I… hmm. Let’s see. I’ve written about that whole “no operating system” technicality before, so I’ll leave that alone for now. But… how should I put this? I should be nice. The Fusion Garage guy seems like a nice guy.
I have absolutely no idea how they’re going to convince anyone beyond a handful of hardcore geeks to buy this.
It looks like they’ve taken the idea and executed fairly well on it, although it’s too early to really know. But that doesn’t really matter.
This type of product has been tried before, and it has never succeeded. I disagree with Fusion Garage’s premise that this fills the gap between an iPhone and a “full” computer. Yeah, it could serve that role, but small, inexpensive laptops (and yes, even netbooks) fill it a lot better, often for a lot less money.
Assuming this is necessary is a Bill Gates fallacy: assuming that the general public has the same demands and priorities as geeks like us.
Most people are happy to have one computer and one phone. The computer is likely to be a laptop, and that laptop is likely to be inexpensive and in the 13-inch size class. There’s no room in this picture for another $500 device that won’t fit in anyone’s pocket or purse and won’t provide any functionality that the laptop doesn’t.
It’s the same problem netbooks have, but the JooJoo does even less, for more money.