JooJoo takes a month off, gets its groove back
In the last chapter in the JooJoo/Crunchpad saga, the JooJoo needed to take a break. It wasn’t you, it was them. They needed to enlist in a period of self-discovery (and fix their capacitive touchscreen problems) so they pushed back their launch date by a month. Well now it looks like Fusion Garage — makers of the JooJoo — has put that time to good use and come back with a new look and better features.
To start, the JooJoo now has an interface that you can look at. Gone is the random solid color screen and tiled interface. It has been replaced by a full screen image, left menu and icon column that makes the screen look oh so much better. Gone is the pinch gesture dedicated to backing out of applications. Now it’s a much more intuitive swipe down that displays a menu with home, navigation controls, status and URL/search function (similar to Android). They’ve also added gestures including scroll wheel using two fingers and single-finger pan control.
In addition to revising the onscreen keyboard (it now has smaller keyboard that you can position for one hand typing and the full screen keyboard supports multiple touch input) Flash is now fully up and running. YouTube runs smooth and quick and, although you can still use it, doesn’t require the H.264 player the JooJoo used in the past to play video files. They’ve also changed the case color from the classic black to a champagne brown.
While these changes may not be enough to breath life into the already delayed and litigated device, they’re certainly improvements that we’re happy to see. The main question will be exactly how well the cloud computing concept of the JooJoo stands up to MID capability of the basic iPad model. Will anyone take a chance on it and see?
Update: The FCC just published their overview of the JooJoo and the news isn’t so great. It will be powered by an Intel Atom N270 processor. That means a not-so-good battery life between 2 to 3.5 hours. That’s not a time frame you want to hear considering this is supposed to be a mobile tablet.