Ten-year-old Apple Newton beats latest Microsoft Windows ‘Origami’ UMPC

“We pitted the Apple Newton Messagepad against the latest Samsung Q1 ultra-mobile PC (Origami project), and — despite being a decade old — the Newton won. Find out why by checking out the blow-by-blow account here. If you’d like to add your thoughts on the results of the match, click on the comments button below,” Crave at CNET.co.uk writes.

“Apple launched the Newton over ten years ago, but it failed to capture the public’s imagination and was ultimately discontinued. Many critics held the view that the Newton failed, not because it was a badly designed product, but because it was simply ahead of its time — a market for ultra-mobile computers simply didn’t exist back then,” Crave writes. “A decade on and it seems we’ve learnt little about mobile computer design. Apple’s Newton trumped Samsung’s offering with two knockout punches in our head-to-head battle.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Newton 2100 is still amazing technology; truly ahead of its time. Imagine what it would be today had the project never been axed. Some might even go as far as to say that Apple is working diligently to morph iPod into a Newton right now.

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Apple’s Newton: the PDA that just won’t die – March 24, 2003
Five years ago today Jobs axed Newton – February 27, 2003


  1. “Some might even go as far as to say that Apple is working diligently to morph iPod into a Newton right now.”

    Actually, if you’d like to see what Apple is planning on morphing the iPod into, you should go watch old episodes of the cartoon TRANSFORMERS

    Thats right, the iPod, in two years time, is going to be a fully functional, ass kicking robot truck known as Optimus Prime.

  2. “Some might even go as far as to say that Apple is working diligently to morph iPod into a Newton right now.”

    Wait–I thought Apple has a KISS philosophy? Wouldn’t that violate it? I’d say the iPod and the (possible re-released) Newton would be separate products.

  3. Call me an idiot, but what is a KISS

    philosophy? Oh wait, wait, I know

    what it is!

    “rock and roll all night and party every day”

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  4. The Newton 2000 series was really ahead of it’s

    time. I used to refurbish them when I worked for

    a reseller. They were quite expensive and still

    sold pretty well. Even the very first Newton

    (Message Pad 100?) had great handwriting

    recognition, once you trained yourself, that is.

  5. Well I had an old Newton 120 back in the days… I’ve always secretly lusted after a 2000. This review got me wondering, but I can’t find a decent video player for the Newton. I googled around and nothing like the Core Pocket Media Player for Newton could be found. Also, seriously… I have an Intel Mac, and it seems nSync isn’t being developed anymore, the NewtonWorks docs can’t be opened on my Mac, and most of the connection software requires classic. I’ll probably just go with a Treo.

  6. Incredible!

    I heard about the Newton, but never cared much about them, and all those guys still celebrating them seemed to me to run in the same vein as all the die-hard Amiga users (sniff… Amiga!).

    I’ve got a Palm T3 (best palmtop Palm ever produced, and still better than their newest offerings), and use it every day for work and leisure; it syncs great with the Mac and I’m happy.

    But now… wow! I’m seriously considering getting one of those Newtons.

    Unfortunately Steve hates the Newton, and there’ll never be another one, no matter how much wishful thinking is going around… but if they do bring a nPod out, I’d buy one in a heartbeat!

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