Engadget, Palm Phones and the Palm Foleo

Palm Foleo A few days ago, Engadget posted an open letter to Palm about the design of their phones as well as their Operating System, and including a bit about the Palm Foleo:

Stop wasting money on the Foleo – We all know this isn’t going anywhere. And even if it does do alright — and let’s be real, it’s never going to do better than alright — it’s really just a distraction from the main business you’re already neglecting. Besides, how many Treo companions do you expect to sell if the Treo itself isn’t up to snuff? The Foleo is not the way to make the core product better.

Palm has responded:

Ok, so we totally weren’t expecting this one, but Palm’s CEO Ed Colligan publicly responded to our open letter to Palm. He’s brief, but he cuts to the quick: “I forwarded it to our entire executive staff and many others at Palm have read it. …We are attacking almost every challenge you noted, so stay tuned.”

This should get very interesting. A lot of people have criticized the Palm Foleo for various reasons (overpriced, underperforming, “crippled”, etc.) and I’ve wondered where it fit in exactly in regards to UMPCs, etc. (and let’s face it, the Asus Eee PC is more appealing in certain ways).

Hopefully they will address this.

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