The real CrunchPad is still a fantasy.
This other thing — the JooJoo, a touchscreen tablet that’s going on sale for $500 and will supposedly ship in February — is something else. But it’s certainly not the real CrunchPad.
When TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington first thought up the CrunchPad in July, 2008, he was thinking about “a dead simple Web tablet for $200.” That’s the CrunchPad. That might sell.
So it’s not the CrunchPad (as originally conceived). And no matter what happens in court between its backer Fusion Garage and Arrington, they have failed to fulfil Mike’s original mission to make a “dead simple and dirt cheap touch screen web tablet to surf the Web.”
Will there ever be a “dead simple” Web tablet for $200?
Someday, maybe. But it’s clear that hardware, labour, distribution, and marketing costs won’t make that possible any time soon.