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  • Palm Foleo…are you kidding me?

    Posted on May 30th, 2007 Shawn No comments

    Well, I will be honest. I have been a full-time Palm user only since 2005, when I got a Treo 650. Prior to that, I had bought Palm Z and V models for gifts, and was fortunate enough to be “tech support” on them. I waited until a good PDA/cell phone device came out before I made the leap. Ever since getting my 650, I have been in love with the Palm OS and all that it offers. The Treo 700p came out and I really wanted it, but could see spending $300 – $600 for something out of contract, which only offered EVDO and a bit more RAM as upgrades. The 755p is out, and I love the form factor….but miniSD isn’t for me. So what’s next, maybe the new Palm devices with Linux. Ohh I can’t wait.

    Then comes….

    …the Palm Foleo. I learned the details late today, since I had no internet connection till late in the day. The Palm Foleo is….well, it’s…..how do I say this kindly??? It’s a for mans version of a laptop. Small and lightwieght (like the small Sony VAIO or Dell Latitude). Has WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0 like any laptop I have used in the past 3 years. Has a screen (but not touch sensitive), has a full-size keyboard. Runs a form of Linux, and some Palm specific apps. Has no CD drive, uses SD cards instead. Has a small processor and small amounts of RAM.

    WHAT THE @#%$ IS GOING ON??? Where is the new device? I already connect my Treo via bluetooth to my Sony VAIO laptop. It runs wonderfully like that, and I have all the Windows apps that I’d expect running with lot’s of RAM, a huge hard drive, and all that goes with a typical laptop. Why, please tell me why would I ever want the Palm Foleo? I travel for work….a lot, and everywhere I go, I have my Treo 650 and my Sony VAIO. What value add does the Foleo bring me? Yippee, now I can carry two laptops in my backpack, not just one.

    Call me naive, but I don’t get it. I really want to ‘get it’, but I don’t. I want to drool over this new Palm device, but I can’t. Someone help me answer these questions. Why did Palm really build this device? Who did they build this device for?

    You know what really did make me drool today? The Microsoft Surface. Ohh….there’s no reason I’d buy one, but wow…..that’s wicked cool!

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