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[5]: Comment by tupp
by RobG on Thu 8th Aug 2013 12:03 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by tupp"
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By that token Smalltalk was the first object-oriented language, because it was the first to use the term, even though Simula already has classes, instances, virtual methods, etc.

Coining a name for something does not imply invention.

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RE[6]: Comment by tupp
by MOS6510 on Thu 8th Aug 2013 12:05 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by tupp"
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I do not claim the MessagePad was the first PDA, it wasn't. It just was the first device called a PDA, which isn't a great feat as Apple themselves coined the term.

To make that clear I added that earlier devices, which weren't called PDAs at the time, were in fact PDAs as we would surely see them as such.

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