back to article Vodafone is all thumbs on multitouch

Vodafone's claim that the H1 would support "multitouch" caught our eye, but it was eight hours before we discovered how fast and loose the operator was playing with the dictionary. In response to El Reg's questions Samsung finally admitted that in this context "multitouch" means one can touch the screen in different ways: such …

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  1. Henry Wertz 1 Gold badge

    Ahh the fine tradition.

    They can join the fine tradition of misnamed and misdescribed products... Samsung's "unitouch" can now join the Intel Non-Extreme Graphics, Apple's pre-OSX "multitasking" that was in fact cooperative task switching, and so on.

  2. Tim Hale 1
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    Lightbulbs...

    How many Samsung / Vodafone employees does it take to create a multitouch device? None; they simply redfine single touch (is that the correct antonym?) as multitouch. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  3. Magnus Ramage

    Multitouch goes back a long way

    Came across an excellent history of multitouch the other day by Bill Buxton, a pioneer in the field long before the iPhone (and now at Microsoft but an academic for long before that): http://www.billbuxton.com/multitouchOverview.html

  4. Anonymous Coward
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    vodafone

    Often redefine the definition of service and value for me, so they are definitely old hands at this.

  5. northern monkey
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    @Tim Hale 1

    I'd say monotouch would be the more catchy trademark friendly way to say it.

    Nokia 3310, now with Monotouch

  6. Martin Carroll

    Cant be defined as multitouch obviously, but...

    Resistive screens are somewhat mildly multitouch in that 2 fingers pressing at the same time creates its own effect. On my WinMo PDA playing solitaire its very useful to slide a card quickly into place using 2 fingernails at each end point and a quick one-two tap of the fingers. If you hold both fingers in place a card sits at the middle point and theres even some small measure of pressure control too where you can balance a card at the quarter points.

  7. Andrew Woodvine

    Vodafone

    Describing the H1 as multitouch reminds me of the way they use the term "unlimited".

  8. Giles Jones Gold badge

    Multi gesture

    It's a terrible bit of marketing to market a multiple gesture phone as multitouch.

  9. Joe Desbonnet

    Samsung misleading names

    Samsung seem to be in the habit of putting misleading labels on their products. Eg their "LED TVs" -- which of course are *LCD* TVs with LED backlights -- but try telling that to the Currys salesdroid who was convinced that each pixel was actually an individual LED.

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