Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 16:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Verge reviews the BlackBerry Q10: "Maybe you're here for the keyboard. As superb as the Q10's physical keyboard is, I keep thinking about the six-year evolution of the soft keyboard since the introduction of the original iPhone. They've gotten so good on every platform - iOS, Windows Phone, Android, even BlackBerry's own Z10. The argument used to be that physical keyboards were for serious users who needed to burn through email, and I just don't think that holds water anymore. Yes, this is the best of a dying breed, but for the life of me, I don't know why someone who's accustomed to a full-touch phone would come back to this." I disagree. Touchscreen keyboards have not improved considerably at all - in fact, I find them just as terrible and unpleasant to use as when they were first introduced on Palm OS and Windows Mobile. A properly designed hardware keyboard - preferably landscape (like on the E7), but portrait will do too - will always run circles around those frustrating software keyboards. Major respect to BlackBerry for sticking to their guns. To anyone making a quality phone with a landscape hardware keyboard (rebadge an E7 for all I care) running Android or Windows Phone: please, take my money. Please.
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can't beat swype
by NuxRo on Mon 29th Apr 2013 17:01 UTC
NuxRo
Member since:
2010-09-25

I've got hold of an Galaxy SII and played with Swype: my typing speed was suddenly increased 4-5 fold without spelling errors. How can any physical keyboard compete with this?

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RE: can't beat swype
by No it isnt on Mon 29th Apr 2013 17:50 in reply to "can't beat swype"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Try typing without looking at your phone. With some training, you could easily do that, quickly and precise, on an old-fashioned T9. Tactile feedback can only tell you that you just pressed some button, not which one you're going to press.

I've used Swype for a year, and I love it, but compared to a real keyboard, it's utter shit.

Edited 2013-04-29 17:51 UTC

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RE[2]: can't beat swype
by tylerdurden on Mon 29th Apr 2013 22:23 in reply to "RE: can't beat swype"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Blind touch typing may make sense in devices where the keyboard and the screen have some significant degree of separation. It is however moot for a small device like a cellphone.

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