Looking for a mobile-phone

For the past year or so, I’ve been wanting to buy myself a new mobile-phone. I have always been a fan of Sony-Ericsson’s product which I have been using for the past 5 years now. Now it is time to stop being a fan boy and search beyond the bounds of one manufacturer for a potential device I can have with me all the time.

One of the things about Sony-Ericsson’s product that gets me pulling my hair of my head is the Graphical User Interface. Most of their mobile-phones OS have more or less the same GUI which is starting to irritate me. GUI plays an important role for me since it shows how well I interact with the device. That is why I have taken special interest in smartphones with touchscreen capabilities.

For me, Operating System comes first before hardware but not to overlook the hardware capabilities since it will be useless to have a good working OS that runs extremely slow on a device. There are two OS that interest me; IPhone OS and Android. Everyone knows IPhone is one of the best smartphones in market yet. Android (not a mobile device) on the other hand gets less attention from the public most likely because it is still new and only limited mobile devices has Android as the OS. But Android seems to grow with its community and the release of Google’s new smartphone, Nexus One. Android is fully open source unlike IPhone (half open source) which makes it easier for developers to create new application on it.

For now, I am siding with Android since I love open source and Google. Until Apple comes up with a new jaw dropping device, I will stick with Android.

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Multi touch interface

As we all know, the touch screen is widely implemented in many different applications in today’s technologies. The touch screen uses a single touch interface where it only detects a single movement at a time. The touch pad is a fine example. You can’t use two or more fingers to interact with the touch pad. A multi touch interface can however recognize multiple simultaneous touch points. With the multi touch interface, one can interact with it using multiple fingers and can provide rich interaction through intuitive motion. The video below shows the different things you can do with a multi touch interface.

The multi touch technology is not something new. It goes way back to the 80’s but haven’t been widely used since due to high cost to implement. Today, the technology is already utilized in Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft Surface Computing. We will anticipate more of this technology in phones and computers in the future. By the way, the video above was 1 year ago and there are more where that came from. Check it out out at Ted Talks.