Survey about the Touchscreen

Anton Persson don.juanton at
Sat Nov 22 08:49:26 CET 2008


I think this is the best argument for the need of a precision stylus yet.

However, as I see it, if you make this argument it means that you want
a phone that works just like your desktop computer, but which you can
carry along easily.. Maybe an EeePC is better suited?

The current OpenMoko compromise is not suitable for running a spreadsheet
application or a word processor. If you want those applications then you
need to have some sort of keyboard. When the Ilume keyboard is active
you only have perhaps 60% left of the screen. That means your application
only have _half_ a VGA display. This practically eliminates the pro that
here have been bringing up, the full VGA display. Then add the fact that
using the Ilume keyboard with a spreadsheet is, well, daunting. I can't
imagine the pain
I would feel if I had to go through that ordeal.

So yes, the current situation makes it easy to _run_ ye old' X applications
we all love on the desktop... But _using_ them in this setup.. I don't think

If you think I'm wrong, could you please tell me in which situations you
could use application X or Y on your OpenMoko? And I mean in a situation
where you would not have easy access to your EeePC in your back-pack.

On the other hand, if you add a multi touch capable LCD panel, then you
enable software developers like myself to develop a whole range of new
applications that are _not_ possible on a desktop or on the current
Applications that you will never see on the current OpenMoko.

(I'm still not ruling out the possibility of a multi touch enabled resistive
but I never heard of such a thing...)

    Best regards
       Anton Persson

On Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 1:26 AM, Leonti Bielski <prishelec at> wrote:

> Why do we need capacitive display?
> We still are not going to solve hanging up during the call - because
> capacitive screen does it too - the only way to avoid that is by doing
> it in software.
> Someone said - it will be a good motivation to make programs more
> finger-friendly. What I like about Freerunner is that I can find some
> program, compile it and use it straight on Freerunner. With the
> capacitive screen we can forget about most gtk, fltk apps, just
> because they need stylus to be used. Do we really want to have a
> system that is based on linux, but looks like every other phone
> platform?
> Now imagine we have calc sheet application on the phone. Whis the
> resolution of FR we can see really a lot, and what is important we can
> manipulate cells in it. Can you do it with your finger? (with the
> capacitive touchscreen you can't even use your fingernail).
> What I mean is that  the ability to use other objects to manipulate
> the screen is an advantage, not a disadvantage.
> Leonti
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