JooJoo Fails to Impress in Its First In-Depth Review

Engadget has posted a detailed review of the infamous JooJoo Internet Tablet by Fusion Garage. Unfortunately, for anyone interested in the device, it turns out its in-house created OS lacks the polish and stability folks were hoping for. In fact, the list of gripes — most of which can be fixed with future software updates — is long and troublesome. It seems that the only positive points it received were for its hardware, slick design, fast page loads over Wi-Fi, and 7 second boot-up time. Negatives that stood out: oddly placed ambient light sensor, lack of hardware accelerated Flash (coming soon), a counterintuitive touch interface, and a battery life that ranged from 2.5 to 5 hours depending on how much video content was consumed.

Now, would I recommend this product after reading the review? In its current state, NO. However, the JooJoo hardware-wise still has the goods. I like that it offers a 12-inch capacitive touch display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.6Ghz N270 Atom processor, ION graphics, and an empty internal mini PCIe slot that users can add additional storage to. Personally, I think the only thing that can save the device from falling into obscurity is if JooJoo opens up the platform by providing any necessary drivers to the Linux and Windows community so they install the OS of their choice — though that may not be as easy as people might have thought since the single USB port it does have, according to Engadget, is for charging the device only. While the in-house created OS looks nice, it’s at an Alpha level at best — and anything Alpha in the consumer market for an extended period of time, as everyone knows, is destined to fail.

Hey, Fusion Garage…. You may want to get a vanilla version of Android running on JooJoo ASAP, if you plan on staying in the game in any meaningful way.

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