Palm Foleo vs. DIY Palm Pilot Notebook



This week Palm announced the Foleo, an ultraportable Smartphone companion laptop. The January 2007 issue of Make shows you how to take a hardcover book and turn it into an ultraportable laptop by embedding a Palm Pilot and keyboard. The designer, Allen Wong, even powered it with AAA batteries that last for days. How does the Foleo stack up against Wong's Palm Notebook? It's time for... Iron Gadget!



Power Up

Foleo: Instant On

Palm Notebook: Instant On



Screen Size

Foleo: 10-inch screen, 1024 x 600

Palm Notebook: 2-1/4" x 3"—Wong used a IIIe which is 160 x 160

Connectivity

Foleo: WiFi and Bluetooth

Palm Notebook: Wong used a serial cable. But a newer Palm, like the TX, would supply WiFi, Bluetooth and infrared

Battery Life

Foleo: 5 Hours

Palm Notebook: Days... if you're carrying big pack of AAAs

Memory

Foleo: About 118MB RAM expandable with SD card slot.

Palm Notebook: 2MB RAM (later Palm models have SD slots as well)

Weight

Foleo: 2.5 lbs

Palm Notebook: 1.1 lbs

Cost

Foleo: $500

Palm Notebook: 1 book, 1 old palmpilot ($25) and Landware GoYype ($40), hours of

time.

Bonus Round: Green-ness

Foleo: 100% not recycled

Palm Notebook: 90% recycled

From Allen Wong:

Future Plans:

After they saw the article in MAKE, the good folks at Palm sent me a TX.

When I get a wireless keyboard, the TX will be disassembled and converted

into another Palm Notebook, hopefully smaller and lighter than the first.

Upgrading to a brand new TX with WiFi and a 320 x 480 screen would bring the total to around $325. Which one would you buy?

Palm Pilot Notebook [Make Digital]

Palm Foleo Coverage [Gizmodo]