Analyst on Palm’s Foleo: “Worst. Product. EVER.”

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Palm FoleoI was refraining from giving Palm’s recently-released Foleo even the slightest nod of recognition, but after hearing Todd Kort of Gartner research say “This is the most disappointing product I’ve seen in years”, you can’t help but laugh. The Foleo is Palm’s newest launch, which piggybacks on the Treo to offer mock-laptop document management and web viewing. Seriously, Palm, if people are going to lug around a full screen and keyboard, they might as well just have their computer and save themselves the hassle of handling two devices.

As is, the Foleo will work with Windows Mobile devices, but there’s some talk about future compatibility with BlackBerry. If that were to happen, who here is willing to pay $499 for a portable monitor and keyboard that syncs up to your device? Let’s say it was even super-light, ultra-skinny, and booted up instantly. Even then, do users actually need a 10″ screen and full QWERTY keyboard on the go that badly, and if so, is your laptop that much less of an appealing option? I’m really curious to see the dimension specs on this thing, because if it’s microscopically thin and the price gets knocked down a few hundred bucks, then I could maybe see it selling. One thing’s for sure, the long-term hype was vastly unjustified.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ Blackberry Cool

    It’s interesting, because it seems that Palm’s kind of waving the white flag on the smartphone market, in the hopes that they can make some ground in the converged/PDA/mobile computing space. Which is a weird crazy space that might not exist. In fact, I just made it up.

    Or rather, Palm did.

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com Blackberry Cool

    It’s interesting, because it seems that Palm’s kind of waving the white flag on the smartphone market, in the hopes that they can make some ground in the converged/PDA/mobile computing space. Which is a weird crazy space that might not exist. In fact, I just made it up.

    Or rather, Palm did.

  • Todd Kort

    The folks at Palm were not pleased with my comments regarding the Foleo and made their displeasure known to my superiors at Gartner.  My 7+ years employment at Gartner was terminated a week after this article was published.  So much for allowing analysts to state their professional opinion.  

    This product was never shipped because, as I anticipated and Palm eventually realized,  it was doomed to failure.   Todd KortFormer Gartner Principal Analyst