Tales from The Next Bench: Jornada 420

jornada Launched in February 1999, the Jornada 420 was HP's first pocket-size PC, and it was one of the first Microsoft Windows CE pocket-size PCs boasting a color screen. Weighing 8.81 ounces and measuring 5.1 inches by 3.2 inches by 0.9 inches, it sure was a handful. In a good way. That crisp color screen was obviously the star. Whether you used the stylus on the touch screen or the shortcut buttons lining the 420, you’d keep going back to that display. And when you just wanted to read a document or email, a clear protective screen cover would flip into place so that you couldn’t accidentally tap the touchscreen surface. It doesn't seem like that long ago, but we've come a long way.

HP’s First Handheld Computer: HP-75C

HP-75C Long before you had netbooks and proper PDAs, HP introduced its first handheld computer in 1982. It was tiny – we’re talking 10- by 5- by 1-inches. To put that in perspective, that’s about the size of a magazine. (You remember what those look like, right?) It packed a whopping 48K ROM and 16K RAM (and three ROM expansion ports), the HP-75C ran BASIC and VisiCalc. Back then, it was a number of things – including one of the earliest organizers. The appointment alarm mode would let you set one of 10 alarms styles (like the ever-so-popular “A short chirp” or the more hardcore “A series of eight siren sounds”) and attach a text file to the alarm.

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