Apple Newton vs. Apple iPhone

Posted on December 1, 2009 by

CNET UK has a funny and interesting article comparing Apple’s Newton to it’s successor, the iPhone.

From the article:
Today, we’ve taken the reigning champion, the very same Apple Newton Messagepad, out of retirement to put it up against a brand-new contender. This time, the opposition is no Windows-tainted experiment doomed to failure. Oh no — this time it’s the Newton’s very own grandchild, the iPhone 3GS.

It would be a little unfair to compare the two devices on a like for like basis. One’s a phone, for goodness sake, and one’s a 400-year-old tablet thingy. We’re going to take a relative look at each, focusing on how innovative they were for their respective times.

Today, we’ve taken the reigning champion, the very same Apple Newton Messagepad, out of retirement to put it up against a brand-new contender. This time, the opposition is no Windows-tainted experiment doomed to failure. Oh no — this time it’s the Newton’s very own grandchild, the iPhone 3GS.
It would be a little unfair to compare the two devices on a like for like basis. One’s a phone, for goodness sake, and one’s a 400-year-old tablet thingy. We’re going to take a relative look at each, focusing on how innovative they were for their respective times.
Over the following pages, we’ll compare their designs, screens, applications, reliability, networking skills, and any special powers they may have. Mobile phone guru Flora “I eat farts” Graham will be arguing the iPhone’s cause, and PC expert Rory “shock and awe” Reid will fight for Newtonian pride.

Read the entire article to find out who wins.

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