“Wow!”, “That’s amazing”, “I’d love to have it”, “Wish this was true” – That is the astonishment Hollywood movies present. It leaves us wondering, “will this really happen one day?” Hollywood is the leading hub for all kind of acts. It is a place where you meet world famous actors and actress, portraying their power of imagination. They do it so intuitively and will leave you wanting more and more of their fiction. The one area where fiction turns to reality is the technology introduced through films, and into our minds. Read more »
Today Engadget posted an article that claims many Nexus One customers complain about touchscreen calibration, which is an important element of the graphic user interface (GUI) as well as the user experience in general. As well, labs.moto.com published an interesting report last week comparing the accuracy of touchscreen of various mobile devices. It would seem that Nexus One has issues.
One of the important things is that Nexus shows much better accuracy with medium amount of pressure compared to light pressure. So, if you are a happy owner of a Google phone don’t hesitate to firmly press the screen. Nexus also excels in near the screen edge performance, which might be important when using the features of the free apps that take the entire real estate of the screen.
Here is a video of the test and the full report can be found here
A survey recently conducted (France, Germany and the UK) showed 38% were planning to get a touchscreen on their next mobile phone while only 47% of people who already owned a touchscreen said they would get another one. In other words, less than half of touchscreen owners thought they’d stick with the technology on their next purchase. Apple has a high customer satisfaction rate and since iPhone is the only available device, iPhone users don’t really have a choice.
As a designer I can’t help but love the idea of one surface that becomes what one needs it to be at the moment. I’m not moving back to a physical keyboard. At least on my phone.
I don’t play many games on my iPhone and when I do tactile feedback is not something I miss.
The possibility of tactile feedback was mentioned in the original iPhone patent application and last year Apple filled “Keystroke tactility arrangement on a smooth touch surface” patent. It describes various tactile feedback on a smooth surface keyboard such as:
- Braille-like dot pairs or bars at key centers
- Articulating frame that protrudes at key edges during typing
- Articulating frame that deforms surface cover at key edges during typing
- Rigid frame under key edges with compressible key centers
We may see it implemented in rumoured Apple Tablet Mac that supposedly should surface in next few months. So it looks like touchscreen is going to become smarter and more “user-friendly”.