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[2]: Comment by tupp
by robojerk on Tue 6th Aug 2013 18:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by tupp"
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by tupp on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by tupp"
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Thank you for that link.

I went through the history time line on that page, and there seems to be some significant omissions.

Most notably, the Sony PTC series of PDAs is not included. Here is the Sony PTC-300, which preceded the Newton by 2 years (1991):

I think that there was version prior to the PTC-300.

Here is a video of the later PTC-310:

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RE[4]: Comment by tupp
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 6th Aug 2013 19:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tupp"
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Yes, but it wasn't "successful".

Just pre-empting the response.

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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 6th Aug 2013 20:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tupp"
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Its wikipedia, if you feel its inaccurate, fix it.

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by MOS6510 on Wed 7th Aug 2013 06:04 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by tupp"
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Sony themselves describe it as a precursor to the PDA.

What is claimed in the article is that the MessagePad was the first PDA, which it easily is because Apple coined the term themselves.

Sure, there were earlier devices we'd describe as PDA's, but then it was an unknown term.

It's just a name and this reveals where it came from.

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