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Issues with Touchscreen Smart Phones

In my opinion, I always thought that the built-in computer mice, typically called touchpads or trackpads, are horrible user interfaces because of their imprecision and difficulty to use, thus I've always considered them horrible waste of time to use. Their only advantages are portability and built-in integration, yet I still carry a regular mouse with my laptop where ever I go.

Now, it appears that smart phones have similar problems. The new trend is for smart phones to be only touchscreens.

The first problem is that touchscreen smart phones are too easy to accidentally press a button or two. For instance, I often accidentally press some button when I place my phone in the holster.

The second problem with touchscreens is that they are not precise. I often have to press a single button several times to activate it. I think some parts of the screen are more sensitive than other parts of the screen.

The third problem is with the virtual keyboards. First, these keyboards take up too much of the screens' display. Second, these keyboards are a lot slower to use than a traditional keyboard, especially if you send emails or text messages a lot. That is why I still prefer smart phones with real separate keyboards. Even a tiny keyboard is better than a virtual keyboard, in my opinion.

And finally, the last problem with touchscreens is input selection. When I am surfing the Internet, the touchscreen does not always recognize when I am trying to press a button versus trying to select a drop down menu.

As a result and in my opinion, I think all touchscreen-only smart phones have a lot of room for improvement.

by Phil for Humanity
on 20120301

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