Check out this video showing the Apple Newton taking on the Apple iPhone 6

Check out this video showing the Apple Newton taking on the Apple iPhone 6
One of Apple's biggest commercial failures was its Newton PDA. You don't need an apple to fall off a tree and hit you in the noggin to understand that when it was released in 1987, Newton was quite an ambitious project for the tech titan. Two decades later, Apple introduced its most successful commercial device, the Apple iPhone.

The video embedded below shows a sentence being typed on the Apple iPhone 6, while someone else writes the same sentence using a Newton MessagePad 2000, which featured handwriting recognition. So which device is faster? Does the finger using the virtual QWERTY on the iPhone 6 perform faster than a stylus being used on an "ancient" PDA?

The sentence being written, "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country," is completed faster on the iPhone, but not by as many seconds as you might think. It certainly shows that in hindsight, the Newton could be considered ahead of its time with some of its features. We should point out that the PDA running Newton OS 2.1, could change orientation from portrait to landscape. That capability was also baked into the original iPhone all those years later.

The Apple iPhone vs. the Apple Newton. Check out the heavyweight battle yourself by tapping on the video below.

source: Wohba, r/Gadgets  via Gizmodo

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1. AlikMalix unregistered

I want that pen on my new iPhone.... I want what Note 4 has, but I dont want Android (let alone - Touch Wiz)....

6. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, that's just your own fanboyishm doing the talk. If you need a pen the note is the way to go

7. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Not fanboyism, he clearly just prefers ios. Doesn't make him a fanboy. I'd also like something similar to the s-pen for when my 6+ comes in, but I like having an iPhone as my personal phone so switching for a pen doesnt make much sense for me.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

My buddy has a note 4, I love the pen and its functions, but the rest of the phone UI, bloat, "features" are overwhelming if I wanted to be nice. way too much bloat, way too much redundant software (who wants s-voice instead of Google Now?). Look it's a nice phone for those that prefer android (it's a great phone) but it's too much functions for a small screen - it is unnecessary for real day to day tasks. I like the Note 4 - the build is fantastic, even that fake leather in the back feels nice, it was quick to use (except waiting for photos to load and I'm sorry, but the little milliseconds between menu and app switching is a bit of a turn off). My problem is: I like iOS. I like iTunes software. I like FaceTime, iMessage, Apple maps, the things that make me a huge fan of Apple products and software. I also have different pens and pencils for iOS - love to draw and sketch, but Note 4 pen is better (but that's the only thing I like. Call me a fanboy, I don't care, I see what I like and I see what I don't like - and I say it how it is. That s-prn is great - but I want that on iOS. Hopefully Apple can sue Samsung out of that wonderful pen - lol, I'm kidding - but maybe cross licensing would be a solution.

20. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

You're so full of garbage it's not funny and you're nitpicking for the sake of arguing against non-iOS products that are seen as to Apple's line up. The navigating experience of the Note 4 is top par.

25. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

He is "full of garbage" for sharing his opinion? Okay, time for you to go away now.

26. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

he basicly is. if u have an iphone, u DONT need a damn pen. it would be useless to you as u cant do anything usefel on ios anyway

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

From this websites fanboys logic and how things usually run here in the comments sections, I guess it would not be unjust for me to say that the Galaxy Note "copied" Apple (let alone others [Palm, etc]).

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

But no.....fanboy logic says a product thats a failure...doesnt count. Remember its only after Apple makes it popular that it counts. I give Apple props for the Newton alot.

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I should have said Apple, iPhone fanboy.

3. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

I like the newton :)

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I wouldn't hesitate to say that the Newton was much farther ahead of it's time than the iPhone 6...

9. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

And faster / less lag than most non-benchmark Android phones. Yep, we're right :)

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, a guy gives respect to an Apple product and you basically turn around and spit in his face. Apparently all the money and intelligence required to buy an iPhone doesn't buy class as well.

8. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Wow, the newton was way ahead of its time...I didn't know it worked that well 0.0

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

At least if Apple did offer a standard pen, there would be tons of apps that would support it. And those apps would have good import/export, so drawings and such could be easily used on a Mac. Samsung has done a great job with the S-Pen hardware, but a mediocre job, at least, with building a high quality apps ecosystem around the S-Pen. For example, the export from S-Note is miserable. What I've made on my Note 3 and Note 8 is basically dead content. I'm not buying another S-Pen device until Samsung has export to a variety of vector drawing apps/formats.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude, somewhere deep I may have considered a Note 4 - for the s-pen: but can u elaborate on this export thing. Why it's a big deal? Thanks.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

So S-Note gives you the ability to make all sorts of drawing, sketches, outlines, journals, etc. by drawing using the S-Pen. I've made hundreds of documents over the past few years. Now let's say you want to edit what you made using a vector drawing program on the PC or Mac. There is no high fidelity vector format export, just "save as PDF". So if I want to use Illustrator or Sketch or some other tool, I would have to try and import that PDF. Which doesn't work well, if at all. If S-Note exported to all the standard app formats, then it would be a nice complement to what people have on their PC or Mac. Just export the rough sketch you made on your Note to Illustrator on your PC or Mac and turn it into something really nice, for example. As it is right now, Samsung doesn't offer good export, so content is essentially stuck on the device. I've mostly stopped using S-Note/S-Pen because of this. As much as I hate being in Apple's closed universe, if Apple comes out with a tablet that supports a high resolution Wacom pen, then I'll move to that. I'm tired of waiting for Samsung to get serious about functionality and to stop with all the shallow features and gimmicks.

14. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Right you are. Did you try CorrelDraw?

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I didn't try importing with CorelDraw. I don't have that around anymore. There may be some Mac/PC app that can do a better job importing S-Note's exported PDF files, but I haven't found it.

15. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

What makes you think that Apple will make you able to export your files, you can do nothing on apples iPads and so on like that now

16. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

iOS 8

21. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"What makes you think that Apple will make you able to export your files, you can do nothing on apples iPads and so on like that now" For many reasons, including the fact that Apple has a vested interest in the creative community and Samsung doesn't. Let's also remember that with "continuity" Apple is making a big push to be able to work on content across devices and Macs. For a pen-based device, this couldn't work without support of the pen-based content on the Mac.

18. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Apple fanboys: See? Told you Apple invented the first Touchscreen phone! Guy that knows about tech: You didn't realize it had a stylus. FlashBack: Steve Jobs: Who wants a stylus!

19. plantman60

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

the Palm OS (Graffiti) was a bit faster than the Newton, would love to see it against a virtual qwerty keyboard.

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Keep in mind that Palm didn't recognize normal handwriting. They had their own little stroke language called Graffiti that one had to learn and you had to input your text in a special section of the screen. It was done well, but not quite comparable to the Newton.

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