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That’s right, a brand new Apple Newton — based on the ARM 610 RISC processor w/handwriting recognition — sold for $229 on eBay. Auction page. For those who haven’t already seen, check out the Newton getting started video after the jump.

Original Apple Computer, Inc. “Apple Newton MessagePad 100” PDA designed for use with both the vintage Mac and vintage PC win computers. still tightly sealed in its original Apple box, mint and as new as can be. also includes as a bonus an original Newton “fingertip for golf” software package tightly shrink-wrapped in original box as pictured

[via Wikipedia]

The Apple Newton was one of the first PDAs to hit the market. It was “based on the ARM 610 RISC processor, and featured handwriting recognition. Apple’s official name for the device was “MessagePad”; the term “Newton” was Apple’s name for the operating system it used, but popular usage of the word Newton has grown to include the device and its software together.” Video after the jump.

…Newton project was not originally intended to produce a PDA. The PDA category did not exist for most of Newton’s genesis, and the “personal digital assistant” term itself was coined relatively late in the development cycle by Apple’s then-CEO John Sculley, the driving force behind the project. Newton was intended to be a complete reinvention of personal computing, similar to the modern tablet PC

MobilitySite demonstrates the HP iPaq rx4540 “Mobile Media Companion”. This device sports a 2.8-inch wide touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and a host of productivity applications. Video after the jump.

LaptopMag reviews the HP iPaq rx5900 travel companion. This Windows Mobile 5.0-powered device sports a 400MHz Samsung SC32442 processor, 3.5-inch QVGA touchscreen display, 2GB of Flash memory, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, 64MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, and an SDIO slot. Here’s the verdict:

If you travel often and want something to replace your GPS, PDA, and MP3 player, we highly recommended this all-in-one gadget

[via LaptopMag]

S-XGen by Seamless Wifi is a full featured Windows CE 5.0-powered PDA/UMPC. Featuring a 520MHz Intel Xscale processor, 4.25-inch screen, 128MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, 802.11b Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced.

There’s also an SD card slot inside the 6.5 x 3.8 x 1.1-inch form factor and a purported 8 hours of battery life

[via engadget]

The rx5915 is HP’s latest “Travel Companion”, offering a built-in SiRF Star III GPS receiver for navigating on long road trips. This device also features a 400MHz Samsung processor, 3.5-inch QVGA touchscreen display, 2GB of Flash memory, 64MB RAM, Bluetooth 2.0, and an SDIO slot. Expect to shell out $600 for the rx5915 when it’s released. [via engadget]

HP unveils the iPAQ rx4000, its latest Mobile Media Companion. This Windows Mobile 5.0-powered device sports a 2.8-inch wide touchscreen display, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and a host of productivity applications. Expect to shell out $300 for the rx4000 when it’s released. No word yet on availability. [via engadget]

Akihabara News gives us a hands-on look at LG’s PM800 PDA. Notable features include a built-in DMB TV tuner and TPEG support. Video after the jump.

TPEG, which stands for Transport Protocol Experts Group, lets the PM800 display GPS-obtained traffic information without any additional hardware

[via AkihabaraGizmodo]