You could chalk it up to bad timing, or you could argue that Apple
has more money to market their products with. Either way, the JooJoo
Tablet from Fusion Garage hasn't seen the booming start we're sure it's
creators had hoped for. Of course, it's one of the few (only?) tablets
on the market that can fully handle Flash video, so at least that's one
thing it'll have that the iPad never will, right?
Oh, and now there's one other thing. On the same weekend in which the
3G + Wi-Fi started shipping, along came word that a 3G version of
the JooJoo is also in the works. The iPad utilizes AT&T's data
network via a new Micro-SIM card that's included with the iPad, but
Fusion Garage CEO (Chandra Rathakrishanan) has yet to confirm which
operator(s) the JooJoo 3G will cooperate with. What's interesting here
is that Rathakrishanan has suggested that a 3G-enabled JooJoo will be
"available through mobile operators rather than directly from the
firm," and if sold on with a data contract, that could lead to the
device being cheaper (on contract) than a standard Wi-Fi only JooJoo.
Also, Fusion Garage won't take a cut of the monthly data bill, which
might mean that a 3G JooJoo could arise for multiple carriers; Apple is
pretty tight with AT&T, but Fusion Garage is free to play the
field. Another possibility is that users could install one of their
existing 3G WWAN cards (USB) into the USB port on the JooJoo, and with
a little tweaking of the Linux shell underneath, a 3G JooJoo could be
created from the existing Wi-Fi model.
As for a time frame? It will ship "within three months," which isn't
bad considering the money that Apple has to push development and the
lack of funds that Fusion Garage has to toy with.