Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Nov 2012 21:54 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "I was prepared to write that the Windows 8 interface was forcing unnecessary touchscreen controls on people who wouldn't appreciate them, particularly if they were simply grafted onto a traditional laptop. But the more I've used Windows 8, despite its faults, the more I've become convinced that touchscreens are the future - even vertical ones." I can see his point. I, too, have often felt the desire to touch regular and laptop displays, especially when doing things like photo and video.
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RE[3]: Alone
by Kochise on Sat 1st Dec 2012 16:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Alone"
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Point, and sliding your finger, your hand hiding the screen. To that extend, the Android keyboard is one of the worst stuff ever, even in its 4.2.1 Jelly Bean incarnation.

Correctly selecting a portion of text, especially in the edge of the screen/text is getting ridiculously hard.

Placing the cursor with no arrow keys, on a Retina-like display (Nexus 7) is a matter of a quarter of a millimeter. Just your breathing or even your earth beat can make the whole process rather spurious, you have to have sniper's abilities to remove your finger when the cursor, located beneath your finger, is located at the very location you were trying to reach.

Because like I said, with no arrow keys, you have to repeat the whole process just to get the cursor a character back or forth. Stunning that such an incredibly anti ergonomic keyboard is fitted into a mass product is beyond despair.

Not to speak about the auto-correction "features" that do not select the word you are currently typing but almost always select a wrong alternative with characters selected from the opposite side of the keyboard of the one you actually typed in, especially in landscape mode. Unbelievable.


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RE[4]: Alone
by Alfman on Sat 1st Dec 2012 17:02 in reply to "RE[3]: Alone"
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"Correctly selecting a portion of text, especially in the edge of the screen/text is getting ridiculously hard."

I find that to be the case too! URLs can be all but impossible to type, autocorrect doesn't help. Since virtual keyboards aren't touch typed, ones eyes have to leave the text field to look at the keys, but if we only look at the keys and assume the entered text is correct, it becomes a futile task to correct a typo without backing out all the characters after it. The touchscreen is much too blunt of an input device for selecting characters. Sometimes I even think having arrow keys on the keyboard would help text editing.

I fully welcome the reintroduction of the traditional tablets form factors with real keyboards. They were always too expensive, but now with more competitive products we might finally see a real emergence of good hybrid tablets.

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RE[5]: Alone
by Kochise on Sat 1st Dec 2012 18:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Alone"
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I've also bought a little physical BT KB that features these arrow keys.


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