View Poll Results: What data input method do you prefer?

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  • Grafitti

    25 64.10%
  • Thumb-board

    7 17.95%
  • Both is a must

    1 2.56%
  • Fitaly Stamp (or similar technology)

    2 5.13%
  • Other (and voice recognition is not here yet for PDAs!)

    4 10.26%
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  1.    #1  
    OK, according to a PIC article, Handspring thinks people prefer keyboards to grafitti. Let's see what the masses say :
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  2.    #2  
    I won't say Grafitti is perfect but this thumbboard makes me nervous from several aspects that maybe someone else can comment on :

    1) With a thumbboard, are you swapping between stylus for tapping and the thumboard for text entering? That would seem awkward.

    2) Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I know I swap between a mouse and a trackball every few months to keep my hands from overuse in just one motion. Will using a thumbboard leave me more vulnerable over time? I have been writing for 34 years without significant problems which would lead me to stay with Grafitti.

    3) Size, how much bigger is a unit with a thumbboard?
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  3. #3  
    I am a thumbboard convert.

    Here are my answers to your questions:

    1. Once you master the keyboard and the logic behind it, there is very little need to use the stylus. Most stylus taps can be made with your finger.

    2. Well I can see this happening if you are writing a novel with the keyboard..but I find the keyboard much easier to write an e-mail than Graffiti at 33 WPM, I often have cramps from the way I hold the stylus. Graffiti is fun for jotting down a quick reminder though.

    3. Well the Treo 90 with a keyboard is one pf the smalled (if not the smallest) and lightest Palm OS device on the market.
  4. #4  
    Ever since switching to the PSION/MAKO I really am convinced about the thumbboards...

    On my Vdx I used the FITALY stamp but could never get totaly used to that...

    Grafity is handy but not my cup of tea (can hardly write readalbe with pen and paper)

    Originally posted by maddog

    1) With a thumbboard, are you swapping between stylus for tapping and the thumboard for text entering? That would seem awkward.
    Not as bad as it may seem, as yardie allready said you can do most with the keyboard anyway and the occasional stylus click can be done with your finger...

    Originally posted by maddog

    2) Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I know I swap between a mouse and a trackball every few months to keep my hands from overuse in just one motion. Will using a thumbboard leave me more vulnerable over time? I have been writing for 34 years without significant problems which would lead me to stay with Grafitti.
    Using a stylus to write long texts hurts your hands more in my experience...

    Originally posted by maddog
    3) Size, how much bigger is a unit with a thumbboard?
    If you look at the Treo180 and the Treo180G the answer is: not bigger at all...
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  5. #5  
    Thumbboards mean the end of:

    "John, Smi- no, wait, one sec, I can't get this letter- one second- ok, there, argh!- now I can't get this letter to work!"
    -Bernie

    "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
    -Dan Quayle
  6. #6  
    Originally posted by ernieba1
    Thumbboards mean the end of:

    "John, Smi- no, wait, one sec, I can't get this letter- one second- ok, there, argh!- now I can't get this letter to work!"
    They also likely mean the end of quality add-on fullsize keyboards (like the Stowaway). I don't care how good a thumboard is for SMS or short emails if I can't use it to keep notes at a seminar or meeting.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  7.    #7  
    BTW, here's a link to the article : http://news.com.com/2100-1040-934637.html
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  8. #8  
    Originally posted by Toby
    They also likely mean the end of quality add-on fullsize keyboards (like the Stowaway). I don't care how good a thumboard is for SMS or short emails if I can't use it to keep notes at a seminar or meeting.
    If you're right, than I'd be against it too. But I think if think outside is smart, they'll still make them, because it's really not the same. And people might still buy.
    -Bernie

    "One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, and that one word is 'to be prepared'.
    -Dan Quayle
  9. #9  
    Originally posted by ernieba1
    If you're right, than I'd be against it too.
    I suppose we'll see.
    But I think if think outside is smart, they'll still make them, because it's really not the same. And people might still buy.
    I think Think Oustside/Targus _are_ smart, which is why I don't think they'll make them unless there's a significant enough demand for them. I'm not sure I see where the crossover is.
    ‎"Is that suck and salvage the Kevin Costner method?" - Chris Matthews on Hardball, July 6, 2010. Wonder if he's talking about his oil device or his movie career...
  10.    #10  
    Someone voted "other", what is it?
    No more rhymes...and this time I mean it!
  11. #11  
    After getting my Sharp Zaurus I've become a Thumb board convert. However I wish Targus would make a stowaway for it...
  12. #12  
    Someone voted "other", what is it?
    I guess I'm one of the two who voted other. My other is the Stowaway.
    Jonathan
  13.    #13  
    I was looking at the Treo 90 for my wife but when she found out it had no grafitti, she said "no thanks". Too bad, Handspring almost brought me back!
    No more rhymes...and this time I mean it!
  14.    #14  
    That's pathetic, 31 votes when there are like 100,000 registered VC members!
    No more rhymes...and this time I mean it!
  15. #15  
    Well, honestly, you reached the wrong audience. This is really "Visor General Chat" or possibly "Treo General Chat" but not off topic.

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