Gizmodo Gets a Look at the JooJoo

Stupid name aside (the Crunchpad was renamed the JooJoo , presumably when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington was dumped from the project), I’ve been curious enough about (what used to be) TechCrunch’s web-tablet to keep a distant eye on it.  It’s gone through quite a few developments and looks fairly snazzy thanks to FusionGarage. 

The JooJoo seems good, from our time with it, but it really needs to be taken home and thoroughly tested with different webapps, watching a lot of HD video and streaming music. At the very least, we’ll see how much of that 5-hour battery life stands up to constant use. You can pre-order it yourself this Friday, but, since there’s some legal troubles on the horizon, you probably want to wait until the whole thing clears up first before putting any money down.

 On the surface, the JooJoo seems like a decent techtoy, but when you realize it’s a computer that can only surf the web, you’ve got to ask yourself, what’s the point?  Especially when you consider Apple is entering the same market with what will probably be an over-sized iPhone very soon, these guys are going to need some magic of their own to make this successful. 

Where would you use this?  While channel surfing? The good intentions are there, but that’s about it.

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