[NTLK] The Incredible Shrinking Newt

Igor Bertolucci igorbertolucci at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 13:06:35 EDT 2019

I wanted to make the Newton easily fit in a jacket pocket instead of a bag or briefcase. With the LiPo it is also thinner and much lighter than with AAs - it is a lot nicer to hold in landscape as well. 

I agree with the display problem - I think the display itself is OK but the EL backlighting is really bad. The humming from the inverter is really annoying (in fact I’m trying to filter/cover it in this modified 2000 to reduce the sound).

I’ve been following the development of e-ink/ e-paper displays and I think this technology would be the best for the Newt. There are 6” and 7” screens with 16 shades of grey with front lighting and touch and pen (Wacom) support on the market. I would love to find a way to install one of these screens on an original Newton 2x00. I have recently purchased an Onyx Boox Nova Pro, which is a 7.8” e-reader/e-notepad which runs Android 6.0. The hardware and especially the screen is amazing but the note taking software is severely lacking - it is light years behind the Newton. I will be installing the Einstein emulator on it, but I doubt the fast response of the Wacom pen input will work - it apparently works only with its built in note taking app (on all other Android apps it lags).

Sorry for the long response.


> On Apr 11, 2019, at 09:37, Christoph Schröder <newtonhonk at posteo.de> wrote:
> I have no problems with the size. Running on AA batteries is the big advantage of the Newton. That is one reason that we still can use them today.
> Personally I would like to have a different screen. Has somebody tried a different LCD?
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