One of the most challenging things about mobile technology is figuring out how the user communicates with a device. That is, how am I going to tell my phone, ipod, whatever, what I want it to do? When talking about smartphones, which do so much, this challenge can be even more difficult. There is a careful balance that must be struck between maximizing utility and ease of use.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s smartphones show off a whole range of different input methods, from traditional D-pads and soft keys, to QWERTY keyboards and scroll wheels, yet it seems to me that manufacturers still have not hit on an input method (or combination of methods) that meets all of my needs. In this article IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to discuss current input methods, my thoughts about them, and then describe an option that I have not yet seen/used, but that I think may be very powerful.