20 years ago: Stylus, 5" to 6" screen, and beam technology

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by hyteckit, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. hyteckit Guest

    Jul 29, 2007
    I'm getting a Galaxy Note 2 soon.

    However, have we really advance much in the last 20 years?

    The stylus, handwriting recognition, 5" to 6" screen, and beam technology brings back memories of this:


    Share with beam technology. Haha.. :D
  2. inhalewaste macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2012
  3. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Dude, it's all about the fax. Forget beam. This thing let you FAX notes.
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Ah, the Newton. Yeah, there were issues, but I'm still sad Steve killed it. It was just awesome back in the day, and it had real potential.
  5. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    OMG! Where can I get one of those? That makes my S3 look like crap. And the plastic casing on that Newton looked like it was made from one solid chunk of plastic. Just stunning craftsmanship. And that resistive 120x200 display looks almost retina like. I could even make out that a mail icon was on there! :D

    J/K The Newton was an awesome and very innovative / futuristic product in its day. I wanted one so badly, but only had enough money for a Commodore 64. A Mac and Newton was too much. I really wish Steve was still with us. He WAS Apple and he pushed that company to innovate. Now... :(
  6. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    Makes you wonder what we will have in 20 years.
  7. b166er macrumors 68020


    Apr 17, 2010
    I remember seeing these back in the day. When you think about it, at their core, smartphones can't do all that much more than a newton. The graphics are better, and we can browse the web, but basically the common functions are the same. Seeing this video kind of makes you wonder why Apple waited so long to enter the smartphone business.

    Amazingly ahead of its time.
  8. michaeljohn macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Its about the same size as the Note 2 :eek: Samsung was pretty ballsy calling their way to share info "beam" as well.
  9. kiltedthrower macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2012
    So how come the Newton is cool but the Note 2 isn't?
  10. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I'm surprised Samsung didn't just place an apple logo on the Note 2 or just named it the Samsung Newton.
  11. michaeljohn macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
  12. siiip5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2012
    Star Trek coined the word "beam" as a transmission of data from one point to another long before Apple ever existed. So maybe Gene Roddenberry should have sued Apple in the 80's? Or maybe you are to young to know what, and to whom, I am referring?
  13. michaeljohn macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Scotty would not approve

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