[maemo-users] OS2008 on n800 - Nice Job

From: Jesper Cheetah mail+maemo at jespercheetah.dk
Date: Thu Nov 29 23:25:05 EET 2007
Eero Tamminen wrote:
>>>> Also lot of scrolling in launch menu will need getting used to. Is 
>>>> there some secret gconf setting to bring old stylus optimized menu 
>>>> layout with small items back?
>>> AFAIK no. The good side is that you can use it with thumb.
>> This was posible in OS2007 too, thumb hit popped up large menu, stylus 
>> hit smaller menu which was consistent with behaviour or virtual 
>> keyboard. Looks like small menu just silently went away. I will miss that.
> AFAIK it was not possible to make thumb detection reliable enough.
> The detection was based on "pressure" information, but strong press
> with stylus gives as much pressure as light press with thumb (=larger
> area) and the touchscreen sensitivity might differ a bit between
> devices, different parts of the screen and that changes over time too.

I don't use OS2008, but I know I'll miss the stylus-sized menus. If 
automatic detection isn't reliable enough, then I really think there 
should be an option somewhere to set choose either one or the other. 
It's all about giving the user the choice. I happen to maintain "claws", 
pointy fingernails, that function as natural styluses. I don't need 
large thumb-sized icons, so why not give me the option to change it?

And in general, this reflects one of the things I really don't like 
about N800/Maemo/OS2007. In too many places it seems like the author of 
the software designed it to fit his/her way of working with the device, 
ignoring the fact that others might have different ways. Please don't 
hardcode so many settings, give us the option to change them to our 
individual needs. The email-application is a really good example...

Jesper Cheetah <mail+maemo at jespercheetah.dk>

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