Craig talks touchscreensApril 3, 2009
Some hands-on feedback from Craig on the forums today:
After having a complete unit for a few days now I can say that using the stylus on the LCD feels completely natural. I actually forgot that people thought there would be an issue with it.
I’ve let a few people have a go on the Pandora, ie non-geeks, and they picked it up and played minesweeper (plus the other built in touch games) without issue.
I think it feels more natural than if the LCD was on the lower half (DS style). I’d be very surprised if anyone had an issue with it. The screen does not move if you push it with the stylus, you would have to push it so hard to do that you would probably damage the LCD before it moved.
All in all I now think the Pandora is even better than we expected, it’s a gadget like no other I’ve ever had, it really is like having a laptop, PDA and games console all in one. The weirdness of messing around on a paint program, typing in terminal and playing Quake all on one system is fantastic. It’s something about being able to go from touch screen to keyboard to game controls, nothing feels forced, it’s all very natural.
You are *REALLY* going to like this.
The thing I’m most happy about is that I can hand the Pandora to someone and they just know how to use it, that goes a long way to making me very happy about the design 🙂