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Discussion in 'Apple Collectors' started by J232022, Nov 5, 2014.
So is there any reason to use a Apple Newton in 2014 ? I have always thought they where cool .
I can't think of why you'd want to use a Newton in this decade. Who's to say you can't be productive with it, though? If you want to use one badly enough, I say go for it.
I guess it could be a good calculator only device lol .
I have a 130 that I power up once in a while to play with. Considering its age, and specs, the handwriting recognition still is impressive (though the Egg Freckle Easter Egg is still very funny - attached is photo my 130 display).
With minimal support for even basic data transfers on current OS X, it's a bit hard to get stuff moved to a Mac or iOS device. Of course, if you also have a vintage Mac and Newton support software, you could use it as a go-between with a modern Mac.
They're such cool devices, I wish I could use mine more. In college I used mine for notes A LOT and it has some good features like ambient temperature and a remote control that can be used with a few TVs and VCRs. Best use for a Newton now would be about the same. Great for taking notes and as an address book. I keep my MP2000 in the laptop bag, just cuz its fun to keep nearby in case I can fabricate a use for it, and I have some fun games too.
When it first came out, my dad got one, and I got to play with it a bit (including bringing it to high school a few times - the envy of the nerd brigade.)
I later got one of my own, after they were obsolete, and used it as a "primary hand-held computer" up until 2006 or so. (I have always been a fan of ultra-small computing, having bought an HP 200 LX palmtop PC in college.) Could it be used today? Sure. A Newton MP 2100 can handle Bluetooth and WiFi cards! There are apps to sync with modern OS X systems. NCX is the main current one. Sadly, the best app for it stopped active development long before the Intel transition, so Intel Macs can't use it. (It would sync contacts, calendars, and more, with the OS X equivalents. NCX is mostly for app install and backups.)
If you do get a Newton, you will likely have to apply a patch for the Year 2010 bug if you want it to have the correct time & date.