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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by henderson101 on Wed 7th Aug 2013 15:27 UTC
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It was far too complex though, and
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By whose standards? The difference between the Newton and a PamlPilot really does come down to the launcher. As previously pointed out, the launcher in the first 2 generations of the PalmOS - right up to the Palm III, had no categories and no way to order the apps. They just appeared as a list of 3 columns and overshot the screen if too many were added. The first Palm devices had no public SDK, and no major support. It wasn't till Pila was released by Darrin Massena, that anyone but large corporations had access to creating apps.

the simpler, more focussed Palm Pilot then showed the market how mobile computing ought to work
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The original PalmPilot was a companion tool. It was meant to augment not replace. It carried your note, agenda and task lists with you. It was never intended to become what it did, that was down to a bunch of users pushing the platform early on.

something Apple took to heart a decade later with the iPhone.
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I'm sorry, this is crap. Plenty of other platforms had reached the simplistic nirvana that *later* PalmOS incarnations had achieved. But there were enough common ideas in the iOS borrowed from Mac, Windows CE and other less well known platforms such as Qtopia and VT-OS (which in turn recycled Palm and Newton.) I still own a PalmPilot Professional, and have done so since 1998, so when you try to claim iOS has anything more than a superficial relationship to PalmOS or that Palm were solely responsible for the genre, I can tell you didn't really use the devices when they first emerged.

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