Archive for February 2010

Pre-sales of the JooJoo went up after the iPad announcement

You didn’t read the title wrongly. Pre-sales of the JooJoo went up after the iPad announcement. SERIOUSLY! But not I say one. Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan, CEO of Fusion Garage said that during an interview with SGEntrepreneurs.

Really? Pre-sales of the JooJoo went up after the iPad announcement?

Look, the iPad is not a perfect device. It didn’t live up to the hype generated. There are several shortcomings. There are some things that I think Apple could have done better on the iPad. But having said that, I do not see how the JooJoo would solve those problems better than the iPad.

For a start, the iPad’s battery life is 10hr while the JooJoo has only 5hr. I’m actually surprised that the iPad managed to get such long battery life. I suspect it could be because of the custom A4 processor by Apple. JooJoo, on the other hand, is using a Intel Atom Z530 processor.

In term of pricing, the iPad (lowest end version) and JooJoo both cost the same at $499. The JooJoo has a 12.1 inch screen which is bigger than the 9.7 inch iPad. It also has a camera which the iPad doesn’t. The JooJoo can even play Flash. But do you remember the Creative Zen? In terms of specs, the Creative Zen is better than the Apple iPod. The Zen even cost cheaper than the iPod. But who is the market leader for MP3 player?

In term of user experience, the iPad wins JooJoo hands down. Apple is well known for it’s touchscreen. The JooJoo on the other hand isn’t that responsive when it comes to the touchscreen. We’ve seen during the hands-on video that even typing a short URL seems to be a challenge. Speaking of virtual keyboard, I personally don’t like the iPad’s virtual keyboard. But honestly speaking, the JooJoo’s virtual keyboard is even worst. Well, at least the iPad got a keyboard dock and can connect to a bluetooth keyboard. Does the JooJoo have accessories? Can it connect to a bluetooth keyboard?

And the thing that makes the iPad different from the JooJoo is the developer ecosystem behind the device. We all know that the iPad can run existing iPhone applications. That’s 140,000 apps and growing everyday. And the iPad also comes with iBook which allows users to buy books directly on the device. (Although the service is currently only available in the US) Does JooJoo has any similar service?

How many 3rd party apps does the JooJoo has? How many 3rd party developers sign up for their developer program? Hmmmm… Let me guess. Somewhere between 0 to 10? Maximum 12! Cannot be more than 13. But that is just my wild guess. You never know. I might be wrong. If the pre-sales of JooJoo can go up after the iPad announcement, anything can happen. Maybe they could have millions of developers queuing up for their SDK and wanting to develop for JooJoo.

But wait, even if there are millions of developers wanting to develop applications for JooJoo, they can’t. I quote Chandra’s interview with Venture Beat:

Venture Beat: Will there be JooJoo apps?

Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan: No. Most of the apps in Apple’s store are a reflection of things that are already on the Internet. And now you have to build them twice — once for the iPhone, and once for the much larger, higher resolution iPad screen. Our app store will be the entire Internet, completely open and completely uncompromised.

Honestly, Chandra has no idea the phenomenon behind the iPhone apps store and how it make the iPhone successful. It is so successful that almost all the other mobile OS copied this idea. We all know that webapps is not as good as native apps. Instead of looking into ways that developers can create applications for JooJoo, Chandra decides to downplay something that is clearly successful. OK, maybe he is right. Even if they have their SDK and Apps Store, who will develop for the JooJoo to begin with?

You may think that I’m being an Apple fan boy here. But honestly, I’m not impressed by the iPad. I felt that it could had been better. I’ve been telling everyone that I won’t be getting the iPad. But if someone points a gun at my head and ask me to choose between the iPad or JooJoo, I’ll choose the iPad. Just look at the pictures.

The choice is pretty obvious.

Which is why it really puzzled me when I saw the interview with Chandra. Pre-sales of the JooJoo went up after the iPad announcement? Seriously? Really? Wow, that must be the 8th wonder of the world. Come on! I know you guys are all very skeptical about this. But miracles do happen. You never know, they might find Osama hiding inside the White House tomorrow.

PS: Increase in pre-sale by 1 is not counted hor.

Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Treasury of the World tickets

I have 5 pairs of tickets to the Asian Civilisations Museum Treasury of the World exhibition. The exhibition is from 12 Feb to 27 June 2010.

How to apply:
Just drop me an email me with the title: “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Treasury of the World tickets”. Closing date is this Thursday, 4 Feb 2010, 2359. I will randomly select the winner via the usual method. Refer to the rules for more details.

Thanks to Asian Civilisations Museum for making this giveaway possible.

PS: I almost post the title of this blog entry as “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Treasury of the World”. No, I don’t have the treasury of the world to giveaway. I only got 5 tickets to see the Treasury of the World. Haha.

Asian Civilisations Museum – Treasury of the World

I was invited to have a sneak peak of the upcoming exhibition at Asian Civilisations Museum. Treasury of the World is a stunning collection of 402 exquisite gem stones and other precious objects from the glorious era of Mughal-ruled India. The Mughal Empire dominated the Indian subcontinent for 300 years (1526 – 1858) and were renowned for their lavish lifestyle, love of beauty and vast collection of precious objects.

17th century British ambassador, Thomas Roe, once described Emperor Jahangir as “The treasury of the world”. Emperor Shah Jahan, Jahangir’s son, was considered one of the greatest Mughal emperors. Under his reign, the empire grew significantly and many magnificent monuments, including the Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid and Red Fort, were built.

One of the interesting display is a dagger and scabbard that is thought to have been commissioned and designed by Emperor Jahangir around 1619. It has 1,685 rubies, 271 unpolished diamonds, 62 emeralds, 321 pieces of transparent emerald-green glass, 39 pieces of blue glass, 9 pieces of ivory and 6 layered agates. That’s a total of 2,393 stones, plus another 26 which are now missing. I wonder where did the 26 go. The rubies form a pattern of birds and flowers. I don’t mind if someone kill me with that.

Another interesting treasure is a bracelet set with rubies, diamonds and chrysoberyl cat’s eye. Bangles that terminate in confronting animal heads were popular in Indian jewellery design. This bangle is adorned with enamelled tiger heads. The exterior is gem-set with rubies and diamonds. It kinda looks like the tigers are kissing. Interesting huh? As you all know, this is the year of the Tiger and Chinese New Year happens to fall on Valentine’s Day.

All images are courtesy of The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait. I didn’t get to see the exhibit yet. As I’m writing, the staff at ACM are busy unpacking them. But I’ll definitely visit ACM when the exhibition is ready.

The Treasury of the World will be on display at Asian Civilisations Museum from 12 February to 27 June 2010. Tickets at $8 and $4 for adults and concession respectively. Check out ACM website for more info.