The Apple Newton takes on the Samsung Q1

Summary:The Newton MessagePad from Apple was ahead of its time and as you can read in this challenge match against the new Samsung Q1 UMPC it may still be able to stand its ground after 10 years. Take a walk down memory lane and see how the Newton does in 8 rounds.

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I have both an Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and a Samsung Q1 and after reading the CNET UK article comparing the Newton to the Q1 I plan to pull my Newton out of the closet and check it out again. The Newton is 10 years old and you may be surprised to see how well it stands up to the 2006 Samsung Q1 UMPC device. While I do believe the Newton is a very capable device and was ahead of its time in handwriting recognition and design, in reality it can't come close to what the Samsung Q1 provides in the form of a slate Tablet PC. I can do so much with the Q1 by running MindManager Pro, Office 2007 Professional, Sling Player, etc. while having a super portable Windows Media Center.

In regards to the Samsung Q1, I think that Microsoft and Samsung could do a better job of "selling" the Q1 to the public if they stressed that the UMPC devices are small slate Tablet PCs rather than trying to focus too much on promoting them as some other type of device. 

Thanks to jkOnTheRun for the head-up on this article.

Topics: Samsung

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Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

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