Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Palm Foleo: too little, too late


Palm, the company that pioneered PDAs and then languished for years before sort of coming back with the Treo, seems to want to plant one foot firmly back into the grave. The company has just announced the Foleo, a quasi-laptop that works in concert with your smartphone and costs $500.

In a word…WTF? Why spend $500 on this odd bit of kit (after doling out a presumed $250 or so on a Treo) when in a few weeks you could get an iPhone for close to the same price? I have a feeling this product will be completely forgotten within the year, only to be resurrected in “Tech Disasters” columns years from now.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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