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The touch screen mobile phone is fast becoming standard within the cell phone industry. Consumers are increasingly concerned with "ease of use" and it is difficult to get a lot more "user friendly" than the usual mobile device that can take its commands by the touch of your pointer finger.
The Iphone gets a lot of the credit these days for introducing the idea to millions of eager cell phone buyers, but the touch screen phone could be traced back a long time before the iPhone being conceived.
Indeed, the touchscreen used in today's modern handsets has come along way because the development and practical use of the technology by Wacom, a Japanese company.
Originally, touch graphics "tablets" were used to support writing Japanese ideograms as a way of inputting text. The idea was for the tablet to measure pressure and direction of the stylus, "recording" this information by means of text written to the tablet screen. Wacom graphics tablets are notable for their use with a patented cordless, battery-free, and pressure-sensitive stylus (an on-screen writing pen).
The early 1990's began the time of the touch screen PDA, or smartphone. As always, Apple was the best choice in the outset. The Apple Newton has been around since 1992 and continued production for any full six years. Its limited battery power and wherewithal 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 success using the PDA buying public was the Palm Pilot, beginning its production in 1996. Data was inputted with the aid of a little plastic stylus that detached from the side of PDA itself.
Although no cell phone capabilities were incorporated with the Palm Pilot, it was the iPhone-like device during the day. Millions of consumers toted Palm Pilots within their pockets and purses, keeping track of daily schedules and events.
True and sensitive touch screen technology hit its stride with the rollout of the Apple iphone in January, 2007. Consumers finally got a taste of a cell phone that was truly sensitive to the slightest touch of one finger. The Iphone became an immediate sensation and was even named Time magazine's Invention of the Year for 2007.
The iPhone raised the bar for screen cell phones, but other companies happen to be quick to reply and therefore are beginning to introduce excellent touchscreen handsets of their own.
Finnish handset maker Nokia has developed its first touch screen phone - the Nokia 5800 XPress Music Phone . This excellent handset not only features an onboard video camera but additionally unlimited downloads of music tracks contained in its monthly subscription. Going to be out at the begining of 2009, the Nokia 5800 has been hyped as the next iPhone killer. RIM, the maker from the Blackberry, is scheduled to unveil its Blackberry Storm at the end of 2008 with wishes to compete against Apple and Nokia for that huge touch screen market.
The age of the screen cell phone is alive and well these days. It won't be long before consumers wonder how in the world they ever got along with out them.