Canalys has a performed a survey of 3000 mobile phone users in France, Germany and UK and found 54% of users wanted their next phone to have touch screens. However most users who actually had touch screens were disappointed with the experience, with 53% saying they would move away from these type of devices.
The exception were however HTC smartphones, who with Apple had much higher acceptance rate. With the vast majority of HTCâ€™s handsets still running Windows Mobile this is a major endorsement of the user experience on HTCâ€™s handsets running the OS.
Also interesting is that 16% of users preferring stylus based devices, compared to 38% who wanted finger-centric ones. This indicates that the stylus-contingent is far from small or insignificant. These users were also pretty resistant to moving to finger-orientated devices (something we have seen in our own comment section). Interestingly enough however it was again HTC and Samsung users who were most prepared to move from stylus to finger, likely because their Windows Mobile devices allowed both methods of operation.
Read more about this interesting study at Canalys here.