After Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL
) unveiled the iPad at the beginning of the year, many tech companies promised to release their own versions of the touchscreen tablet
. Nearly a year later, only a handful of tablets have been released, while the iPad has gone on to become arguably the biggest success story of this year, selling some 7.5 million
So what happened to all those supposed competitors? For some like the Notion Ink Adam
, the release date has been perpetually pushed back, which means we may still see some new entries by early next year. But others like the JooJoo tablet simply could not compete.
The JooJoo, a product of Fusion Garage
, earned a significant amount of media attention before hitting the shelves this year, though much of that coverage stemmed from a lawsuit filed by a major technology blog. By the time the product was actually released, it proved to be a complete dud. Just 90 people
pre-ordered the device, and 15 of those reportedly cancelled their order. The tablet was eventually discontinued
in November, though the company plans to release a similar device sometime next year.
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