GTA03 case should incorporate stylus holder
feydreva at lsu.fr
Fri Jun 6 01:34:11 CEST 2008
a stylus is a another thing to loose... I do NOT want to be Dependant on a
On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM, Stroller <linux.luser at myrealbox.com> wrote:
> On 5 Jun 2008, at 18:46, Michael 'Mickey' Lauer wrote:
> > On Thursday 05 June 2008 18:04:32 Stroller wrote:
> >> On 5 Jun 2008, at 15:38, Ron K. Jeffries wrote:
> >>> Can the revised case for GTA03 *please* be designed
> >>> to hold a stylus?
> >> Nooooooo!
> >> Stylii are EVIL!
> >> If I can't operate an app with my fingers, then there's no place for
> >> that app on my mobile phone!
> > A stylus is inevitable given a certain combination of application
> > type and
> > physical display size.
> > That doesn't mean that we will not write all our apps finger-
> > compatible (we
> > also hate stylii),
> I think what you're saying there is that 1st-party apps will be
> finger-compatible, but that "ported" applications are not sure to be
> optimised for finger use.
> > _but_ being an open device, we should not lock out people
> > who _need_ to have lots of tiny stuff on their screen hence need to
> > operate
> > with a stylus.
> If the Openmoko dream is a beautiful, consistent interface that
> doesn't need a stylus, then including a slot for one is kinda an
> admission of defeat.
> Surely most end-users are - in the long-term future of Openmoko -
> going to use mostly the preinstalled applications, or the "core
> distro" and only add one or two extra applications. Sure, developers
> of those additional apps are going to need stylii, as they compile
> Thunderbird for ARM architecture and the buttons are really tiny,
> but the aim of applications coming-on-board to Openmoko should surely
> to be finger-capable.
> Including a stylus holder just allows developers to say, "oh, fingers
> don't matter".
> There are a dozen "smartphones" out there that I can buy now with
> tiny little touchscreens that need a stylus, but these are used only
> by geeks. The majority of people buy still buy phones with a number
> pad and some kind of navigating aid (a tiny wheel, or joystick nub,
> or up-down-left-right arrow buttons). Why is this? Probably because
> people like using their fingers to access their phone. I know this is
> an old, and perhaps divisive, debate, where never the twain will
> meet, but Openmoko has a great opportunity here to make a phone that
> combines power with ease-of-use. Enable anyone to install extra apps
> on their phone, and *anyone* to use it. A fiddly stylus just makes
> the device less accessible.
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