Palm quietly pulled the plug on the LifeDrive last week, in case you missed it. It went away quietly, upstaged by its sturdy cousin, the Treo Smartphone. I remember seeing a demo of Lifedrive over at the PalmOne offices back in Silicon Valley. It had an impressive lineup of features - WiFi and Bluetooth, Video. Music. Email. But it also had a hefty price tag at launch - $500.
Palm is wise to let go of the LifeDrive and channel its energies on the Treo smartphone - a Blackberry rival that is only months away from the release of another high-profile competitor, Apple's iPhone. The LifeDrive - bulky and heavy with that hard drive - would have needed an overhaul to compete with the iPhone. It also would have needed, well, a phone - which pretty much would have made it look a lot like the Treo. It goes to show you, at the end of the day, the phone still remains a pretty essential part of a device's DNA.
And so, not even two years after its release, the LifeDrive had to go away. Sorry to see you go, LifeDrive. It wasn't personal. It was just business.
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Posted by: Dennis | February 20, 2007 3:13 PM
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