While I am not a “girly” girl, I do like to make myself look nice. This usually means a semi-regular visit to my favorite nail salon to get a manicure and a pedicure. Now, I am also a computer engineer for my day job. This means I am typing on a computer for large parts of the day, when I am not in a datacenter playing with network equipment on a rack.
What does all of this have to do with touchscreens? Plenty. Because of my nails, I have the most god-awful time trying to use anything with a touchscreen, whether its the Fluke network meter at the office, or my iPod Touch. I also cannot upgrade my phone to one of the new touchscreen models because I can’t make it work properly.
The two quick answers I get on this topic are : 1. Get a stylus or 2. Cut your nails down some.
Well, I would use a stylus if I could. Manufacturers of the new touchscreen devices are using the capacitive touch screen. This means that a finger will work; styli or other devices (even a pencil eraser) will not. If I want to use an iPhone, a myTouch 3G, a Droid, I have to use my fingertip to make it all work properly. I miss the days of the older Windows Mobile devices that included styli as input method.
And as for cutting my nails down, they are already short enough so that I can type properly. If I cut them any shorter, what is the point?
This is just my minor plea to the manufacturers, or even some of the software developers of devices with touchscreens: Can we please make it so that users can have the choice of using their finger or using a styli or alternative method (keyboards not withstanding)?
Thanks for listening!
If anyone has some other ideas or have encountered this problem themselves, let me know. Maybe we all can find a way to solve this major minor problem.