You’ve heard me rant about the iPhone’s lack of cut/copy/paste. Well, someone’s come up with a brilliant video that shows how it could be done in the parameters of their existing interface, and does it as a spoof of their current tutorial. Brilliant. Which doesn’t cover some other gaps I’ve railed about. Others have noted gaps, too.
Which brings me to this eloquent lambasting of Palm’s lack of innovation around the Treo (the major iPhone competitor, IMHO). It does a great job of pointing out how the Treo (my current smartphone) hasn’t really been updated in any significant way in several years (which is an eon in tech circles). Lack of multi-tasking, weak browser, no wi-fi are just a few of very reasonable complaints.
It has been a bee in my bonnet that I can’t select text on the Treo with the jog-dial (four direction arrows and center button) and the keyboard (and of course it could, if you used the shift key like you do on a laptop). In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the Treo should be *completely* operable from the buttons, and never need the touchscreen (except as a backup option for speed in certain circumstances).
Which would be an interesting contrast: the total keyboard control of a Treo versus a total touchscreen experience of the iPhone. One for ‘the rest of us’, one for the powerusers, for instance. There’s lots of space in this market, I reckon…