Originally Posted by RagingCain
So... you like to type. Would you say a tool already exists which greatly destroys the efficiency and precision of a touch screen? Hint: You will reply using it.
If you don't like my original analogy how about, its like going from using a keyboard to finger painting. There is no touch screen out there that is currently better than any tool already invented, and dare say been in use for over a decade. We are going backwards.
It wasn't your analogy that I didn't like, it was the idea that a stylus is superior to finger touch-input. A stylus is an excellent task-oriented tool. It's a poor UI-tool for any of the traditional or popular UIs. Moreso now that touch-inputs have advanced so significantly.
Anyhoo, the issues with touch-inputs on standard/traditional devices is because our standard UIs are not designed around touch-interfaces. But this study is not saying that people want a touch-only-interface for their UI on laptops, it's seeing if people want a touch interface ALONG with their current UI. No one's doing away with the keyboard or mouse options so I don't understand why discussing their superiority even matters. I'm not a fan of touch-input on windows OS UIs, but having the option in addition doesn't make something inferior. But at the same time, I wouldn't want a device to cost more just because it offers a touch-screen when a touch-screen does not significantly improve user/OS functionality.
Lets say, you just REALLY need to use your fingers, and have good portable all around functionality... is that not what we have tablets for?
See above--this is not forcing a touch-interface on a non-touch-oriented OSes. It's just giving users the option of a touchscreen. HP has been doing it for a long time already.
Its just bandwagon crap, so is Windows 8, all trying to ride this "hands on" pun intended technology. Its stupid, and its going to show in the end when people start asking themselves (if they ever do, sheeple) why am I not using a keyboard? Plus Apple gets off on telling everyone they copy them, why fuel the fire?
How about we try something actually innovative instead of copying or trying to feed off the success bubble. That bubble will be tapped to death and Apple is first in line. Its just a matter of time anyways.
Don't get me wrong--I agree. I see no utility for touch-input in non-tablet or non-phone devices. But this is not removing our standard input tools, it's just adding another.