The first Foleo interview is with Dmitry Grinberg from palmpowerups.com. Dmitry is known to be an all-or-nothing man who gets straight down to the point – and here’s what he thinks about the Foleo(unedited):
Please tell us more about yourself and your company!
Same as always palmpowerups.com
What did you expect Palm to release? What were your initial impressions of the Foleo?
I expected them to release some underpowered product with zero market and no potential, as they have been doing for a while now. They did not disappoint me. I honestly see no reason fr this product. First we say that smart phone removes the need for the Pc and its the only device we need, and them we do a full 180 degree turn and declare that it cannot replace the PC and create a underpowered laptop wannabe to go with it. Treo + Foleo = $1200 or so, now check out HP Pavilion tx1000z series. 200 dollars CHEAPER, marginally larger, and sporting same the battery life, but a Core 2 duo processor. And guess what? It can run linux too. For the saved 200 you can get yourself an EVDO expresscard. Add voip and a bluetooth headset and you’re set.
What do you think about the device now that the news is out for a few days?
And THIS took years to develop? I am still hoping someone at palm looked at the wrong calendar sheet and this is all a mistimed april-fools joke.
Do you plan to produce products or provide services for the Foleo?
If the price is lowered to a point where i will consider buying it (100-200) and it is reasonably open (not locked down like linux in TiVo, for example) then i might.
Do you think that the Foleo will sell well? Will it get a successor?
Anything sells. There are always people who do not research before buying whatever is being marketed at them. That being said I do not expect it to be a big success like the Original Zire or the T|T3 was. The successor to is all already being produced by HP, Dell, Lenovo, and such… We call them laptops…
The Foleo looks very much like a subnotebook/UMPC mixture. How will it fare against UMPCs?
Same way a bicycle fares against a Ferrari.
The Foleo was hyped almost as much as Apple’s iPhone. Which of the boxen deserves the hype more?
Honestly neither. Neither introduces anything revolutionary to the market. However iPhone will sell like crazy, whereas Foleo will not. Why?
Apple has a name. Apple products are “the cool thing” and their ads are effective and target the right market. Palm, apparently, does not even know that their market is.
Would you prefer Palm to open the Foleo platform to other hardware developers?
If they do, the responses from those developers will hardly be more then some yawns…
How will the Foleo affect the Palm OS economy and the PDA/smartphone market in general?
The WHAT economy? Oh, you mean that company that once produced good PDAs and bad phones? Well it already shot itself in the foot by not producing PDAs and refusing to make good phones. That ecomony is nonexistent anymore.
Anything you would like to add?
A message to Hawkins’s drug dealer: “Man, next time do not give him that much…look what you made him do”