Jun 3rd, 2007
Here at Cedar Mill Communications we are big users of smartphones. We love being able to get email and do Google searches while on the road. Of course we also have laptops and desktop computers to go with our high-speed fiber-optic connections.
It’s safe to say that we’re wired in pretty much any where we go and at any time. For real work, we use the laptops. But the BlackBerry and Palm Treo are great for checking email on the go. So from a mobile computing standpoint, I feel like we’re set.
That’s why the new Palm Foleo is such a head scratcher. If we’re at all typical, and I think we are, I don’t see why I would ever need or want a smart phone companion device like this. It’s not a laptop and it’s not a smart phone; it’s a tweener. And we all know what happens to tweener products — they don’t last very long.
Palm, if the lights are still on, get your act together and build a truly great smart phone. I just switched to a BlackBerry 8830 from a Palm Treo, and make no mistake, the BlackBerry is better in the areas I care about the most, such as sound quality, stability and responsiveness. But I do kind of miss some things about the Treo, and it’s a shame to see a company that once made some pretty darn good products get so sideways.