Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Apr 2014 09:06 UTC, submitted by arsipaani
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

As it turns out, Nokia developed an internet tablet all the way back in 2001. It was called the Nokia M510, several thousand units were made, and it was functional. Sadly, market research showed that consumers were not yet ready for a device like this, and so the project was cancelled. It had a 800x600 display, ran EPOC (Symbian), and sported wifi. The stories are in Finnish, and since I don't speak Finnish, I had to rely on Google Translate (as a translator, this made me feel dirty).

Now that Nokia's devices division is essentially dead, it wouldn't surprise me to see more of these stories to come out. There must be some truly outrageous stuff locked away at Nokia.

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RE: Apple Newton
by puenktchen on Wed 16th Apr 2014 20:30 UTC in reply to "Apple Newton"
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2007-07-27

1987? 1993-1998 actually. The Newton 2000 from 1997 can browse the web, I don't see how this prototype is so different from it and countless other "web appliances" later.

It is the eco system which really made the difference for the iPad. Well size and price might have helped too.

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RE[2]: Apple Newton
by hobgoblin on Thu 17th Apr 2014 11:11 in reply to "RE: Apple Newton"
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2005-07-06

And new internals. The batteries were more energy dense, and the SOCs more potent. And wifi was by now everywhere.

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