I started collecting handheld computers ‘officially’ in 2016, after I realized the piles of gear I’ve collected over the years constituted a small museum.
It’s easy for a collection to get out of hand. There’s so much stuff out there, and ebay is so vast, it’s important to put limits on what you’re putting together. For me, I have a limited amount of space, so focusing on handheld machines made it possible to build a collection, but not take up gobs of space.
To be considered for the Vintage Handheld Computer Collection, a device must be:
- a ‘computer’ in the sense it is programmable and can run pre-loaded or configured instructions in sequence.
- must run on or be capable of running on internal batteries
- be a ‘handheld’ in that it can be used one handed or very lightly with two hands (such as a tablet or PDA). This definition can flex dependent on the ‘interestingness’ of the item.
- should predate Windows 95
- be significant in some way – represent a new direction of technology or tools (first / early version), or have a large scale impact on the handheld ecosystem (most popular / most successful)
- Sharp Zaurus SL-5500
- Apple Newton 2000
- Apple Newton Messagepad 110 (Not on display)
- Original first generation Palmpilot
- Palm Treo 650
- Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100
- Toshiba Libretto 100CT (Acquired 9/30/2017)
- Psion Organiser II (Acquired 10/2/2017)
- Psion Series 3a (Acquired 10/2/2017)
- TRS-80 PC-1 Pocket Computer (Acquired 10/3/2017)
- Cambridge Computer Z88 Laptop Computer (Acquired 10/16/2017)
- HP 95LX Palmtop PC
- Atari Lynx
- Curta Model 1 or Model 2
- HP-65 Calculator (First programmable calculator)
- HP-41C Calculator (First programmable with alphanumeric display)
- Psion Organizer I
- Psion Series 5x
- Grid GridPad – First useful tablet computer