Well, here it is and it’s probably fair to say it’s not what we expected and probably not what we wanted to see as the next big palm thing. Jeff looks a trifle sheepish in this photo…as if he knows that most of us are going to be extremely disappointed in this new product announcement. It’s had a pretty mixed reception to date.
Shaun at pda247 seems positive..
"Despite the rambling
above my first impressions of the Foleo are very positive. On a
personal note this could be the device I have been wanting for a few
years now and the price is excellent"
User opinion in their forums, at times, is not quite so good though..
What does it do? bigger screen? get a different PDA. Bigger keyboard? Get a wireless one. What else? NOTHING"
"How will this vision fare? Who knows? The important thing is that
something different has been introduced by Palm for the first time in a
VERY long time. The Linux core, the aim to support every brand of
smartphone and the Opera browser throw a wide net, and will certainly
garner some interesting feedback from both the media and from Apple and
From Palm itself…
“With its 10-inch screen and full-size keyboard, the
Palm Foleo mobile companion connects wirelessly with your smartphone to
help you do more on the go. Unfold it, press a button, and it’s on
instantly—while just one touch brings your email to the big screen.1
Use your Foleo to view attachments, type longer emails, or to get a
bigger look at web pages and photos you’d normally view on your
smartphone.2 And with up to five hours of battery life packed into such
a compact design, you’ll do big things wherever you go.”
its big screen and keyboard to type longer emails and see more of
attachments. Connect wirelessly with your smartphone and sync email
with the touch of a button.
Attachments—edit and create Word and
Excel® compatible docs, view PDFs, and deliver PowerPoint®
presentations, all on its stunning 10-inch wide color screen. Plus,
open and view photos you receive from friends and family"
Hmmmm…some of that sounds quite useful. I think it needs to be remembered that this is not being marketed as a stand alone device, it seems to be meant to complement useage of your existing smartphone which will remain your main information manager. I’ve been thinking about the Foleo for a few hours or so now and the more I think about it the more useful I think it would be, particularly it’s features such as quick start up, wireless connection and the ability to continue where it left off. You wouldn’t need to lug it around 24 hours a day. I tend to do most of my heavy duty emailing and document stuff not when I’m out and about but rather when I’m at home and editing docs, catching up on reports for work. This would make this sort of device pretty useful for me then. It would also enable me to look at QWERTY keyboard less devices as more viable options now. It would also save me having to take home my awful windows laptop every 2nd night to do stuff on.
The browsing side of thing sounds very useful…set it up next to your treo at home and surf away on the big screen using the treo’s data connection. What about when you are away on holiday or in a hotel and have no access to the internet? This would be perfect. Yep, it’s got some good stuff going for it. With its email syncing ability it can act as backup facility too. And it’s a mini lap-top that is NOT windows…we should all stand and up and cheer.
I’ve got to say…it looks rather cool and desirable…I like it and in fact, I want it now. Come on Jeff, cheer up..at least you’ve got one customer.