Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Sep 2011 22:22 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Remember Fusion Garage, the company behind the JooJoo? That thing kind of went absolutely nowhere, but the company is back with another product - well, two products to be exact, or three if you want to get pedantic (and I'm nothing if not, you know, that). The Grid10 is a tablet, Grid4 a smartphone, and GridOS the operating system. It all looks pretty awesome, and is supposed to come out October 1. The Grid10 for a mere $299, and JooJoo owners will get one for free.
Order by: Score:
JokeyRhyme
Member since:
2010-05-28

I doubt this will be a success in its current form. The tablet/phone space already has too many gigantic companies with no space for the little guys.

However, there is some hope that these ideas will survive by being integrated into Android or Windows Phone. Maybe Google or Microsoft will buy these guys.

It's important that people keep trying to innovate, but pushing these features out as an update to an already-mass-market product is the key to success in such a cut-throat space.

Reply Score: 1

some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

Well, it runs Android apps, which should make it an option for a lot of people looking for phone or a tablet. Not cooperating with Google and not getting standard apps does not seem clever, though.

Reply Score: 1

Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I'm not sure anyone would be able to buy them out. According to Arrington, they have a pretty messy ownership arrangement. And there is the joo joo/chrunchpad fiasco. I think that whole lawsuit may be in the courts still. If a major player were to buy Fusion, they'd be buying the risk of the judgment from that.

http://techcrunch.com/2009/11/30/crunchpad-end/

Reply Score: 3

map?
by kristoph on Tue 13th Sep 2011 00:08 UTC
kristoph
Member since:
2006-01-01

Any OS shell that requires a 'map' to navigate is implicitly too complex.

Reply Score: 3

RE: map?
by sagum on Tue 13th Sep 2011 01:35 UTC in reply to "map?"
sagum Member since:
2006-01-23

agreed. why would we want to have to go and search for the apps we want when there are otherways that let us find out app quicker and with less frustration?

Reply Score: 1

RE: map?
by Neolander on Tue 13th Sep 2011 05:47 UTC in reply to "map?"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

+1. Sometimes, designers should listen to their subconscious when it tries to patch ergonomic flaws.

Reply Score: 1

Farnsworth Paradox
by REM2000 on Tue 13th Sep 2011 06:44 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

Sorry completely off topic but as soon as i read JooJoo i immediately thought of Prof Farnsworth from Futurama looking for his gargoyle zoo zoo. ;)

On the topic of the device i think they make be able to pull it off by leveraging the Android platform, although i do agree with the review it has a hint of Windows Phone 7 about the design.

Reply Score: 3

3d graphics battery life?
by timalot on Tue 13th Sep 2011 07:10 UTC
timalot
Member since:
2006-07-17

I wonder if every part of the OS extensively uses 3d graphics whether that battery life will suffer?

Reply Score: 1

Comment by lameass
by lameass on Tue 13th Sep 2011 10:07 UTC
lameass
Member since:
2011-05-18

"(and I'm nothing if not, you know, that)."

But we don't care about Thom Holwerda.

We want OS news.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Comment by lameass
by ricegf on Tue 13th Sep 2011 10:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by lameass"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

"We"? Speak for yourself, dude. OSNews is a blog, and Thom's personality is part of what makes it a daily visit for me. Yeah, I like the news, too. :-)

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by lameass
by Soulbender on Tue 13th Sep 2011 15:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by lameass"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Funny how fitting your nickname is.

Reply Score: 3

Is it just me
by Earl C Pottinger on Tue 13th Sep 2011 12:25 UTC
Earl C Pottinger
Member since:
2008-07-12

Or did he miss the point that HP's machine sold out when it was $99 a unit? If it was $150 it probably would had sold as fast and at $200 it may had slowed down to taking two weeks to a month to sell out.

However, $299 is still not cheap. Yes, it is cheap compared to an Ipad. But my Toshiba netbook costed the same, lasted 10 hours on batteries, offered not only a keyboard, webcam and sound/mic jacks but also three(3) USB ports to plug in an external keyboard, mice and an external drive at the same time. It even included a SD card slot.

Yes, tablets are not notebooks but the price of this one is high enough to get people to stop and compare devices first. Don't forget there are lots of other tablets already available in this price range. So either they get a small share of the market or they need to hire the same people who do Apple's marketing.

Apple has taken most of the people with money to spare in their pockets, the JooJoo past has killed the early geek adopter market who will pay higher prices to be first, and HP has shown there are lots of others out there with less money in their pocket who are willing to buy cheaper models.

If they can drop the price to $199.99 I am sure they will have a winner.

Edited 2011-09-13 12:28 UTC

Reply Score: 2

RE: Is it just me
by gan17 on Tue 13th Sep 2011 14:26 UTC in reply to "Is it just me"
gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Agreed. Still priced too high. Then again, I think all the current tablets are quite a bit overpriced....

It seems they actually wanted to sell the Grid10 at $399 initially.
http://liliputing.com/2011/09/fusion-garage-grid-10-tablet-price-dr...

Reply Score: 1

I'm blown away
by vodoomoth on Sat 17th Sep 2011 08:37 UTC
vodoomoth
Member since:
2010-03-30

I've read all comments and I think some are rather harsh when it comes to the UI. I am not into tablets and don't intend to ever buy one. But I'm wondering, have people set their expectations so high that they can't enjoy new things? People, lighten up and lose some of that jadedness.

Anyway, I am really blown away by this interface. The UI is not only new. It is innovative in my book and it seems polished. I'll probably borrow a bunch of ideas from that video.

A few awkward lags in the tablet's reaction to some moves, though.

Reply Score: 2