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Hyped Jorno keyboard/stand killed before delivery

Cervantes Mobile’s widely-touted Jorno folding Bluetooth keyboard and stand has died without having ever shipped, iLounge has learned. We were contacted by a reader who placed a pre-order for the Jorno following its introduction in late 2010, and was subsequently told that the product wouldn’t actually ship until March 31, 2012. After that date came and went without any word from the company, the reader then received an email from Cervantes Mobile, explaining that the Jorno was being cancelled due to lack of funding, and that the company was “re-launching our business” around an alternative keyboard—the Nomad—a less deluxe design that’s it’s now selling for the same price as the Jorno.

As pointed out by our reader, the Nomad Mobile store is selling this keyboard, alongside an iPad stand called “the Base Cradle.” While the keyboard is inoffensively designed, the Base Cradle is a clone of the excellent Compass stand, unauthorized by developer Twelve South. Interestingly, the lone comment on our September 2010 story covering the Jorno turned out to be prescient: “I’ll keep my eye on this, but they won’t be getting my money until they actually deliver both a product and on the promise of the product.” Cervantes Mobile has yet to update the Jorno website to indicate that the product is no longer expected to launch; indeed, it still states that the Jorno will be “Available March 31, 2012.” (Thanks, Jason!)

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Comments

1

The keyboard also looks to be the same generic Freedom Bluetooth keyboard that has been around for ages.

The Jorno looked promising, but it’s been obvious for a while that it’s complete vaporware.

Posted by Joe on April 3, 2012 at 3:15 PM (CDT)

2

You may want to mention as well that the Nomad has a 4-6 week lead time because it’s on back order.  You would think they would have had a stock of these ready to go once they cancelled Jorno.  No confidence in these guys at all now I’m afraid.

Posted by Keith on April 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM (CDT)

3

14 days and counting, and I have not received a refund of my preorder fee.  People should run away from these guys.

Posted by joe on April 5, 2012 at 12:57 PM (CDT)

4

D*mn! I was waiting for this and wondered what happened after the end of March.

Posted by exNewt on April 5, 2012 at 1:48 PM (CDT)

5

This was so long ago that I forgot what my pre-order fee was.  Does anyone remember?

Posted by Dan on April 9, 2012 at 11:56 AM (CDT)

6

my preorder fee was only $5.00

Posted by Gillian on April 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM (CDT)

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