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

Dennis B. Swaney romad at aol.com
Fri Mar 19 18:08:05 EDT 2010

Lord Groundhog wrote:
> ~~~ On 2010/03/19 21:24, Forrest Buffenmyer at anasazi4st at me.com wrote ~~~
>> I've gone from device to device, "settling" each time. "This doesn't do
>> 'this'...but it does 'THAT'!. Do I NEED 'that'? Well, 'this other thing' does
>> almost the same function as 'that'."
>> I don't have to settle with the Newton. With all the alternatives so far...I
>> do. I have to give something up and find something to take its place.
> Really, when I get down to it, this says it for me.  I keep coming back to
> one thing:  if I wanted to incorporate an iPad into my gadget kit, I'd have
> to do without something I currently depend on, or else carry an extra
> gadget.  Currently I carry my Newton (at least until I have a Newt-shaped
> pouch surgically constructed into my body), my MacBook, and 2 phones.  That
> setup takes me anywhere in the world.  Newt does the real work; the MacBook
> does the "pretty" tasks and stuff like formatting documents once I've done
> all the writing on my Newton and for now, my internet stuff.   The phones
> are self-explanatory.
> If I had an iPad, could I leave my MacBook at home?   Hmmm, maybe sometimes,
> depending on what the final, real abilities of the iPad turn out to be.  But
> not all the time.  And certainly I won't be risking not having my computer
> with me if I'm in another country for a couple of weeks or maybe longer.  So
> each time I go anywhere, I have to decide what I think I'm going to need and
> what I might need, and hope I get it right.  "Well, this would be a good
> time to show you this set of files -- oh wait, they're on my computer and I
> only have my iPad here.  Oh well, would you like to browse Google Maps
> street view instead?"   Somehow I can't see that being popular with clients.
> What about leaving my Newton home?  Easier decision.  Never, never, never,
> never, never.  
> Conclusion:  either I don't get an iPad, or I have to carry 5 devices
> instead of 4.   With the ever-tightening restrictions on how much can be
> carried in on-board luggage on inter-continental and domestic flights, a 5th
> device isn't looking too good.
> I'll be happy to replace my Newton with another, more modern device, just as
> soon as somebody makes one that really will *replace* my Newton.  Without
> making me "settle".

Why not just replace one of the phones? There is no reason to carry 2, 
unless 1 of them is a burn phone.

Dennis B. Swaney

Newton MP 2100
iPhone 3GS
iPad (coming soon)

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