[quote]First, it is an insult to the Newton to call it a PDA, it is a Tablet Computing Device. Print Data Arduously(PDA) devices are a pain in the wrist. <hr></blockquote>
Not really an insult. It's not a tablet (too small), and it's not one of today's tiny PDAs (too big). Technically, it's a handheld computer, but I call it a PDA because it most resembles that type of device, even though it's much more powerful than the tiny PDAs on the market now.
[quote]Second, Apple killed off the Newton/Emate because they concluded the school age kid(0-25 year old) really didn't want it as a computer and Apple refused to push it as a game device.<hr></blockquote>
Absolutely incorrect. Apple 'killed' the Newton because they were losing so much money and projects like the Newton had to go. Printers, scanners, and nearly everything else that had an Apple logo but wasn't a computer was 'killed'. The eMate was so successful that Apple had a deal with the State of Texas to sell 3,000,000 of the devices to them, but since it was 'killed' and support was dropped, the deal did not go through. The messagepads themselves were NEVER marketed for the 0-25 year old market. They were more for executives. Some college students bought them for note taking, but for the most part, the Messagepads were a luxury item. The eMates were for schools.
Apple promised to re-enter the market with a "Mac OS based device" encorporating the Newton technology in 1999. This never happened, despite the development of Rosetta on the Mac OS (now known as 'Inkwell'). That's the history lesson for today.
[quote]I think it's reasonable to assume that a PDA will be dropped once or twice. If it's not made to survive then that goes toward the quality IMO. <hr></blockquote>
Not that I would ever drop my Newton, but they are durable devices. Sounds like these Handspring devices are of very poor quality.