Treo Keybord vs iPhone touchscreen

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Wow - that's a pretty wonky comparison.

"OK now I'm going to compare the device I'm holding to one I've only ever seen in picture. I think it's pretty clear that in terms of usability, that the device I'm holding comes out on top".

I have my doubts about the day in/day out usability of the iphone but ya know, I like to base my evaluation on user experience rather than.. em.. guess work based on a jpeg image and a sorta-maybe-wellnotreally emulation program running on the device I'm holding.

it's old-fashioned I know...
 

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Wow - that's a pretty wonky comparison.

"OK now I'm going to compare the device I'm holding to one I've only ever seen in picture. I think it's pretty clear that in terms of usability, that the device I'm holding comes out on top".

I have my doubts about the day in/day out usability of the iphone but ya know, I like to base my evaluation on user experience rather than.. em.. guess work based on a jpeg image and a sorta-maybe-wellnotreally emulation program running on the device I'm holding.

it's old-fashioned I know...
Shame on you. You'll the place a good name with a sensible approach like that :)
 

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i agree. i want to try typing on the iphone myself before passing judgement. i will also say that the issue of the virtual keyboard has been my one and only question mark since its announcement. right now, i have to look at the keyboard to some degree whether typing on my Treo or Pearl.
 

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Don't get me wrong - the iphone could be awful the worst phone for usability ever but that's not to be determined using an entirely different device using a skin emulator.
 

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I have my doubts about the day in/day out usability of the iphone but ya know, I like to base my evaluation on user experience rather than.. em.. guess work based on a jpeg image and a sorta-maybe-wellnotreally emulation program running on the device I'm holding.

You don't need to have used an iPhone to know what touching buttons on a screen feels like compared to pressing real buttons ;) Obviously knowing how usable the UI is would have to wait until a hands on demo.
 

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What do you all think if the iPhone were a slider? Choice to use a keyboard/keypad or not? Obviously they'd have to change the length of the screen, otherwise the phone would be too long open, but that might have stopped the "we can't live without a keyboard or keypad" problem.
 

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Diva,

Since the iPhone's announcement, I have been using my fingers on my Treo 650 touchscreen, which of course is much smaller than iPhone's screen, to determine if dialing alone will be a problem for me when the iPhone arrives. Previously, I have been a keyboard user. Surprisingly, it's been okay. In the mix of things, Apple is claiming to have improved the touchscreen technology with "multi-touch" -- in the end that might be okay to convert to iPhone.

What do you all think if the iPhone were a slider? Choice to use a keyboard/keypad or not? Obviously they'd have to change the length of the screen, otherwise the phone would be too long open, but that might have stopped the "we can't live without a keyboard or keypad" problem.
 

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Why so grim? Why so gloom? Why so doom? If you are right, that there is little to be excited about with iPhone, in June 2007, then we will post a thread titled:

SURUR WAS RIGHT! And then we'll all run back and cling to our HTCs and Treos much tighter.


Wow! Rabid Apple fans there. Poor Andrew!

Surur
 

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What do you all think if the iPhone were a slider? Choice to use a keyboard/keypad or not? Obviously they'd have to change the length of the screen, otherwise the phone would be too long open, but that might have stopped the "we can't live without a keyboard or keypad" problem.

They keyboard is not the biggest problem with the IPhone. One is the closed application system, and secondly, the arrogance of Apple and its supporters.

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Why so grim? Why so gloom? Why so doom? If you are right, that there is little to be excited about with iPhone, in June 2007, then we will post a thread titled:

SURUR WAS RIGHT! And then we'll all run back and cling to our HTCs and Treos much tighter.

By then a lot of damage will have been done. Share price of Palm, HTC and even Motorola have taken a slump. People are holding of purchasing proper smartphones like the Blackjack due to this unjustified hype. Real products are being measured against Apple's lies. Its the PS3 all over again - lots of hype, but ultimately doomed to poor delivery.

I am glad an increasing backlash is starting against the device. Hopefully by the time it launches people who buy the IPhone will look similar idiots to the people who paid for an overpriced, gimmicky PS3 with ironically also no 3rd party software of note.

Surur
 

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Honestly I bet the average consumer really just saw the iPhone hype in passing. TV quit talking about it over the weekend from what I've seen. Only us "techie" people keep talking about it.

Are people really drooling over the iPhone or just the few who post on tech boards?
 

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They keyboard is not the biggest problem with the IPhone. One is the closed application system, and secondly, the arrogance of Apple and its supporters.

Surur

I think it can be a HUGE problem. Screen durability and possibilty of the screen shorting out eventually from all that touching. God forbid someone drops the iPhone!! Will the screen break or get all wacky when you try to use it again?
 

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Honestly I bet the average consumer really just saw the iPhone hype in passing. TV quit talking about it over the weekend from what I've seen. Only us "techie" people keep talking about it.

The average consumer does not buy smartphones. Its the techies that are waiting with baited breath.

Surur
 

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