Fusion Garage has an uphill battle if they plan to take on Apple's iPad
. In fact, the same could be said of any tablet maker hoper to make an impact in a market that's already dominated by the iOS
king. But if the TouchPad survived only to prove one point, it's this: people love discounts, and they'll even overlook a product with more developer support in order to get a cheaper alternative. The $99 TouchPad
sold out in record time, and Lenovo recently unveiled a $199 Android tablet. Fusion Garage, the company who produced the JooJoo right around the time the iPad came to market, seems to be taking a more intelligent approach this time.
While they launched their Grid10 tablet at $499 (Wi-Fi) and $599 (Wi-Fi + 3G), they've decided to slice that tremendously in the weeks leading to shipment. Why? Because it makes sense given the market demands. It's using a homegrown Grid10 operating system, and while it'd be easy to overlook when priced on par with the iPad, it's tough to ignore at $299 (Wi-Fi) and $399 (Wi-Fi + 3G).
Both models are up for pre-order now in the U.S. and U.K., with shipments to begin on October 1. Will you take a chance on a tablet startup given the price adjustment? We're willing to bet quite a few curious technology lovers will answer "yes."