Saturday, November 29, 2008

BlackBerry Storm Screen Clicks Like a Button

I am very impressed with the BlackBerry Storm. I had a chance to play with this device and the most innovative feature is the way the screen acts like a button. In other words, when you press on the screen, it actually clicks in like a keyboard button. You have to go and try it to really understand what I'm talking about.

Because the Storm uses capacitive touch, a plastic stylus pen won't work. Neither will your fingernail.

I found it innovative that you could hover with your finger over the screen when using the virtual keyboard, select the key you want, and then click down on the screen to select the key. It blends some of the Wacom hovering features found on an active digitizer with a smartphone touch screen.

I'm willing to bet that this idea of a clickable touch screen will become a standard feature on all future touchscreen devices that use capacitive touch.

Now I'm just waiting for Epocrates to release software for this great device.

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