It was 1983, and I was in gadget lust like I've never known.
No matter it cost about 1/20th of my annual salary then, and I had no real need, I had to have it.
It was the lightest computer around. It weighed about 1/8th of the other hot, portable computer at the time did. That's a better ratio than an iPad to a laptop!
It had a state of the art non-CRT display, like the iPad.
It had connectivity.
It ran for a long time on batteries. Unlike the iPad, the batteries were easily replaceable AA batteries. And it could get 20 hours to a set of batteries, not the iPad's paltry-by-comparison 10 hours.
It had a real keyboard, not an on-screen one.
It could print. Try that on your iPad.
It had arrow keys. You won't find those on your iPad.
It had the iPad's cool factor. I'd use it on BART and draw a crowd.
Reporters loved it. It was the first PC they could carry with them on stories. Globe trotting journalists were submitting stories via it in no time.
I'm talking about the Radio Shack Model 100, made by Kyocera. I still have it. Probably always will. Its cool to look at still.