Redfly Mobile Companion is the Palm Foleo For Windows Mobiles

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Remember the Palm Foleo? This REDFLY Mobile Companion is just like that, except it's for Windows Mobile phones. The MC looks like a small 8-inch screen laptop (styled in Famicom colors), has a keyboard and touchpad, but weighs 1.9 pounds and measures 9x6x1 inches. The point of this? To hook up to your Windows Mobile phone via USB or Bluetooth in order to "extend the smartphone platform to a larger display, keyboard and mouse", essentially what the Foleo was trying to do.

The good news is that this has an eight hour battery life and can power your cellphone on the go, plus has USB ports so you can store your data via USB flash drives and not have to burden your phone with it. The price: $499 directly from Celio in March. I don't know—the Palm Foleo wasn't all that bad, even if its use was limited to a very small segment of the market that relied on their smartphones instead of a full-sized laptop to send/receive email and work on documents on the go. The same segment that doesn't have an ultra-portable like an Eee PC.

We can't say whether or not it'll be successful for everyone (unlikely), but for the people whose needs are met by the Mobile Companion, it could be quite nifty. We'll check it out in person at CES. [Celio]

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I think a device like this becomes more relevant when people start to realize they don't want to carry around a brick in their pocket with a slide out keyboard. A nice candy-bar or small flip with WM could be the processing and radio hub where this is just an interface to meet the needs of our fat fingers and fading eyesight (I'm talking to you 12 year olds who arean't eating their carrots!). Besides the life-sized/anatomically correct interface, the long battery life and USB host are big deals as well. I know how much people love to take out their MicroSD card, put it into a MiniSD adapter, put that into a card reader and then plug that into a USB port on your non-Bluetooth lappy or desktop just to get some music on the phone. If the evolution of WM continues and it ends up being something closer to a super light XP then something like this packaged with a non-sliding-keyboard phone, smaller than a VHS tape, for around 500.00 could be a nice larger than niche market product.