ZDNews is reporting the end of the (short-lived) SONY eVilla by September 13th. Sony executives blamed the demise on “stability and usability” problems with the $499 desktop IA, but did not offer specifics. “The product did not meet our expectations,” Sony spokesman John Dolak said. “It did not operate as planned.” There were a lot of user reports that the appliance was slow and not stable. Also, in the ZDNews article is clearly stated that Palm has no plans to continue development of the BeIA, endorsing even more David Nagel yesterday’s answer that Palm bought Be for the engineering team and not for the technology.
Our Take: eVilla was slow because of two things: because of the very slow CPU (266 Mhz Cyrix which has the power of Intel Pentium 166) and because the graphics chip (incorporated in the CPU) could not handle the high resolution of 800×1024 with enough speed, especially because the monitor is a normal SONY 15″, but rotated (make sure you read this thread to understand why the rotation is an overkill). As for the stability issues (which they were indeed, I can personally verify that), it just seemed that there were some technical issues with BeIA, which we may not know about.