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When will my Nokia replace my SEIKO??

Posted by Rene C Schutte on September 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM

It seems in the world today we have almost as many makes and models of cell phones to choose from as wrist watches and every day a whole bunch of new ones are available. They twist, slide, vibrate, play music, photos, Internet, and a list as long as my arm of other things that makes Captain Kirk look like he was talking into a cheese grater when asking Scotty to beam him up.

And like with wrist watches you can now have your Motorola covered in diamonds and gold as it reflects as much the Rolex on the wrist in our new sci-fi reality show.

 

Moving from the philosophical to the pragmatic I have personally been a huge fan of Nokia over the last bunch of years, and as such quite excited when reading about the new N900 phone. I was hoping it would finally combine the best of the powerful Nokia E90 with the touch screen interface of the Nokia 5800 Express Music and the screen size of the Apple i-phone.

 

What's been bugging me lately in the "battle between the real keyboard vs the touch screen keyboard" is that somehow the real kb (specifically the sideways kb's) or "landscape" keyboards have less and less buttons and instead we see overly compensated BIG buttons. What gives?

 

Manufacturers seem to be expecting users to use the touch screen together with the landscape keyboard to fully navigate. It is simply inconvenient to have to shift the position of the phone in your hands to highlight and repair a spelling error three words back. It seems it should be possible to make the keyboard bigger on the new N900, like with the E90, or use button sizes between the too-tiny-blackberry buttons vs what now is becoming too big buttons on the Nokias, HTCs and others.


Applying the E90 button size to the N900 model for instance would possibly allow for a mouse to have been added which is so handy when web browsing jumping between web links close to one another even with the lovely big screen Nokia put on this highly appealing N900. Or to use the mouse in conjunction with the Ctrl button to jump words when texting.

 

For now my E90 is still tops, with the 5800 ExpressMusic a close second but I would most likely upgrade to the N900 once it's available.

 

I have said it before and will say it again quoting from the movie the Matrix, "What good is a phone Mr. Anderson, if you cannot speak?" and in this case speak is texting. IMHO where phone meets PC, real tactile slide out qwerty keyboards's rule thumbs down.

 

 


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12 Comments

Reply Andre
3:57 PM on September 21, 2009 
Being a proud Apple i-Phone owner, my previous smarthpone was a Treo, and I must agree that having a real keyboard does give you more control.
But as with all things, one gets used to what one uses, and it is quite handy to have the "virtual keyboard" onscreen where you can also mark text, all with your hands on-screen.

I think it all comes down to personal preference and to pro's and con's. I think that makers of cellphones will not easily be able to please EVERYONE in a single device, because of this.
Reply Rene C Schutte
5:00 PM on September 21, 2009 
Thanks very much for the interest and the comments Andre. Indeed I agree, the manufacturers have their hands full keeping the consumer happy.

... I just hope they don't stop trying. With a bit of luck I will get my dream phone :-) ...Who knows the N900 might just be it.

It has to be ... I need new toys! :-)

As for personal choice I too agree. The 3 top smart phone choices that seem to have become standard are
1. Touch-screens-only phones (iPhone and HTC Hero)
2. Blackberry-style (many)
3. and qwertys (HTC Touch, Tattoo, Nokia E90, N97, etc)

It will be interesting to look back in a few years to see what happened to the smartphone choices of today.

Please fee free to continue to comment :-)
ThanksLots


Andre says...
Being a proud Apple i-Phone owner, my previous smarthpone was a Treo, and I must agree that having a real keyboard does give you more control.
But as with all things, one gets used to what one uses, and it is quite handy to have the "virtual keyboard" onscreen where you can also mark text, all with your hands on-screen.

I think it all comes down to personal preference and to pro's and con's. I think that makers of cellphones will not easily be able to please EVERYONE in a single device, because of this.
Reply Wynand
10:54 AM on October 4, 2009 
I've been a dedicated Nokia Communicator fan since the 9000 with it's monochrome screen and funny swivel aerial. But the need for touch screen 'gizmoness' overtook me and I got the Samsung Omnia.

BAD move....1st reason being Windows Mobile and 2nd - A touchscreen keyboard does not stack up against a real button keyboard (yet).

From what I can see the N900 may very well be next on my own wishlist, but for now I'm back to my faithful E90.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GhTtsZATwBQ
Reply Rene C Schutte
1:19 PM on October 6, 2009 
Thanks for your feedback Wynand :-) ... a fellow communicator fan :-)

I wonder if loss of tactile sensation could ever be compensated for with a touchscreen

Bye4now :-)
thanks for the Link: Here it is for easy click: Nokia N900 Video
Wynand says...
I've been a dedicated Nokia Communicator fan since the 9000 with it's monochrome screen and funny swivel aerial. But the need for touch screen 'gizmoness' overtook me and I got the Samsung Omnia.

BAD move....1st reason being Windows Mobile and 2nd - A touchscreen keyboard does not stack up against a real button keyboard (yet).

From what I can see the N900 may very well be next on my own wishlist, but for now I'm back to my faithful E90.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GhTtsZATwBQ
Reply Rene C Schutte
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Bye4now
René

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Bye4now

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