Wife Nixes iPhone, Man Buys Apple Newton Instead
Well, I'm still working on the wife, trying to get her to give in on letting me have an iPhone. It's pretty clear who's in charge in this family. I'm totally in charge until she gets home.
She's is not going to give, and I desperately needed to find another Apple device to caress.
So, I bought an Apple Newton! The MessagePad 2000 with keyboard and extra battery pack to be exact, still in the original box, for a cool $100ish. Before you laugh, check out this battle royale where the Newton beats a Samsung Q1 Ultra Mobile PC.
Now I just gotta figure out how to connect it to Vista and find a Wireless PC Card. I'm gonna get this baby syncing to Gmail if it kills me. Review, software, details, how-tos and other Newtastic goodness soon to follow.
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If only Apple had the momentum and visibility that they do today with marketing products...
I own an IRex e-ink eReader (which is better than Sony's. See my comment: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/HandsOnSonyEinkReaderPRS500Reviewed.aspx) and I can't do the above.
I don't agree with the author saying the Newton is better than a UMPC device.
- He mentions that the Q1 can't synchronize with a desktop computer. Does he mean ActiveSync can't be used? One can just copy data files.
- Can the Newton read pdf or html files? Any device in that form factor should have the capability to be used as an eReader.
- The Newton can sync with other Newtons. How many Newtons out there are still being used now!?
- Viruses. The comparison should be done on the same type of usage. The Newton is used as a non Internet connected device. If you use a UMPC device the same way, the device will never get a virus. It's not going to get infected from thin air. If you're going to be downloading and installing all kinds of apps, be prepared then. Installing Windows apps is where a Q1 shines.
What is the Newton good for other than for keeping appointments, lists, calendars, notes...etc? You can do all this plus much more with any smart phone. Do you want to carry a phone only or carry along another bulky device that does basic stuff?
A Q1 lacks better Battery life and is heavier. But running Vista on such a small device is pretty cool. A good hardware hacker should be able to create a battery pack which uses ordinary batteries.
Save the $100 and other $$'s and get an iPhone if you really like it.
I'm not a techie at all, but I came across your blog and thought you'd be the perfect person to say a word or two about this issue on your blog because you have such a large techie audience *and* a deep interest in Africa and the 3rd world:
Since I don't know you at all, I worry this is going to come across as preaching. That is not my intention; I'd simply be interested to hear what you think about these issues.
Hack number one for your Newton should be attaching a briefcase form-factor battery.
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