Popular Mechanics Calls Foleo Biggest Tech Flop of '07
The end of the year brings about the usual "best of" and "worst of" lists. Venerable print publication Popular Mechanics has chimed in with an unlikely show of support for the now-cancelled Palm Foleo Mobile Companion amidst the potentially misleading title of "The Worst Gadget of 2007".
The Foleo sits atop Popular Mechanics' list of flops, beating out the underwhelming Apple TV, not because of any inherent limitations or design weaknesses. Instead, Popular Mechanics claims that the Foleo was a victim of the intense scrutiny and criticism from the online blogging community. This sentiment is in direct contrast to our earlier piece on the Wall Street Journal article that reports Jon Rubinstein and a small team of executives reviewed Palm's product strategy back in the summer and made the decision to cancel the Foleo before it hit the market.
Overall, the Popular Mechanics article, written by Erik Sofge, mostly offers praise for the Foleo’s lightweight design and long battery life. The staff at Popular Mechanics actually appears to have had a good bit of hands-on time using a Foleo evaluation unit. Mr. Sofge even overlooks the device’s main shortcomings such as its lack of YouTube video capability and its lackluster feature set when compared to similar competitors such as the Asus Eee PC, even concluding with the consensus by the PM staff that the "Foleo deserved better".