Tech.co.uk: Analyst Gartner has hit out at the new Palm Foleo , saying it’s “too large for many smartphone users to consider carrying around”.
The report into the new device says it is “a limited-function accessory that requires a separate carrying case”. It continues to state: “Gartner believes that this unwieldiness will severely limit Foleo adoption by smartphone users, who place a premium on ‘pocketability’ and attractive design.”
Palm has previously stated the Foleo is to be marketed as a “mobile companion”. The company believes it is an adequate replacement for a more expensive full-blown notebook. The Linux-based Foleo is able to read and write to Microsoft Office documents and boasts a battery life of five hours.
Gartner says the device has “limited functionality”. It gives Palm plenty of food for thought:
“We believe there is a small but growing segment of the market that would welcome a low-cost device with a full keyboard and good display that is capable of roughly 75 per cent of what most notebook computers are used for. But the Foleo’s functionality falls short of this.”