scroll and usability

Peter Nijs peter at
Tue Jan 13 14:10:28 CET 2009

I think the default keyboard is so small so there aren't any buttons on the 
edge of the screen. In terminal mode, the buttons on the edge are more 
difficult to press than the ones in the middle. I really like the default KB 
the way it is together with a dictionary.


On Tuesday 13 January 2009 11:49:00 Pietro Abate wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> I just want to put forward a couple of usability suggestions.
> From what I noticed, the majority of UI use sliding motions quite
> extesively (for example to switch the keyboard from
> querty/numeric/normal) . In my experience, when I try to slide my finger
> on the display, I don't always succeed to get what I want. I think this
> is a limitation of the hw itself, and we are trying to emulate
> interfaces of other phones (like the iphone) that have a different
> hardware and work much better.
> My suggestion here is to reduce the use of sliding, scrolling whenever
> possible. For example we might have two big buttons to page-up page-down
> (but not scroll-up, scoll-down otherwise we will just have the same
> problem) on the main menu to allow easy access to all applications
> icons. Of course there are other applications where this might not be
> possible without hinder usability (I'm thinking about tangogps for
> example).  However, I think that adopting this general principle will
> make the UI much more responsive and user friendly. There are better
> chances to press a button to flip page, then to slide my finger and
> lunching an application by mistake.
> Another small suggestion is about the keyboard (in general, any
> keyboard). Why do have by default the smallest keyboard in the world,
> when we could have much bigger keys if we rotate the phone in landscape
> mode ?
> I'm thinking when I write an sms. The default should be landscape. Yes,
> maybe you might need to use to hands instead of one, but I don't believe
> you are able to type an sms with the current keyboard just using one
> hand anyway. Most of use use the stilo anyway...
> On the same note about the pin input. Why do I have to switch to the
> numeric keyboard (here I'm talking about om.200x) to input my pin, if
> the application already knows the I need the numeric keyboard ? And why
> should not be able to use directly the big numeric keyboard used in the
> call widget ?
> All in all, I think there should be a number of different keyboard,
> specialized for a specific task (call(numeric), sms(landscape),
> terminal, sms(predictive), etc ) and each application should be able to
> select by default that would be more user friendly for its specific
> task.
> I hope I'm not talking bullshit here. I've been following development
> for a while, but I might have missed something important. Like I never
> tried parioli...
> thanks for listing :)
> pp
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