(Courtesy: Gear Diary)
If thereís a potential disaster awaiting Appleís iPhone, itís that the smart cellphone lacks a mechanical keyboard.
It forces users to use a touch-screen keyboard, something that may throw of millions of young people accustomed to texting quickly on basic phones and, for that matter, also older professionals used to typing slowly on a full keyboard offered by a Palm or Blackberry.
Thereís a story about this ďbillion-dollar gambleĒ in the NYT today.
Also, check out the experience of the Taiwanese company HTC, which recently released a new model, the HTC Touch. Its ďTouchFLOĒ technology, which enables the owners to swipe up, down, and diagonally across the screen to navigate, has been billed by some as a direct challenge to the iPhoneís new approach (however, we caution here because this piece is written by the same author who wrote yesterdayís Times story about Facebook, which was inaccurate). Indeed, there are less hyped reports that reveal the HTC just isnít working.