the front, brushed-aluminum finish on the back. Other than a discreet Power button, the device is fully controlled by a touchscreen.

At about 2.5 pounds, the JooJoo feels comfortable when resting on the table or if you are holding it while in bed. But it’s definitely not a handheld device. The JooJoo is almost a pound heavier than the iPad so if you want to carry it around or hold it in your hand like a book, it leads to some strain.

The tablet runs a custom operating system based on Linux. Once powered on, the homescreen is divided into little square icons that connect to services such as Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube and major news sites such as The New York Times and CNN.

It’s easy and intuitive — except when you want to get online. When you feel the need to surf, you have to swipe at a floating navigation bar at the top of the screen and enter the URL. It’s frustrating to figure out and swipe repeatedly just to enter the website address.

Where the JooJoo does score is in the picture quality of its gorgeous touchscreen. Scrolling is pretty smooth (although not quite as fluid as the iPad) and videos play beautifully, thanks to the included Flash support. That said, the screen is often unresponsive and the device’s accelerometer can be temperamental when switching from landscape to portrait mode.

The virtual keyboard is easy to use. It can be dragged and positioned anywhere on the screen, but it doesn’t stay locked in that position so you relocate it for every new page. Also, features like automatic capitalization and predictive text input are inexplicably missing.

But once online, what do you do with a JooJoo? Not a hell of a lot. There’s no 3G connectivity, only Wi-Fi. You can’t download and install programs on the JooJoo — no Google Talk or Adobe PDF reader. And while iPad users have access to 3,400 apps the minute they turn their devices on, JooJoo customers live in an empty world. No POP3 e-mail access or support for Microsoft Exchange either.

Watching video on JooJoo comes with its own set of quirks and glitches. Bring up YouTube or Hulu clips and they look fine in a small window, but click into the full-screen mode and you’ll get more stalls and sputtering than a health care bill moving through Congress.

And despite the 1.6-GHz Atom processor combined with an Nvidia Ion graphics unit, the JooJoo doesn’t feel zippy. Another drawback is the battery life. We ran the JooJoo’s battery down in about five hours — half as long as the iPad.

Commenters will likely tear into this review, accusing Wired of being biased toward Apple (we’re not) and unfairly bashing a perfectly good product (which this isn’t). Our advice? If you’re in the market for a tablet but hate Apple, don’t rush out and buy a JooJoo just to prove a point. Something better will eventually come along. Trust us.

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