Concern for usability and ergonomics

Ortwin Regel ortwin at
Wed Jun 13 23:37:09 CEST 2007

I agree. Different needs should be addressed in different products,
not everything put into one device. I understand people wanting an
OpenMoko keyboard phone. I don't have any real use for buttons on a
touchscreen phone, though. (Other than for gaming.)


On 6/11/07, Joe Pfeiffer <jjpfeifferjr at> wrote:
> Sean Moss-Pultz writes:
> >
> >On Jun 11, 2007, at 6:36 AM, Miguel A. Torres wrote:
> >>
> >> * Integrated keyboard and directional pads are not mere luxuries,
> >> but necessities. They allow for safe one hand operation while
> >> reducing touchscreen stress. Touchscreens are fragile (get
> >> scratched easily, develop calibration issues over time, etc) and
> >> direct finger use requires constant cleaning.
> While some people regard an integrated keyboard as a necessity, there
> are also those of us who prefer no keyboard.  One of the main reasons
> I never replaced my Samsung I-300 with a Treo is that you can't get a
> Treo without a keyboard.
> It's certainly good to consider those users who regard a keyboard as a
> necessity.  Please don't forget the people who don't agree, though!
> <snip>
> >> Treo is an excellent design in terms of usability. It's been
> >> designed with real people in mind. For example, it provides
> >> hardware volume buttons and a switch to turn the phone mute.
> More buttons, on the other hand, I agree with -- particularly buttons
> that can be used as hardware volume control (notice that's not quite
> the same thing as hardware volume control buttons!  On my Samsung,
> those same buttons work very nicely as scroll buttons when reading
> documents).
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