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Created by Singapore's very own home grown tech company, Fusion Garage, the JooJoo showed a lot of promise but ultimately died. It was supposedly able to play HD video but stuttered along; it limped on a weak battery and the Atom powered 12.1 inch tablet was simply underpowered to do anything but surf the web. It's a cloud-computing product that's either too ahead of its time or ill-conceived.
I don't know if any of Apple's rivals were taking notes when the iPad broke into and virtually dismantled the netbook and tablet market when they first launched in April 2010; Here's a list of features that upstarts and early adopters should take note off if they want to challenge the Cupertino fruit company's dominance.
Though it's not touted as a laptop or netbook replacement, the facts are that users are using these devices to clear emails and create documents in addition to using as a media consumption tool. For many mobile warriors, journalists and bloggers, a full feature (term used loosely) iPad goes a long way. Due to security and copy right restrictions, any images and photos in your iPad directory cannot be accessed by other apps (say wordpress or quick office) and this hampers many power iPad users. Though the iPad is powerful enough to handle basic presentation tasks, you couldn't actually create one because you couldn't use any of the JPGs transfered from your desktop via iTunes. That's a big minus.
In terms of technical spec design, the Cupertino fruit company has time and again proven itself equal parts marketing savvy and tech innovator. It's an open secret that Apple usually releases products missing a few key features that can only be found after repeated blogosphere outcry or available only in the next version of the product. The proof is in the pudding when Apple's rivals produce incredibly feature rich products (they sometimes come with a USB port) only to have consumers spending on Apple products. Truth is, Apple isn't just for fan boys, a show of hands how many PC desktop jockeys (myself included. I game) use iPods, iPhones and iPads? I rest my case.
Apple makes it's own chips, components and software. When you're dealing with a Cupertino company that is so firmly (and some say perfectly) integrated in terms of it's product design and innovation, any company that depends on external vendors are going to face challenges when it comes to proper implementation of their vision.
“Our potential competitors are having a tough time coming close to iPad’s pricing even with their far smaller, far less expensive screens. The iPad incorporates everything we’ve learned about building high value products from iPhones, iPods and Macs. We create our own A4 chip, our own software, our own battery chemistry, our own enclosure, our own everything, and this results in an incredible product at a great price. The proof of this will be in the pricing of our competitors’ products which will likely offer less for more.” - Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and founder
The only way the iPad could get simpler to use.