The epic of the JooJoo Tablet continues on, and prospects for the users that have already pre-ordered it are somewhat disappointing. Fusion Garage had planned on having the JooJoo Tablet shipped by March 29th. That date has passed, and customers have yet to hear or see their beloved internet slates. Instead, Fusion Garage says they were stuck in Los Angeles and hope that by April 1st the first batch will reach its respective owners. However, the more likely date is April 2nd, and this comes after months of delays in this whole crazy saga of CrunchPad to JooJoo Tablet.
Late pre-order deliveries, however, appear only to be Fusion Garage’s last issue. The number of pre-orders from February 11 are dismal in number. So far there have only been 90. At this rate, the JooJoo Tablet will be lucky to become a collector’s item. And Fusion Garage announced it has made a break from its original merchant, PayPal, for some other more traditional route. They seem to be suffering from major issues, and all of this may very well kill any prospect for the JooJoo Tablet to become the Linux device that goes mainstream.
Fusion Garage appears to have made a mistake when it earlier announced its plan for the JooJoo Tablet to be shipped by the end of February. With only 2 days left in the month, they have pushed back shipments a whole month back to March 25. Here’s the full release:
“Earlier this month, Fusion Garage’s JooJoo Internet tablet went into full production with an anticipated on-time delivery to consumers at the end of February. Last week, the company became aware of a manufacturing issue involving JooJoo’s industry-first 12.1 inch capacitive touch screen which Fusion Garage was quickly able to diagnose and rectify. The company now forecasts the JooJoo will be sent to consumers on March 25.
The manufacturing issue centers on fine tuning the touch sensitivity of the capacitive screen. Fusion Garage will be providing all pre-order customers with a free JooJoo accessory to compensate for the delay in the delivery of their JooJoo.”
It must be highly awkward when your main (and possibly only selling point) is holding you back from delivering your product. Given all the other problems surrounding the CrunchPad-turned-JooJoo, you can’t help but wonder if Michael Arrington is sitting at home smirking.