I might be jumping the gun on this, but . . .
I’ve had a Treo 650 for years and, coincidentally, my biggest complaint about the Treo is the same as my biggest complaint about the iPhone - touchscreen dialing.
The Treo has had touchscreen dialing forever. It sucks. I find myself dialing with the Treo’s miniscule keypad more than the touchscreen buttons and that’s only if I don’t have someone stored in speed dial.
Touchscreen dialing sucks. The iPhone touchscreen will be no different.
How do I know? I know because touchscreen dialing provides no feedback to your fingers. Human fingers like feedback.
Apple has touted their touchscreen as “revolutionary” and brags that it will be a monumental inferface just like the iPod clickwheel. Don’t count on it, at least not for phone dialing.
Steve Jobs recent presentation on the iPhone showed some admittedly cool things that the touchscreen can do like resizing pictures. Guess what? Although the features are cool, they provide no feedback to your fingers. Finger feedback is good for phone dialing.
If you have a standard button style keypad for your phone, I bet you can dial a good bit of the phone numbers you know without looking at the keypad. Most of you probably have your speed dial numbers memorized and can locate the number on your keypad by feel without even looking at the phone. If you’re like me, you arrange your speed dial numbers by pattern or location on the keypad instead of numerical order, afterall it’s way easier to think “upper left corner button” for an important number than it is to try to remember the number itself.
You will never be able to do this with the iPhone. There may be other options to help you locate numbers quickly like voice dial, but you will never be able to locate numbers on your iPhone keypad by touch.
This will suck. It sucks on my Treo and it will suck on the iPhone.