On Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at 09:47 AM, Mark Rollins wrote:
> On a related note, I don't know if anyone has remarked how the current
> 12" iBook is a worthy eMate successor. Basically in almost the same
> footprint and weight, you have a very fast color unit, AirPort capable,
> FireWire in, VGA video out with DVD playback and CD burning.
-- Being in the state of Maine, where 7th and 8th graders are slowly taking delivery of the iBook they will be using, I can say that the relationship is VERY clear to me (I work in education research, associated with folks like Seymour Papert who are working to make this program succeed).
I happen to have stopped using my Newton at the conferences I go to. It used to be my workhorse note taker, with a great mix of writing and sketching (when needed) possible, long battery life, and so on. Now, though, I use the iBook. With the wake from sleep being so quick, and it not needing to be on the whole time, it also lasts a whole day (or more). I type faster than I write by hand (the Newton keyboard being too damn loud anyway), I don't have to look at what I'm writing, and I get more information and side commentary about the presentations noted. Sure, it's huge, but in a lap during a session, it works.
So I've been wondering whether I should head toward a Palm OS system for the date/calendar/names features, and keep the iBook for the note-taking and longer work (together with having my entire work library with me in the process). But I'm sticking with the Newton for now...
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