The revolutionary phones before the iPhone

Friday, July 11, 2008

Apple’s iPhone 3G goes on sale this morning. This iPod, GPS mapping system and wireless Internet telephone is generating some serious buzz. But is it worth all the hype?
Guest: Daniel Henderson, inventor of 1993’s “Intellect,” which was designed to receive pictures and video data from a message center for display on a portable device. Two of his prototypes are at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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On Friday John asked which technology or gadget we owned perhaps before its time: I was one of the early proud owners of an Apple Newton PDA when it was first introduced. I think it was 1993. And I was lucky enough to attend the Newton's kickoff demo presented by Steve Jobs himself at MacWorld. that was back when Steve Jobs was still our Techno-Geek-Supercool hero. I loved my little Newton and played with all its cool features - till the thrill wore off... which happened pretty quickly, since most of the features were not too useful in the real world.
I especially loved the stylus and handwriting recognition software - which people think originated with the Palm PDA (not). Once the novelty of the gimmicks wore off, my Newton became a glorified electronic addressbook and datebook. And then it became just one more of a huge collection of outdated gizmos I have collected and given away over the years. Ah, if only I had my Newton now - they're probably worth something on eBay...

Jul. 16 2008 09:42 AM

All I can say, was the iphone worth waiting four hours in line? You betcha!

Jul. 11 2008 09:51 PM

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