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Do New Phones Signal the Death of the Keyboard?

The latest crop of smartphones to hit the market — from the iPhone to the just-announced Droid X — have a few major design elements in common. One is a large screen, and the other is the absence of a keyboard. Some analysts are predicting that these phones may spell the end of the physical keyboards on phones.

With so many phone designs and options, I don't think the physical keyboard is going away anytime soon. Especially since so many smartphones are used for business, and a keyboard lends itself to making messaging and emailing easier. But supporters of the argument claim that the shift away from keyboards "has been a long time coming." What do you think?

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Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
No, I like my keyboard phone and wouldn't have it any other way and there are plenty of people who feel the same.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 5 years
I think it'll be at least 10 years before that happens, if at all.
weffie weffie 5 years
I need my keyboard! I'm really not a fan of touch screen phones anyway, partly because the technology is still imperfect, and partly because I'm clumsy and drop my phone a lot... if one screen crack = useless phone, I'd be replacing the thing on a monthly basis (like my roommate, who went thru 4 iPhones in under 3 months before scrapping it for a good ol' qwerty Samsung Reclaim). It also seems easier to type with both thumbs holding a keyboard phone. Most iPhone users I see hold their phones in one hand and type with one finger of the other hand, which seems insanely slow if you have a high volume of business correspondence.
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