Re: [NTLK] No iNewton announced today

From: Jon Glass <>
Date: Fri Sep 11 2009 - 03:15:30 EDT

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 5:25 AM, Chilton Webb <> wrote:
> You mean hold it like a book? I have so far not had any problems
> holding books, or reading books that are placed on a flat surface. I
> suspect it would matter how much it weighs.
And how many books are left behind on airplane and in airports every
day? (and magazines and newspapers?) These aren't forgotten. They were
left behind because they were a burden. A multi-hundred dollar
computer becomes just a burden that people won't want to be bothered

Let's look at smart phones. They aren't overtaking dumb phones. They
probably won't. Why? People don't want to "fiddle" with them. It's too
much of a bother. Only people who are willing to put up with the
compromises a tablet offers will carry one. And I'll be honest. I
carry my Wind (a 10" 'netbook') with me many places. I used to carry
my Newton everywhere. I carry a Palm Treo, also. I'm definitely _not_
mainstream. But I do know a few. ;-)

As I said, until people have a compelling reason to lug one around,
Apple won't do it. When they think they have that compelling reason,
they'll do it, and it will not be anything like what we are expecting
it to be--absolutely nothing like. I'm convinced of that. Look at the
iPhone. It was nothing like peoples' expectations. Worse, for many
people, who had gotten some pie-in-the-sky ideas, it was a letdown.
And in some ways, the first gen was, but it was still a device nobody
expected, in ways that were unanticipated (what? no stylus??? no
keys??? no buttons???)

This is what we can expect--if we can expect anything.

Oh, one other thing.... Everybody who has invested themselves into
tablet systems is suddenly going to find themselves irrelevant! Look
at Moto and Nokia and Microsoft, and Palm...

 -Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland
"I don't believe in philosophies. I believe in fundamentals." --Jack Nicklaus
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