Re: [NTLK] Newton reclassification

From: Dan <>
Date: Thu Apr 26 2007 - 14:36:53 EDT

On 4/26/2007 2:12 PM, Mark Harter wrote:
> Agreed. Imagine if the Newt could do USB or Firewire natively! Or if the sync tools were equally up to snuff. If that were the case this wouldn't even be a discussion.
> But alas a lot has changed since the Newt's demise. USB was just starting to come out. The changes at Apple have opened up whole new worlds that weren't even possible back then, let alone for a company (Apple) that was desperately trying to right itself after a number of near death experiences. Unlike some I don't fault Apple for killing off the Newton, even though I am a big fan of the technology. It business terms it was needed, no matter how painful that truth is. I didn't make sense for a company hemorrhaging money every quarter to continue along the path the Newt was going when there we so many other problems to correct.
> Don't get me wrong I'd love for the Newt to continue to be of use to me. And if I could sync without all the hassles I mentioned (and many more) I'd be more inclined to continue using it. Its a great piece of tech. However with that being said, I'm not sure if I'll continue with the iPhone looming: My iPod needs to be replaced, I already listed my gripes about my beloved, albeit frustrating Newt, and my cell is nothing special. and could easily be replaced. Add to this the fact that I'm already a Cingular subscriber.... Then when factor in my time which is much more valuable at this stage of my life then even 3 years ago with two young kids it becomes readily apparent that spending $600 on the 8 Gb iPhone is that much of a leap for the potential gains. The added boon is getting down to one device from three. Which makes more sense? Its seemingly like more and more of a "no-brainer" when I objectively look at the situation rather than from an emotional attachment to my New
> Mark

True you have to decide what is best for you. If the iphone does what
you want, then by all means use it. Sadly it won't work for me for
several reasons. In my case I would be more inclined to get something
like a the new Samsung portable. However the battery life is just way
too short. I would rather get a new laptop than spend the money on that
(the battery life is the same....sometimes longer).

Anyway it all boils down to does it work for you? If it doesn't then
find something that does. For many the Newt does. For others it does
not. I agree that the Newt has its limations, but I think everything
does, it is more a matter if the limitations are a issue for you. For
some the Samsung UMPC's short battery life is not a big deal, for others
it is a deal breaker. For me the Newt is still the best even with some
problems that I easily work around. But then I never needed or used
full sync much. Just importing or exporting when I needed to. But
again, to each their own.


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