The touchscreen cell phone is fast becoming the norm within the cell phone industry. Consumers are increasingly concerned with "ease of use" which is difficult to get a lot more "user friendly" than a mobile phone that takes its commands by the touch of your index finger.
The Iphone gets a lot of the credit nowadays for introducing the concept to countless eager cell phone buyers, but the touchscreen phone could be traced back many years prior to the iPhone was even conceived.
Indeed, the touchscreen used in today's modern handsets originates along way because the development and practical utilisation of the technology by Wacom, a Japanese company.
Originally, touch graphics "tablets" were used to support writing Japanese ideograms as a method for inputting text. The concept was for the tablet to determine pressure and direction from the stylus, "recording" these details by means of text written to the tablet screen. Wacom graphics tablets are notable for his or her use with a patented cordless, battery-free, and pressure-sensitive stylus (an on-screen writing pen).
The first 1990's began the time of the touchscreen PDA, or personal digital assistant. As usual, Apple was the leader from the outset. The Apple Newton has been around since 1992 and continued production for a full six years. Its limited battery power and inability to squeeze into a shirt pocket kept the Newton from being as popular as Apple had hoped with consumers.
The touchscreen device which was a hit using the PDA buying public was the Palm Pilot, beginning its production in 1996. Data was inputted with the help of a little plastic stylus that detached in the side of PDA itself.
Although no cell phone capabilities were included with the Palm Pilot, it was the iPhone-like device during the day. Millions of consumers toted Palm Pilots in their pockets and purses, keeping track of daily schedules and events.
True and sensitive touch screen technology hit its stride using the rollout from the Apple iphone in January, 2007. Consumers finally had a taste of the mobile phone that was truly sensitive to the slightest touch of 1 finger. The Apple iPhone became an instant sensation and was even named Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2007.
The iPhone raised the bar for screen mobile phones, but others have been quick to reply and are starting to introduce excellent touch screen handsets that belongs to them.
Finnish handset maker Nokia has developed its first touchscreen phone - the Nokia 5800 XPress Music Phone . This unique handset not just features an onboard camcorder but also unlimited downloads of music tracks contained in its monthly subscription. Going to be out in early 2009, the Nokia 5800 has been hyped as the next iPhone killer. RIM, the maker from the Blackberry, is scheduled to roll out its Blackberry Storm at the end of 2008 with hopes to compete against Apple and Nokia for that huge touch screen market.
Age the screen cell phone is alive and well these days. It will not be long before consumers wonder how in the world they ever got along without one.