For drawing and other fine work, a stylus for the iPad doesn't sound like too bad an idea.
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Apple's iPad launches in a sea of excitement, but it's crippled from birth by family history
Back in the days when I had a dedicated Grafitti area on my Palm OS devices I discovered an alternative text entry method (2002 to be exact) that was designed with overlays that you placed on top of the Grafitti area. This text entry method was optimized for stylus entry to minimize the distance you had to travel to enter text since QWERTY keyboards are designed for two handed computer entry. Exideas developed the MessagEase form of text entry that has allowed me to enter text accurately and quickly on various Palm and Pocket PC devices over the years. They have now developed and launched an iPhone solution in case you want to use something other than the default QWERTY keyboard provided by Apple.
We have now taken a look at the iPhone 3G 3.0 and the Palm Pre, HTC Magic, and BlackBerry Storm. The iPhone, Pre, Magic, and Storm all have capacitive touch screens and the last one in my series with such a display is the Samsung OmniaHD. The Samsung OmniaHD (aka i8910) is the first S60-powered capacitive touch screen device following the Nokia 5800 and N97 resistive touch screen S60 devices. The use of capacitive displays generally makes for a better user experience, except when looking to use handwriting recognition or small stylus-optimized keyboards. The OmniaHD is also one of only a few S60 devices made by Samsung. Let's take a look at how the Samsung OmniaHD stacks up to the iPhone 3G running the 3.0 OS.
S60 will be adding touch to their platform this year with the first devices scheduled for late 2008. I had a chance to check out the S60 interface that was running on a PC. While touch is probably necessary since the iPhone, Microsoft and Symbian UIQ all have it, I have to say it is not that exciting to me and is just S60 that can be navigated with a finger or stylus. Microsoft has had touch for several years and while there are many fans, it hasn't seem to have taken off because it requires more than just touch to compel people to use touch. It is still early in the development of S60 touch so we may see much more than what the preview video shows when devices actually hit the street.
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