[NTLK] Know the Competition: Tandy Z-PDA

Alan Grassia alan.grassia at gmail.com
Fri Apr 9 14:07:03 PDT 2021

Hello  Christoph and Newton Friends,

Thanks for sharing.  Those are some nice photos you shared with the group.  I may have to add one of those to my eBay shopping list.  Back in the day, I was pretty deep into Palm OS devices.  Now that I have my Newton working again, I'll need to get a Zoomer for the collection.

Alan Grassia
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On 4/9/21, 1:00 PM, "NewtonTalk on behalf of Christoph" <newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of newtonhonk at posteo.de> wrote:

    Oh, I just read. The Zoomer was the first PDA in 1992. Therefor an year before the MessagePad. But it is still a sluggish device.

    > Am 09.04.2021 um 18:44 schrieb Christoph <newtonhonk at posteo.de>:
    > Hi Folks,
    > I just got a Tandy Z-PDA, also known as Zoomer. It came out in 1993, so it was a direct competitor for our beloved Newton.
    > The device is based on GEOS and apparently runs DOS 3 as a substructure.
    > Interestingly, some software is from Pilot Computing, who later developed the Palm PDA. 
    > The device is terribly slow and you realize what a great performance Apple already delivered with Newton OS 1. 
    > Attached are a few pictures:
    > https://newtonhonk.de/download/zoomer1.jpeg <https://newtonhonk.de/download/zoomer1.jpeg>
    > https://newtonhonk.de/download/zoomer2.jpeg <https://newtonhonk.de/download/zoomer2.jpeg>
    > Cheers Christoph
    > www.newtonhonk.de <http://www.newtonhonk.de/>


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