Palm’s Foleo Named Worst Gadget
Popular Mechanics’ choice for the worst gadget of 2007 is one that was canceled before ever even reaching the marketplace: Palm’s Foleo, a lightweight laptop that was so poorly received that the company pulled it prior to its release.
Among products that actually were released this year, the Apple TV device was named the worst, as it was “he rare black mark in an otherwise spotless multi-year streak from Cupertino.” Also making the list were the LG Chocolate VX8550 phone, the Violet Nabaztag Wi-Fi-enabled rabbit, and the Microsoft Zune. An earlier list in the same magazine of “Most Brilliant” gadgets of the year included the iPhone, the Microsoft Surface, the Nintendo Wii fit and the LG Super Blu player.
After the May announcement by Palm of the Foleo, industry reaction was so negative that Palm ended up dropping the project just four months later.