Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 17:55 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

In product lore, high profile gadgets that get killed are often more interesting than the ones that succeed. The Kin, the HP TouchPad, and the Edsel are all case studies in failure - albeit for different reasons. Yet in the history of those killings, nothing compared to the Apple Newton MessagePad. The Newton wasn't just killed, it was violently murdered, dragged into a closet by its hair and kicked to death in its youth by one of technology’s great men. And yet it was a remarkable device, one whose influence is still with us today. The Ur tablet. The first computer designed to free us utterly from the desktop.

'First' is debatable, but this was definitely an interesting product. It was far too complex though, and the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work - something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.

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RE[6]: Comment by tupp
by ezraz on Wed 7th Aug 2013 13:15 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tupp"
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[q]Thank you for your response.

Apple makes better products, on average, than the computer company you prefer. I guarantee it.

Use a million words to try to tell people that they don't like something made better, designed better, supported better. But their products don't change their value based on your wordy takedowns.

For many years Apple customers report higher satisfaction with their purchased product. Your arguments don't address that whatsoever, because the proof is too strong. Products are made to be bought and enjoyed and then bought again from the same company when it is time for upgrade.

I've been using Apple and other companies' hardware and software for 30+ years now. Apple is consistently better built and better designed, with a longer usable life, better user comfort, and higher resale value than other makers.

This site, and mainland europe in general, seems very anti-mac, but it's based in so much ignorance of just owning and using the things.

Anyone who argues about inventions and patents re: apple has no idea what it's like to just use one and count on one.

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