Reviewing the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro has been fun, but it has brought up again a consistent annoyance of touchscreen devices.
From the Samsung Jet to the HTC Touch Pro2 and others to this petite powerhorse, the usability of touchscreen devices suffer from this thing.
If you have used a touchscreen device at some point, you should be able to identify with a situation in which you want to scroll through a contact list but the screen registers your effort as a tap. Next thing you know, you’re dialling out.
There are times that I have had to repeat the attempt a couple of times – yes, frustrating – before succeeding in scrolling to the contact or conversation or spot on a webpage that I want.
Ironically, capacitive displays are the worst culprits because of their greater sensitivity.
This kind of hindrance to usability is one reason why I continue to prefer non-touch devices. The scenarios presented above simply NEVER happen with non-touch devices.
A good solution to this problem would be for hardware direction keys to be included on touchscreen devices. But there are those who say that would spoil the looks of those devices. Pure touchscreen slabs are just sexy, we are told.
Well, you give me a slab anyday, but please get rid of the touchscreen.