Josh Clark @globalmoxie launched a campaign to Ban Buttons back in April. Well, I say ban buttons. More a total rethink of the computer interface, where once-necessary hardware hacks are swiped aside so that primary content is the control.
As he points out, deprogramming the layer of old hardwired hardware hack habits will take some doing. Yet it is intuitively the way to go: “Just watch a toddler use an iPad”.
But, and this is a tricky one, I like buttons. You know where you are with buttons, literally. I put it down to a bad touchscreen experience (“it was something I touched”). I am tired of fumbling mis-types. I want to press and know that I've pressed without having to look.
Maybe this is the problem: fake touchscreen buttons are the worst of both worlds, and something subtler, like the innovative-looking Swype for Android, is called for.