[NTLK] Who here thinks the iPad is a worthy replacement for the Newton?

Doug Denby ddenby at rogers.com
Fri Mar 12 20:22:54 EST 2010

Yup, touch typing is great, but try doing it with your laptop while standing in line at the bank, or while on the bus going to work, or any number of other inconvenient locations.


On 2010-03-12, at 5:57 PM, Ryan wrote:

> I really like the handwriting recognition on the Newton... kudos to  
> Larry on that. In today's world though, where most people are now  
> touch typists and with accurate speech recognition, handwriting is not  
> the preferred input.
> Using soeech recognition, I can craft emails so much faster than  
> typing, which means it's hard to go back to something that is much  
> slower. HR is great for filling out forms and shorter things like  
> that, but with other built in technologies on the iPad, like  
> predictive text, etc., the importance of a stylus comes down to  
> graphic design applications.
> And with a big, bright beautiful screen and large virtual keyboard, HR  
> does not have much of a place on the iPad.
> What I would like to see on the iPad is data soups talking to each  
> other more, like the experience on the Newt. Right now it's a mess of  
> 140,000 apps soon to be ported that don't really link into one  
> another. This is a major shortcoming with this platform as I am  
> concerned.
> However, I don't really use any of those apps so I what I am excited  
> about is iWork, iBooks, Email, Safari, iPhoto and iTunes. It's going  
> to be great for music and video...
> Thank you,
> Ryan
> On 2010-03-12, at 2:35 PM, Ed Kummel <tech_ed at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> The functionality that makes the Newton a "Newt" are:
>> 1) Handwriting
>> 2) Intelligent handwriting interpretation (this is different given  
>> that any device can accept and translate handwriting, yet very few  
>> can make intelligent decisions based on prior corrections made by  
>> the user)
>> 3)
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