If Palm was hoping its new Foleo device would revive the company’s fortunes, it’s got some work to do to win over the industry analysts. Gartner has come out with its verdict on the pseudo-laptop, and it ain’t exactly gushing.
“The Foleo is too large for many smartphone users to consider carrying around as a limited-function accessory that requires a separate carrying case,” writes Gartner’s Todd Kort in a research note. “Gartner believes that this unwieldiness will severely limit Foleo adoption by smartphone users, who place a premium on ‘pocketability’ and attractive design.”
Instead, Gartner reckons Palm should reposition the Foleo as a low-end Linux laptop, and add features like VoIP and instant messaging.