One thing that has always turned us off about PDA’s is the inaccurate control the touch screens actually grant you. They hand you a stylus and send you on your way, but they neglect to tell you that the touch control does more messing up than it does controlling.
Some researchers for Microsoft over in Redmond are working on a system called Shift, which will enable users to use their fingers as a mouse to control their PDAs. This technology is similar to what the iPhone might have or will have in the future. Maybe we’ll see it in a Zune phone eventually. One thing’s for sure, Apple seems to be the company to follow in terms of innovation, and Microsoft is doing exactly that. — Andrew Dobrow