Palm has announced the Foleo laptop-ish-device, which they are pitching as a smartphone enhancer. Interesting turnabout from the days of the original Pilot, which was pitched as a “Connected Organizer” that was dependent on your computer. The Foleo is a computer designed to be dependent on your phone.
I’m adding a reminder alarm (into my Palm TX, naturally) for 3 years from today, to go buy one of these on eBay for $75 and put Linux on it!
Update: Never mind!
Chas Emerick commented on Thu May 31 00:39:32 2007:
This would be mostly moot if only device and mobile OS makers would make getting one’s laptop online through the phone as easy as this Foleo thing does.
The saddest thing about all this is that this is just an eMate with internet access and less functionality. This is totally useless for us geeks, but it might be perfect for the sales guy, executive, etc. What’s old is new (yet) again.
Wow, I’m sounding old now…!
Chris Blow commented on Fri Jun 1 13:07:11 2007:
i don’t get it.
you sync your phone to your foleo to your laptop to your bloglines and then your imap?
or is it the other way around?
Paul commented on Fri Jun 1 13:33:42 2007:
Something like that.
I think “TRASH YOUR LAPTOP” would have been a more straightforward marketing angle for them. How many of these “mobile” businesspeople are lugging around 10 lbs of laptop + accessories just for email, web apps, and little MS Office documents? Those people don’t even like computers. A shot of a smiling woman drop-kicking her Dell Perspiron 12000 into the ocean and then, as she walks away across the strand, pulling out her Foleo like an oversize compact…
Palm, you clearly need my marketing genius. We can still save you.