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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Key To Upward Mobility

Ask anyone who has changed mobile handsets (from one brand to another) recently and he/she will tell you that the transition has been less than smooth. One of the problems is the functionality of the various keys. Unlike a (QWERTY) computer keyboard, where most of the keys (especially the space bars, alphabets and the numbers) are standardized, handset manufacturers have not done much to arrive at some sort of common denominator for the keypad. The first issue people notice is the placement of the space bars, special character keys. People who are adept at messaging at razor speed would find their speed considerably reduced as they try to get acclimatized to the new handset. Even basic functions like screen lock / keypad lock seems to be differ from handset to handset. A standardized keypad should be a big boon to consumers migrating from one handset to the other. Are the handset manufacturers listening?

3 Comments:

  • kaps. very true. I have always been a big fan of nokia and ve not found any other mobile so user friendly. Recently i got a samsung mobile but, beleive me, i exchanged it for a nokia within days.Especially for Indians, Nokia's the best.

    By Blogger Prasanna, at 7:41 PM  

  • kaps you have raised a good point. but i think standardization of keyboard is going to be next to impossible at least in the near future. the reason is keyboards are designed based on form factor of the device. so a blackberry's QWERTY keyboard will be different from a regular phone because it focusses on data more than voice.

    By Blogger Eshwar S, at 5:46 AM  

  • u rightly pointed out the need for standards. Considering the number of years that handsets have been in market, it is strange they didn't have a standard for this.
    While companies(even the rival ones) join hands for standards for technologies used, they miss such trivial things which are very important to the consumers.

    By Blogger Ramkumar, at 4:38 PM  

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