JooJoo Review Reveals 2.5hr Battery Life. Move along please!

Posted on 06 April 2010, Last updated on 10 June 2018 by

It’s finally happened. The JooJoo gets an Engadget review and there’s really not much to say; because the JooJoo doesn’t do much. It’s a big browsing pad with very few alternative usage models or software. 1.2KG is, as expected, way too heavy for a single hand usage (pretty dumb when you consider that you’re going to need one hand to use the one screen keyboard) and again, as expected, has a complete roadblock/showstopper of a battery life. 2.5hrs


Trust me, when, after 15 minutes use, you start to see 1hr-something on the battery meter, it’s a horrible feeling.

Using a (old) netbook platform was never the best design decision because it’s just not small/powerful/light/efficient enough. The Intel Menlow platform would have been better.

Engadget wraps up with this:

There are just so many things we wish Fusion Garage did differently with the JooJoo. Even putting aside the fact that Apple’s $499 iPad brings more to the table than just web browsing, the JooJoo is less portable, has a worse (if larger) screen, is unintuitive to use, and ships with half-baked software. We commend the start-up on its nice piece of hardware design, but until the software is given some much-needed love and the price is seriously reevaluated we simply cannot recommend this tablet.

I’ll wrap up with this:

If you want to mess around with a tablet for web browsing, look at the Archos 7 Home Tablet that is due to launch very soon. It’s cheap (under $200) , runs a version of Android and does a lot more than the JooJoo. It won’t be as ‘big’ and fast as a JooJoo but it will allow you to check out some casual (and mobile) tablet action without having to commit to a $500, 1.2KG table-top device. Other alternatives can be found here:

Engadget JooJoo review.

3 Comments For This Post

  1. Tom says:

    Apart from maybe the iPad, I don’t see any of these new and upcoming tablets succeeding in the marketplace. Why? It boils down to form factor and battery life. 1.2 kg (almost 3 lb!) is friggin’ heavy — the thought of it alone makes me not want to pick it up, much less bring it along with me wherever I go and using it for a prolonged period of time. For me personally, the practical weight threshold for a tablet is 1 lb (~454 g). Even the iPad is a bit heavy, but hey it’s Apple, they can get away with certain things. And if an instant-on tablet is to be carried along with you, it’s gotta last through one full work day (at least 8 hours). THe JooJoo and others like it fail both the form factor and battery life tests. Bottom line: if a ubiquitous computing device, which I see the next-gen tablets aspiring to be, is heavier than a pound and lasts less than 8 hours, it’s going to fail. The best they can hope for is to be relegated to a niche market.

  2. Toby says:

    The real question is, can it be booted from usb? That depends on the bios- There are pics around the net of vista running on the JooJoo. If Fusion garage have this functionality built into the bios they are on a win with this in the core pc community

    I dont think the 1.2kg weight is an issue, seriously manup

    “the Fusion Garage JooJoo tablet can be opened by removing 10 screws. While the iPad’s CPU and RAM are on a single chip, you can upgrade the JooJoo’s RAM yourself. And there’s an extra mini PCI-E slot, which could make this tablet a much better option for hackers and tinkerers.”

    The joojoos Atom processor runs at 1.6ghz AND also comes with a Nvidia Ion chip to run HD@720dpi upscaled to 1366*768 (one of the few tablets that do this for $500)

    An upgrade from the tiny 4gb ssd to a 32 gb ssd should be around $100. I see great potential for the JooJoo in the pc community that for its price really packs a hardware punch.

  3. episodewatcher says:

    good morning, awesome blog.

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