Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 14th Sep 2010 13:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Nokia might not be gaining a lot of mindshare in the smartphone world with its Symbian operating system, but fact of the matter is that Symbian is still the most popular smartphone operating system in the world - by a long shot. Today, Nokia officially unveiled three new smartphones that will run the latest iteration of the mobile platform, Symbian^3.
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RE[2]: I wish it ran Android
by spiderman on Tue 14th Sep 2010 17:54 UTC in reply to "RE: I wish it ran Android"
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23


And defending the stylus? Nokia won't even defend the stylus, they know they need to get rid of it and are moving towards multi-touch as quick as they can. They're just way behind. Unless the stylus is being used to actually draw or write, it's just a cop-out way to make a mouse-based interface work with our stubby, imprecise human fingers.
No, sorry but the stylus is definitely a plus. You are not forced to use it. It does not replace the mouse and is not meant to. Try Maemo on the N900 and see how handy the stylus is. You don't use it to open an app or to scroll. You use it for Xournal and for apps that require precision. Xournal is definitely not possible on device without a stylus. You still use your finger to scroll and to access menus. Multi-touch is nice but it does not replace the stylus.

Edited 2010-09-14 17:56 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The presence of a stylus does require a resistive screen, which is less responsive to touch than capacitive. For the vast majority of people that would like to have a ui that does not require the use of a stylus, this is not a good trade off.

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RE[4]: I wish it ran Android
by spiderman on Tue 14th Sep 2010 21:30 in reply to "RE[3]: I wish it ran Android"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

In the ideal world you would have a multi-touch screen that work well with a stylus. Indeed there is a trade off, but it is a good trade off for many people, including myself. Resistive touch screen has many advantages over capacitive, especially in mobile computing.

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RE[3]: I wish it ran Android
by tony on Wed 15th Sep 2010 13:31 in reply to "RE[2]: I wish it ran Android"
tony Member since:
2005-07-06

"
And defending the stylus? Nokia won't even defend the stylus, they know they need to get rid of it and are moving towards multi-touch as quick as they can. They're just way behind. Unless the stylus is being used to actually draw or write, it's just a cop-out way to make a mouse-based interface work with our stubby, imprecise human fingers.
No, sorry but the stylus is definitely a plus. You are not forced to use it. It does not replace the mouse and is not meant to. Try Maemo on the N900 and see how handy the stylus is. You don't use it to open an app or to scroll. You use it for Xournal and for apps that require precision. Xournal is definitely not possible on device without a stylus. You still use your finger to scroll and to access menus. Multi-touch is nice but it does not replace the stylus. "

If you lost the stylus, would you lose significant usability on the phone?

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RE[4]: I wish it ran Android
by spiderman on Wed 15th Sep 2010 14:50 in reply to "RE[3]: I wish it ran Android"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


If you lost the stylus, would you lose significant usability on the phone?

If I lost the stylus, I could replace it with anything that has a sharp edge, is not corrosive and can be handled in one hand. So I would not loose any usability at all.
Anyway, if I had no stylus at all I would indeed loose significant usability. Xournal would suck without a stylus. I could still use the phone app, watch movies or surf the web without loosing much though. I could still use the phone like other phones that do not have a stylus. I would definitely loose the extra usability brought by the stylus.

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