The creaky hinge of the cell phone war seems to be fought over touch screens on the World Wide Web. Since the touch screen has been defined as the surface of choice for the future the absolute accuracy of each model is almost as important to bloggers as whether or not Tiger Woods signed a prenup. What has been used to compare phones like the iPhone, the Google Nexus One, and the Palm Pre is a simple drawing application called, well, SimpleDraw. With SimpleDraw they are hoping to deduce the overall accuracy of the touch screen, how well it responds, and generally whether or not tracing your finger over the surface will give you finger paint perfection.
This may sound familiar to you, and it should. This test had been done previously so SimpleDraw could weed out between different phones, especially between the iPhone and the Google Nexus One after the whole "Superphone" nonsense. The test had been run where people used SimpleDraw on a few clear tests so they could get a rating about the responsiveness and speed of the touch screen. There were some clear results from this earlier SimpleDraw test from the Moto Development Lab, which placed the Motorola Droid firmly at the bottom, Google's Nexus One somewhere in the middle, and the iPhone just above the rest. These results were not "impartial" enough for some developers and writers who continued to say that the test performed by Moto was not conclusive enough. Moto's response? Do the SimpleDraw test again with a robot finger.
To do this they utilized a 7mm long metallic rod that acts as a "finger," if you need to personify it. This was for a regular touch, while a 4mm version was used for the only slightest touch on the screen. Strange enough the results of this Moto test were almost identical. The iPhone still dominated the crew, even though the edge of the touch screen had some issues when a lighter touch was applied from the 4mm finger. Google's Nexus One was next in line, and had comparable results to the Droid Eris. The BlackBerry Storm 2 and the Palm Pre did generally well with the medium touching 7mm finger, but fell way off when the 4mm one just scratched the surface. And, of course, the bottom of the barrel remained with the Motorola Droid. This inferior handset just seems unable to reproduce lines of any reasonable sort, but what can you really expect?
It seems a little insane that that they have to use C-3PO to prove that the results were accurate, but the data is in. I am guessing that even this is not going to sate some of the skeptics, and soon we are going to have to have a full size cyborg texting from a mountaintop to finally decide which is the better phone. I'm guessing it won't be the Motorola Droid.