“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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