Did you own a newton?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SteveSparks, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. SteveSparks macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    St. Louis, MO.
    I am above the average age here, and I can say that I owned two newtons, with a variety of accessories. That was some time ago.

    Did you own an newton and are you getting an iPad?
  2. wingnut8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 8, 2007
    I'm only 20, so a Newton was a little before my time.
  3. RobBookPro macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2009
    I was an apple hater during those years... up until I bought an iPhone and then replaced my pcs with macs.
  4. rittchard macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2007
    I have/had a Newton, I think it's still sitting around in a box somewhere as I didn't have the heart to throw it away. And yes of course I am getting an iPad at release!
  5. nwxtl88 macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I have two Newtons, still use one on occasion. Yes, I'm still pissed at SJ for killing it. Think where it would be and the quality of handwriting recognition if development had continued. We probably would have had the early version of the iPad five or six years ago.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Never owned a Newton (probably because it was before my time), but I had a Palm since I was quite young. Of course it was mainly used to play games and such. Man that IR transmitter was so amazing!
  7. Eso macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2008
    Why do people always screw up polls on forums?

    Why aren't the options:

    No, but I plan to buy the iPad
    No, and I don't plan on buying the iPad
    Yes, and I plan on buying the iPad
    Yes, but I don't plan on buying the iPad
  8. kernkraft macrumors 68020


    Jun 25, 2009
    A family friend did and it sucked. I think time makes the Newton appear better than what it was back then.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Because the assumption is, if you were silly enough to buy the Newton, you'll probably end up with the iPad... and if you never owned the Newton, you can't possibly be deceived by Apple again. :D
  10. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I have a Newton MessagePad 250 (I believe, it's been a while since I pulled it out). Bought it just a few years ago on Ebay, mostly for nostalgia. Never have really used it, it eats up batteries like crazy.

    I am also planning on buying an iPad, assuming my wife likes it (we'll probably share one). Incidentally, that makes me one of those wishing Apple had built these with multi-user support.

  11. SignusMedia macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2008
    I loved my message pad, and sadly went to Palm for a while after it's demise from a cracked screen. I worked in a warehouse and didn't set it in a safe spot.

    Now have the iPhone 3g and have my reservation in for a 32gb wi/fi iPad. Can't wait till next saturday.
  12. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    YES! :) - I've got and still use the Newton MessagePad 2100 (a great digital notebook with fantastic HW recongition) as well as the eMate 300 - fantastic little electronic typewriter - I would LOVE if Apple made an iPad eMate form factor - wonder if case manufactures will fill that hole.

    But yes I've got two and use them to this day - the iPad will replace much of what I used them for though :)
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Not only did I own a Newton, I flew to Boston the day it went on sale at MW to buy one. They were extremely scarce and after a whole day at MW I failed to find any company that had one in stock that wasn't spoken for. Dejected, I circled the MW annex show floor one last time around 4pm before heading back to the airport. Luck was with me -- or was it -- as CompUSA just got a shipment in and the show floor was already empty so I didn't have anyone to compete with to buy one. I couldn't get my CC out fast enough. Airport security was stumped & suspicious when it went through the Xray. They gave it the once, twice, and thrice over.

    Sadly, after a few days playing with it I came to the conclusion it wasn't ready for prime time. Fortunately I bought it a CUSA so I could return it locally. It was a cool device when it did what you wanted it to do, but it was a very expensive toy to be so imperfect.
  14. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
  15. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I had all the Newtons.

    I bought the 2000 the day it was realease in Palo Alto (just happened to be there)

    It was pretty much worthless but very cool which I guess made it usefull just to fiddle with it.

    All my stuff is pretty much like that.

    Time to go live the woods. :rolleyes:
  16. pcp_ip macrumors regular


    Nov 12, 2002
    I still use my Newton MessagePad 2100 today as an alarm clock next to my bed.
  17. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    No newton. My first computer was an osborne executive (used). My first PDA was a sharp organizer. When I found I couldn't move my data from one sharp version to a newer sharp version I decided to give Palm a try, even though it was a lot more expensive. Now my main PDA for apps is an iPod Touch and my main PDA for organizer features is a Blackberry. Yes I'm getting an iPad mainly as an ebook reader and as a portable computer. I'll be selling off my Netbook at the same time.

    I remember going to a business meeting about 5 years ago and one of the guys we were meeting with pulled out a Newton. Everybody chuckled. Even that long ago, owning a Newton and pulling it out in a meeting came across as eccentric to the group I was with at the time. Still people appreciated the fact that the Palms we were all carrying at the time were essentially better implementations of the features of the Newton. I think Apple learned their lesson. No more overpriced, oversized, underpowered tablets. The iPad will kick some serious butt. I think predictions of the demise of every other kind of computer are exaggerated, but the iPad will sell well and will usher in a new era of computing.
  18. Manatee macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2003
    Washington DC
    Yep, I have two Newtons sitting in the closet with some of the other antique toys... a 130 and a 2000. The 2000 was actually usable! But then the Palm Pilot came along.
  19. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Jun 22, 2007
    What, no love for the eMate?

    I had a Newton 110 and 130.

    And I also had an eMate 300. That thing was pretty awesome. Ive rocks.

    A buddy had the 2000 and 2100. Very cool, but too expensive for a college kid.

    And yes, iPad is on order.
  20. alia macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    I didn't, but my mother got my brother one (to help him manage his schoolwork, since he is dyslexic and needed the extra help with organization I guess), and I was always super jealous. He actually had TWO. She got him a second one after the first one's screen cracked.

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