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

Frank Lowney frank.lowney at gcsu.edu
Mon Mar 22 10:25:50 EDT 2010

On Mar 21, 2010, at 2:34 PM, R A Parker wrote:

> On Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm Dennis B. Swaney wrote:
>> No contract required for the AT&T iPad
> All I need now is a free ¡Pad and and I would be as happy as an eMate in a clamshell.
>> data plan. IIRC, $15/month for
>> 250 MB; $40/month for unlimited. 
> Blech! Capped data plans. I'm currently locked into AT&T for another year. $30/mo unlimited data. I won't be interested in an iPad for at least that long, or longer. I'm hoping Google's answer to 4G/WiMax becomes more than a pipe dream. Unlimited data and a single phone/internet plan.

You might be able to tether that iPad to your iPhone via BlueTooth and thereby get more bang for the monthly fee you’re paying AT&T.

From Apple re thethering a MacBook:
Set up a tethering connection:
In Settings, choose General > Network > Internet Tethering.

Slide the Internet Tethering switch to On.

Connect iPhone to your computer:

USB:  Connect your computer to iPhone, using the Dock Connector to USB Cable. In your computer’s Network services settings, choose iPhone.

On a Mac, a pop-up window appears the first time you connect, saying “A new network interface has been detected.” Click Network Preferences, configure the network settings for iPhone, then click Apply. On a PC, use the Network Control Panel to configure the iPhone connection.

Bluetooth:  On iPhone, choose Settings > General > Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth. Then refer to the documentation that came with your computer system software to pair and connect iPhone with your computer.

When you’re connected, a blue band appears at the top of the screen. Tethering remains on when you connect with USB, even when you aren’t actively using the Internet connection.


Of course we won’t know for sure until someone actually does this and that won’t likely happen until after April 3.

Speech recognition should work but what about handwriting recognition?  Without a stylus, we’re trying to write fat-fingered.  Anyone for shorthand (aka Speed Writing)?  Touch input for Chinese and Japanese has already been demonstrated so it’s really just a short hop to shorthand.  Problem there is that few people know how to do shorthand.  Would they learn?

> To answer the question: Is the iPad a worthy replacement for the Newton... Nope, that honor goes to my iPhone. Because everything I used to keep track of on my Newton, is now on my iPhone. Touch, slide, access, read, tap, link, sync, and connect. 
> Except notes and emails. I can handwrite anywhere, any time, and my 2100 is always on, ready to pick up right where I left off. Moving data around is as simple as a tapping out a self addressed envelope. Essentially, my Newton IS the HWR extension for my iPhone. And, email is my transport.
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