Since Nokia’s saying that touchscreens aren’t really their thang, Palm is drifting away from what was once a hallmark feature of their products, and RIM is showing no particular interest in switching away from their trackball now that it just got rolling, is the iPhone going to be the only one playing the touchscreen card this summer?
The overall consensus is that BlackBerry was a-o-k with the thumbwheel, and the trackball is an interesting (if less efficient) change. Why are so many companies shying from touchscreens? Is the interface that bad? Maybe it would be just plain dumb to step onto what will be the iPhone’s turf? Sure, Microsoft has Shift, but it’s not at all in a position to be competitive right now, let alone implemented. Will they even bother once the iPhone gets entrenched as the standard in mobile touchscreens?
While right now this is of little consequence to folks who have their BlackBerrys and aren’t inclined to switch, you never know what the future holds – maybe RIM will feel a little frisky, and someday decide to make a one-off touchscreen device, just to see how it does. Would it mostly sell to the BlackBerry faithful, or would it have a chance to take a bite out of the larger mobile touchscreen pie?