Touch Screens Like the Crunch Pad's May Be Trendy, but They're Also Annoying

Lora Bentley

Netbooks and mobile Internet devices are the next big thing, according to some observers. They will even be preferred over smartphones that do everything. So Tech Crunch's Michael Arrington is right on the money with his touch-screen open source tablet, called the Crunch Pad.


He recently announced that a second prototype is ready. CIO Today explains:

Prototype B sports a 12-inch, 1024x768 touchscreen, a 4:3 aspect ratio, and a Via Nano processor. [It] has a gigabyte of RAM, and a 4GB flash drive for the operating system, browser and Web cache. Other features include Wi-Fi, an accelerometer that lets the device reposition a Web page when the machine is turned, a camera, and a four-cell battery. The weight is about three pounds and, although his original vision was for a $200 price tag, Arrington said something under $299 is more realistic.

The device runs Ubuntu and includes a "custom Webkit browser." AltaVista founder and CTO Louis Monier is serving as the project lead, and FusionGarage is responsible for the user experience and feature set.



It sounds really cool and like a lot of fun, and I'm sure there are many who absolutely cannot wait for the specs to be released so they can build their own. Unfortunately, I am not one of them. Not yet, anyway.


Unlike many who have experienced the iPod Touch, the iPhone, the BlackBerry Storm, or the Google G1, I am not at all sold on the touch-screen keyboard. In my experience, they are annoying. Unless you have hands the size of a first grader's, you think you're typing one letter and a completely different one pops up in the search field. Or you think you're pushing a certain button, but the one below it is the one that activates.


It seems I spend more time backspacing and retyping than I do actually searching. Maybe my fingers are larger than most, or maybe I haven't mastered the art of the touch-screen keyboard, but I do not find them easy to use or particularly speedy. Perhaps a stylus of some sort would help?


Maybe the Crunch Pad's 12-inch screen will be large enough to make a difference. We'll see.

Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post
Jun 18, 2009 4:59 AM Jim Jim  says:

You are an idiot!  what a worthless article

Jun 22, 2009 11:19 AM Kris Kris  says: in response to Jim

And you are a very sad person - if the blog doesnt interest you, dont read it!

I found this article great, but do have hands the size of a nine year old so should be fine

Aug 7, 2009 9:06 AM FTL FTL  says:

Wow, your an idiot what are you fat or something? You can't even hit the right buttons on an iPhone? I'm 17 and I can type a paper without even thinking, just practice for a little bit, retard. Worthless article worthless person.


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