Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Mar 2009 23:31 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless With the mobile operating system market heating up with the upcoming launch of Palm's webOS and version 3.0 of the iPhone's operating system, it pays to take a good look at how the various mobile platforms compare to one another. This is exactly what Engadget has done.
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Comment by pcunite
by pcunite on Sat 21st Mar 2009 17:09 UTC
pcunite
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2008-08-26

I know we choose our phones as an expression of how we like to get work done. For me, it is the BlackBerry 8320 (to be replaced by the 8900 when it comes to AT&T).

Physical keyboard I can easily use while riding (passenger) in a car on a bumpy road.

Physical keyboard allows access to keyboard shortcuts so I don't spend time finding touch points on a screen.

Physical keyboard so that I can start dialing immediately, not tyring to find the keyboard/phone application.

When I don't want my keyboard, voice activation makes it a treat to place a call.

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RE: Comment by pcunite
by helf on Sat 21st Mar 2009 18:53 in reply to "Comment by pcunite"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

Amen. I've played with multiple touchscreen only phones, and while neat for some tasks, they cant compete with a hardware keyboard for *MY* uses.

I finally played with a touchscreen only WM6.1 phone and it... sucked. Bad. I can honestly see why people bitch about WM phones, finally. I've only ever used Treos and my first WM phone was my Treo 800w, and its amazingly quick and easy to use with all its extra buttons and proper display drivers.

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RE[2]: Comment by pcunite
by mkone on Tue 24th Mar 2009 22:47 in reply to "RE: Comment by pcunite"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

Amen. I've played with multiple touchscreen only phones, and while neat for some tasks, they cant compete with a hardware keyboard for *MY* uses.

I finally played with a touchscreen only WM6.1 phone and it... sucked. Bad. I can honestly see why people bitch about WM phones, finally. I've only ever used Treos and my first WM phone was my Treo 800w, and its amazingly quick and easy to use with all its extra buttons and proper display drivers.


I think touch screen devices are capable of so much more than most Windows Mobile devices would have you believe. Most WM devices have either very small screens, which makes them useless for finger navigation, or really badly thought out interfaces, making them clumsy at best to use.

They suffer from trying to force the Windows desktop paradigm into the mobile space. I have an iPod touch, and am actually pleasantly surprised at how a touch interface can be made to work very intuitively. It's also extremely important to have a large screen by the way. Small screens and touch interfaces don't mix.

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