First, a correction of some details: early Newton models had 4MB of ROM instead of 2MB, and later configurations had up to 32MB. OS-level multitasking was a feature of the product, and fans still debate the handwriting recognition feature - many claim it remains unrivaled, while some cite it as a major flaw. And while I called the Newton a "touch screen" product, users navigated the device with a stylus. Newton enthusiasts from the Newton Talk listserv also took issue with my comments about the poor battery life, large size, and heaviness.
Which leads me to two points I want to make: the purpose of Perspectives, and my own personal background. The Dii Perspectives were never meant to be a comprehensive report on any subject; we provide a concise background, but our strengths lie in an analysis of trends and what that might mean to marketers. While I regret the inaccuracy in some of the technical details in my article, I stand by its "thesis:" despite its innovations, the Newton had several design and user-experience flaws that Apple later corrected with future products (such as the iPad) to great success.
Second, I wanted to discuss my own personal background. As a member of the Millennial generation born in the late 1980s, I was a child when the Newton came out and certainly wasn't aware of the technological advances it represented. Millennials grew up in a world of touch screens, pocket-sized devices, and on-the-go connectivity. To us, the Newton does have a touch screen - you just use a stylus instead of your fingers. And it does seem large and heavy - given that it weighs about the same as three or four iPhones. My generation doesn't even bother to write into our devices and wait for handwriting recognition to kick in - we just speak at them and watch them follow our commands.
Our Perspectives are designed to spark debate, and so I fully appreciate and enjoy all the comments, corrections, and attention this article is receiving. And with that said, feel free to post any further thoughts in the comments!