Survey about the Touchscreen

Anton Persson don.juanton at
Fri Nov 21 16:23:20 CET 2008

Novelty-factor? Have you ever used an iPhone for a longer period? I know
people who own one now ,  and they would _NEVER_ turn back to anything like
stylus controlled device, again. I really would _LOVE_ an iPhone, if it came
Free Software...

But the "novelty factor"-argument has been used before... Like when the
started to be more generally available.. "It's just a novelty for the guys
at Wall Street."..
Yeah right... How many of you have cut of the land-line and gone 100%
mobile? I have,
and there's no looking back. Sure, there was benefits like a lower price per
minute, but
that's all gone now, almost.. It's certainly not worth the difference any
more, and the cell
has so many more pro's than the landline...

It's the same with the resistive vs capacitive approach, as I see it. There
is only one
pro with the resistive one, and that's an extremely low pro.. Especially if
there is indeed
a stylus, albeit with a rather big tip. For the argument that you can use a
smaller display
if you use a stylus, yeah that's true.. But the OpenMoko looks very poor
with such a small
display and a HUGE area of NOTHING around it, which could have been used for
purposes instead.

   Best regards
     Anton Persson

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 4:05 PM, Tilman Baumann <tilman at> wrote:

> Anton Persson wrote:
> > Less capable in which way? We just saw that you CAN use a stylus with
> > a capacitive screen, if you really need that. What other arguments are
> there
> > for a resistive screen?
> This stylus is not much smaller than a finger tip.
> I will not say that capacitive is bad, but it is certainly a much bigger
>  challenge for gui development. I'm not sure we are ready for this...
> And I'm not convinced that a iphone like system is the right platform
> for a really versatile smartphone.
> I'm convinced that people will start to see the iphone UI as a
> limitation when the novelty factor waers off.
> We should take the best from the iphone (good productive finger
> controlled apps) but we should not totally commit to this.
> And I'm not sure that multi touch is really so important and the low res
> touch sensitivity of the iphone started to anoy me really fast.
> Text input on a iphone is better than T9, but not really good.
> We need a bigger screen that's for sure.
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