The original palm pilot is 18 years old, and the original Newton is 22 years old.
Yeah yeah, I didn't bother to look up the timescale this time, but I got all the other particulars correct.
Though Palm required you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, it had simpler strokes that were faster to enter, and it allowed more differentiation between characters by the device, and higher accuracy.
Actually, Palm originally didn't require you to learn a modified alphabet in the form of Graffiti, on the Zoomer. That was what was so inexplicable about Graffiti. Making it the only input method was a bit odd.
In any case, I visited Palm before the Pilot even hit the streets, I had a friend who knew those guys. And I had a Zoomer and I still have a GRiDPad 2390, although it doesn't quite work properly.