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The CrunchPad, that web tablet that Techcrunch is working to get released, has appeared being unboxed on video. It’s covered in fingerprints, so it’s not exactly a real, new tablet, but it’s the first look we’ve seen yet in a more or less real setting. It […]

The CrunchPad, that web tablet that Techcrunch is working to get released, has appeared being unboxed on video. It’s covered in fingerprints, so it’s not exactly a real, new tablet, but it’s the first look we’ve seen yet in a more or less real setting. It appears fairly thick and, thus, heavy — but until we get one in our own hands, we can’t say much else. Take a look, and see how it looks to be getting closer to reality. Love the Bing sticker on the back — looks like they already have a sponsorship deal in place.

UPDATE: Techcrunch says the video taken at its own party was posted without its permission, and it has been removed from YouTube. The guy showing the CrunchPad in the video is none other than the CEO of Techcrunch’s partner, Fusion Garage. Sounds a bit wonky to me. I guess they can do it to others but don’t like it themselves.

(Crunchpad Fans via Trooper)

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  1. I’m not sure why anyone would buy that thing, for realz.

  2. Arrington’s a funny guy. He pans the Pre’s launch weekend of 50,000 moved units claiming it’s a poor performance. Yet, dropping $200 and signing up for two years of service is not trivial. Palm isn’t Apple (and Sprint is Sprint). Any CE device that moves 50,000 units at launch is off to a great start. Will be interesting to see how much the CrunchPad ends up selling for and how many they sell that first weekend.

    1. And if TC/Arrington does have a sponsorship deal, they should probably disclose it given the web tech they cover. Related, odd that they hosted Scoble’s launch party. There are no lines anymore it appears. I’m about ready to refuse all loaner/review gear to ensure folks get an accurate, unbiased portrayal of devices.

    2. Dave, is it the appearance of an unbiased review you are concerned about or do you not believe you can be unbiased with a loaned review unit? I don’t find myself biased at all on reviews I do of evaluation units. I believe my professionalism is not compromised.

    3. Appearance… as perception is reality.

  3. Depending on the price I might get a SmartQ7 instead of the crunchpad.

  4. this is old video. the newest prototype is much slicker – http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/03/crunchpad-the-launch-prototype/

  5. Well, it’s a new video, but I believe of the previous prototype:
    http://www.cloudave.com/link/are-the-gizmo-blogs-fooled-by-old-crunchpad-prototype

  6. They don’t have asponsership deal, Bing just sent them a shitload of stickers and they put it on everything in the office.
    There is a picture of that exact unit in their giveaway of the stickets last week

  7. Jonathan Cohen Monday, June 15, 2009

    What about this one for $189 USD?

    http://www.eletroworld.cn/nb/SmartQ_7.htm

    I hear the distro’s not great, but surely that can be worked on…

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