pretty pointless in my opinion
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With all those buttons it makes a bit of sense to be able to use them or at least the rear touch pad.
I'd like to see one of the sticks used for zooming in/out of web pages.
I can't agree with that I'm afraid. Touch screen control feels just fine when setting up and navigating. It's a touch screen device and that's the way it should be. Using buttons and the d-pad defeats the purpose. If you don't like that then you got the wrong console and should think about returning it.
I agree 100%. It completely defeats the object of the Vita, as it's key selling point was having the touchscreen, and if you're not a fan of using it for the Menu, then personally, I doubt you're going to have a lot of fun using touchscreen controls in-game. If Sony included the D-pad as an optional extra for the Menu navigation, it would just steer the customers away from using the touchscreen, which works perfectly if you ask me, I love it. For those who own keypad phones etc, it may seem weird at first, but you just need to get used to it, that's all.