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  A pocket-sized device using controls on the edge of the device, leaving the face for display purposes only.  

"Sixty-three," he said. Congressman Brant lifted his eyebrows. "Is that right?"

"Check it for yourself, Congressman."

The congressman took out his pocket computer, nudged the milled edges twice, looked at its face as it lay there in the palm of his hand, and put it back.

Technovelgy from The Feeling of Power, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Worlds of Science Fiction in 1958
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See also the entry for pocket computer from this story, a very early reference.

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