CrunchPad Is No More But JooJoo Takes Its Place

CrunchPad Is No More But JooJoo Takes Its Place

Range Govindan
Dec 9, 2009

The tech world has been abuzz in the last week or so, ever since it was announced on TechCrunch that the CrunchPad was dead in the water. The JooJoo takes its place. But what the heck is it?

What is the JooJoo exactly? It's a thin tablet PC, that is perfect to use pretty much anywhere in your home and around town. In our minds, these new tablet PCs allow you to surf, to access apps, and to read ebooks. It's a bigger version of an iPhone, and will be great to consume media. We've been fans of the Kindle and the new ebook readers, but having a color touchscreen is just so much better.

This device would be perfect to have in the kitchen, to check out recipes, or in the living room, to just check schedules or news quickly, without having to boot up your laptop or computer. The great thing about the JooJoo is that it boots in 9 seconds. That's pretty quick. Smartphones are great, but sometimes, you just need something bigger, just to surf the net to find some information. It's got a 12.1-inch screen with 1366 × 768 resolution, a 5-hour battery life, and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It hasn't got an Ethernet port, but one USB port, one power input, as well as your normal audio jacks.

Here are some great ideas on how to use such a device:

  • It's perfect to use as a browser in the kitchen to check up on recipes while cooking

  • Great to check the news on sports while watching the game

  • Quickly check out Wikipedia on any information

  • Use it while outside gardening

  • We think that it's a great companion to any home theater

The device has its limits though. It can stream 1080p YouTube HD videos, but it won't be able to save any information onto its 4GB HD. Sounds a bit strange to us. It would have made more sense to have some kind of storage, even if it was only 32 or 64 GB. It's available for pre-order this Friday for $500 and will be delivered in 8 to 10 weeks.

[1st photo via Wired]

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