Some pics of some of my old (and new) PDA’s


Original Apple Newton Messagepad from front: you certainly don’t want to know what the words Fischer, Tucker and rich, Jack originally (in handwriting) were. Ok, I tell you: sucker and suck, respectively. It seems the Newton doesn’t want to recognize these two words :)


The Newton’s size compared with the two most popular handheld of today, the h2210 and the Palm Zire71. You shouldn’t think the Newton sucked, however (I only told Newton it sucked because of its HWR; that is, hand-writing recognition) – it feels very good in hand mostly because its rubber-like touch. I wish present-day PDA’s (including even the oldest handheld PC’s and even older machines like the Sharp Zaurus 5800 and the HP OmniGo100 manager calculators) had the same coating as the Newton. Not even h2210’s rubber comes into close. The Newton feels you will never drop it. Other PDA’s, on the other hand, not.


Incidentally, PalmInfocenter’s article ‘Why I Won't Be Buying a Pocket PC’ also has a comparative picture similar to this.


The same setting, with the background: my 3660, running WithMP3 (too bad it’s not compatible with WM2003) and some other handheld PC boxes/manuals stacked on one another (e.g. the Casio PB-110 box (manufactured in 1984), the Sharp 5800 manuals (another photo of them here) etc.). At the bottom, the bulky box of the venerable, infamous Sharp PC-1500 (manufactured in 1984) (another picture of the box is here and some Hungarian doc pages in here and here. A closeup, with the doc’s cover, here.). You can see the tape recorder jacks of the docking station in the picture.


Another stock: 1 and 2.


I’ve unpacked some of my PDA’s and calculators. At the top, a clone of the Sharp PC-1500, just switched on (testing itself), in the printer/tape interface docking station. In the left, one of the first WinCE 1.0 devices, the almost 7-year-old HP 320LX. Next to it (just below the PC-1500 clone) the Sharp 5800. Next is the Casio PB-110 and the HP OmniGo 100 (not switched on – I may have left the stopper watch switched on and it emptied the batteries). The last PDA to introduce is the PSION Organizer II XP (1988). Some other pics of the same setup can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.


This is a closeup of the PC-1500 running the game Invader. Would you have thought there were action games for machines with a 7*168 screen? Indcidentally, the built-in tape interface of the PC-1500 was incredibly slow – even slower than that of the C64. Some 3rd parties, however, even sold external accessories for connecting the 1541 floppy drive to (see the ‘Commercial sites selling PC-1500 hardware’ link section in the above-mentioned page), it was so popular. Some countries (e.g., Hungary) even mass-deployed in the late eighties this portable computer to help, for example, bus drivers print and sell long-distance tickets.


Now comes the Apple Messagepad, the first version, released in 1993. A birds-eye view of the package. Some of  the enclosed docs; sample pages 1 and 2. The rear side of the box. The dummy PCMCIA card of the Newton and the Getting Started PCMCIA memory card (rear side here). The serial and the DC sockets, without covers. The battery compartment of the Newton. The back of the battery compartment cover. The Newton power adapter. The VHS cassette in the package.


Some of the docs that came with the HP 320LX: 1, 2 and 3. The Get Started sheet’s front and rear page. The HP box half-closed with the docking station. The HP’s CF slot protector (on the right), compared to that of the h2210 (the latter is definitely better designed; the former is very fragile). The same setting, now with the dummy SD card of the Zire71 in the middle (the h2210, unfortunately, lacks this).


The Psion Organizer, its mains supply and the comlink cable. The serial connector of the Psion at the top and when the cable is inserted (second pic).The two additional module slots on the side.