fat-finger problem
n. The tendency to make errors on a device where the keys or screen elements are too small.
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The most striking observation from testing the Fire is that everything is much too small on the screen, leading to frequent tap errors and accidental activation. You haven't seen the fat-finger problem in its full glory until you've watched users struggle to touch things on the Fire.
—Jakob Nielsen, “Kindle Fire Usability Findings,” Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, December 05, 2011
Sizable erase and undo buttons at the bottom of the screen let you fix mistakes easily. Nevertheless, anyone who suffers from the so-called "fat-finger" problem or has stiff or arthritic hands should approach the game with an ounce of patience.
—Jill Duffy, “Trainyard Express (for iPhone),” PC Magazine, February 14, 2011
2000 (earliest)
I really need to get this fat finger problem checked by a doctor, or get a bigger keyboard for my laptop!
—Jim Oost, “Script to map share,” Windows IT Pro Forums, September 29, 2000
This is what I call the fat finger factor — while editing any configuration file (no matter how benign your changes are), you might introduce a stray character or two that makes a key command or parameter unintelligible to the server.
—Jonathan Feldman, Sams Teach Yourself Network Troubleshooting in 24 Hours, Sams, December 16, 1998
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