Newton Message Pad

Newton Message Pad, I had several, and the last one looked like that one, in the picture.

Here’s the odd factoid: the message pad, upper right corner? Speaker. Lower left corner? Microphone. So this was a device that could’ve served as a telephony handset, after a fashion. Certainly less clunky than the first “cell” phones, no?

Chronicled elsewhere, I had a “cellular modem” and exactly one time, I sat in a regional Texas airport, waiting on connecting flights, and I submitted material for publication.

I’m thinking the modem was relatively expensive, and while it worked, it wasn’t the most effective way to transmit e-mail. Still, an interesting technology token, in its time.