Four recent events proved to me why the Tablet PC’s pen-like stylus is a rubbish idea.
Last month my old Newton MessagePad 130 was returned to me. I played with it for a while. My son played with it for a while. Actually, he just got mad at it for a while. We both thanks Steve Jobs for killing this platform. The Newton has many flaws, but chief among them is its dependency on a stylus.
Last month I also bought a small stylus-ish thing for my iPhone, the pogo. It cost me $30 at a London Drugs in Vancouver. After playing with it for a while I realized: the iPhone doesn’t need a stylus. If it’s so cold outside you don’t want to take your gloves off to use your iPhone, then you shouldn’t be using your iPhone (the device is only officially supported down to 0˚C anyway).
Finally, Bill Gates complained that the iPad sucks because it doesn’t have a stylus. Yeah. Because the Windows-based Tablet PC that depends on a stylus has done so well. Pretty much whatever Gates says in regards to the tablet/iPad platform can be tacitly disregarded. He’s clearly out to lunch.
Anyway, it all got me thinking about why the digital stylus is, for general use, the dumbest idea since the seedless watermelon. And I’ve put together 9 reasons describing the stylus’ failings. Continue reading