I wonder if it is because of age, but I personally would like keypads and other conventional input methods to stay for good. Touch screen is cute, especially for gaming and touch sensitive applications. It brings the fun to the table.
Touchscreen input is such a chore for other things, like text input. Subsequently using a touch screen device and a keypad-equipped device can confuse one’s brain—I once tapped the PSP screen to quit a game but nothing happened until it sunk that it won’t respond.
The iPod Nano is the iPod that always changes form factor every year. There are always surprises up on Apple’s sleeves, and the latest reincarnation of the iPod nano is something we should’ve expected. With their latest hit that is the iPad plus the iPhone 4, it is no wonder that they’re planning to make the switch to touch screen across all products.
I wonder how fun this Multi-Touch thing is, with a screen size that small. Album art is like a cute 1×1 photo, maybe? The 4th generation had it going with its video capabilities, and with the size of this new nano, it’s really impossible to have that feature of the former. Also, this can easily beat the Shuffle line in terms of size! I’m sure Apple won’t churn out something that won’t sell.
When you really think about it, there’s a gadget redundancy going on recently. With almost all devices having the same features and running on similar platforms, the need to bring a gadget now requires thinking, especially with traveling. Why bring everything when you can just bring a device or two which can do the job? All-in-one is now the name of the game. The lack of specialization is the only downside here, but who’s to say with the foreseen improvements in the years to come?
So, how about a Mac Book tablet next? Or, in a totally Apple-unrelated note, a touch screen PSP?
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