Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2011 22:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Today, the technology world is gripped by what can only be described as a dirty war between iOS on one side, and Android on the other. While the parties in this war fight it out in the US court system, the web has latched onto this conflict like a starved leach to a nice juicy ankle, and this focus on just iOS and Android has had a rather unpleasant side effect. This effect was subtle at first, but now, it's everywhere. Yes, if you were to believe the web, iOS and/or Android invented everything when it comes to mobile operating systems. I will have none of that, and my PDA collection begs to differ too.
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Apple Newton
by cemptor on Tue 26th Jul 2011 04:07 UTC
cemptor
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2010-06-16

I have a Newton MessagePad 2100, that I bought after trying a Sony Clie in 2002. Don't use it any more but it still works.

Even though a brick, it is very elegant. Simple things like
- a phone book that generates a tone dial of a phone number through a speaker so you can make a phone call to a contact. Who needs bluetooth?

- The best handwriting recognition I've seen - even now. I could write cursive almost as fast as writing on paper, and just send meeting notes to folks without having to transcribe them

- Simple text e-book reader. Even though the screen is ancient, its enough to read a book. The only thing superior today is e-ink

All in all a fully functional productivity device that actually helped you work smarter. Can't say that for my Android + laptop in the same way

So I completely agree with you that a lot of ideas came from the PDAs when they had no choice but to deal with a small form factor and resolution and had to create a new market.

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