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Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 189 May 30, 2007

Palm Foleo

Palm announces their Foleo ‘mobile companion.’ Is this is the revolutionary device that was promised? I hope not. I thought that the reason one deals with the clunky form factor of a smartphone was so you would NOT need to carry around a laptop type device. Sigh.

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Howard Mann is the founder of Brickyard Partners, a business strategy agency based in Portland, OR. Prior to founding Brickyard Partners in 2001, Mann owned a premier international logistics company with over 140 Million in revenue, six U.S. offices and a global network of over 40 agents worldwide.

As that business came under severe pressure from the previous economic downturn and industry consolidation, Howard lead the company out from those treacherous times by returning to the basics that make every business great and completing 6 acquisitions that re-imagined the business so it was highly attractive to buyers. Finding that “secret sauce” did not come easily but has fueled his purpose to help other business leaders to never have to go through what he endured. 

Through real world experience and those hard times in the “trenches” of business he has learned that it is not following the latest fad, copying competitors or adding complexity that makes a business truly great. His pragmatic approach and knowing what it feels like to sit in the CEO/Owner chair is what makes his work so different and effective.

In addition to his strategy, marketing and communications work, Mann coaches a select group of entrepreneurs, CEO's and business owners. His highly focused workshops and keynotes help executive teams take aggressive action to unlock the true potential of their organizations and build remarkable businesses that endure. In good times and bad. Online and off.

Howard is a sought after speaker both in the U.S. and around the world. He writes frequently on his blog about the importance of the basics and reconnecting to the passion that too often gets lost as businesses mature.

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What were they thinking? I would rather install a software on my pc to synch it with my Palm than carry a mini-pc! Not sure why would someone buy this product.

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I agree with the point. I am not sure that at this price there will be a market where nanolaptop are a bit more expensive, but far more useful. They adress the same market as those nanolaptop with foleo. They adressing the same market. Let seen if the business executive will jump in foleo where they are perfectly happy with their nanolaptop.

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Yeah, it seems a bit arb, my only guess is that some desktop users that don’‘t want to buy a full laptop will use it for convenience, due primarily to the weight and price point.

What I really dislike is the upside-down-logo-when-open thing, that’s so very Apple 10-years ago… and I hated it then too…!

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Yeah, it seems a bit arb, my only guess is that some desktop users that don’‘t want to buy a full laptop will use it for convenience, due primarily to the weight and price point.

What I really dislike is the upside-down-logo-when-open thing, that’s so very Apple 10-years ago… and I hated it then too…!

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I agree with the point. I am not sure that at this price there will be a market where nanolaptop are a bit more expensive, but far more useful. They adress the same market as those nanolaptop with foleo. They adressing the same market. Let seen if the business executive will jump in foleo where they are perfectly happy with their nanolaptop.

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What were they thinking? I would rather install a software on my pc to synch it with my Palm than carry a mini-pc! Not sure why would someone buy this product.