This device was pretty much a surprise when it was announced last year; it kind of blind-sided everyone. Not that that’s a bad thing. People were just initially confused as to why it even needed to exist, though it quickly became clear why. And now we wonder why it didn’t exist sooner. If you’re into this kinda of gadget, chances are you have one—or a variation of one. I mean, come on: this is one of the most identifiable devices ever created. It doesn’t take any special knowledge to guess.
When this device came out, it sported an unusual design, and glaringly lacked an important feature that made its older brother stand out. However, it was a feature I’m sure many gamers could take or leave, to be honest. Frankly, I’d leave it (though I don’t own either of these). Holding this device yesterday, it was actually much smaller than I thought it would be, but it still felt really great, and I imagine it’s great on trips. Better than other mobile devices.
This company tends to take chances, and is always thinking outside of the box. Sure, it could play it safe—the company’s decisions haven’t always paid off. But that’s what makes its products unique, and it offers some of the best content out there, which is what keeps people coming back. Even though some of its stuff might not make immediate sense, there’s always a reason for them. If anything, you wouldn’t see some of its rivals coming out with the same stuff. In that regard, it’s one of the many reasons why we continue to love this company, even if it might be past its prime.
Last week’s Guess the Device was Apple’s Newton MessagePad.