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Android to Add Soft Support for Onscreen Keyboard

Do You Prefer a Physical or a Touchscreen Keyboard?

When a new smartphone comes out, one of the first things I look for is whether it has a touchscreen keyboard or a physical keyboard. When T-Mobile's G1 came out, I was mildly surprised that it was physical, rather than onscreen, because I thought it may be closer in design to the iPhone.

Not to be outdone, it looks like Android will devise an onscreen keyboard for the G1 as well, leaving you with both options to type. Nice compromise!

In the meantime, tell me which one you prefer, since I know that becoming accustomed to the physical keys of a phone like the BlackBerry deterred a lot of people from the iPhone because of its touchscreen.

What do you like to type on?

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agrepina agrepina 8 years
i have the htc touch and while im very happy..i hate txting since its soo hard to do so with a touch screen
kristints kristints 8 years
I learned how to type on my iPhone really quickly, after like a week, I could type faster on it than I can on my computer (and I'm a SUPER fast typer!)
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i hate the touch screen keyboard. i'm always hitting the wrong keys and it annoys me.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have an iPhone and i think that it's a bit more challenging to text from it compared to what it was like with a physical keyboard. i'm a BIG TIME texter so this was kind of frustrating when i first got the phone, but i guess i'm learning how to adapt.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
I am an iphone user and it took me a while to get used to the touch keyboard. I had a BB Pearl and hated the keyboard.
Pink-Crowns-90 Pink-Crowns-90 8 years
im a physical keybored kinda gurl, BIG fan of the pink blackberry curve!
krissycake krissycake 8 years
i have a samsung blackjack and really enjoy the physical's not that i don't like the touch keyboard (BF has a iPod touch) and they're both equally user-friendly, but there's just something about having a 'rea'l keyboard...
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
My LG Voyager has both which I love, but I prefer the physical for almost all my texts and e-mails. It's just easier.
postit postit 8 years
Well I have an iphone 3g but it was not the phone I wanted. For my birthday I asked for a new blackberry since mine was a year old, but my dad surprised me with a iphone. Which I really like but I'm very into texting which is very hard on the iphone due to the virtual keyboard.
celestegc celestegc 8 years
Well, I like both! I have an iphone and I love it! I mean, it was kind of difficult at the beginning, but now I'm a pro texting fast with the touchscreen! and I do have big hands! so, I think it depends on each person
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
I had a touch screen on my Treo then I switched to a Blackberry and will never go back. I've tried the iphone and it is just too finnicky for me.
neko neko 8 years
I like both if they're done well. I have an iPhone, and I love the touch screen. I've never really had an issue with hitting the wrong keys, and each one pops up when you hit it (then again, I don't have big hands or fingers. I've had friends with big hands who can't stand the iPhone). Also, you can choose to text or e-mail in complete silence. I've tried other touch screen phones, and hated them. I think the iPhone is probably the best touch screen phone available. I also like physical qwerty keyboards if they're well designed. I hate phones where I have to press hard on each key to get it to register.
gemsera gemsera 8 years
Physical definitely. My beau has an iphone but i hate using it :(
inertia inertia 8 years
Physical keyboard all the way, preferably one with keys which are slightly concave instead of convex. I have extremely tapered fingers and long nail beds, so that no matter how short I keep my nails, I have the same "no fingertips" problem as women with super-long nails. Even though my fingers are tiny, the tapered shape makes touchscreens more difficult for me than for my husband whose hands are twice as large. Recently I had the chance to try a friend's iphone and although I liked it as a browser, it was impossible to type on. It would be nice if hardware designers would look at the shape of *women's* hands before settling on a design.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
I'm with most people on this one; I own an iPhone and I miss the physical keyboard on my Q so much. Plus the predictive text feature on the iPhone SUCKS. But the web browsing is so much better so I'll deal for now.
psantiago11 psantiago11 8 years
I have the iphone and the G1. I type well with the soft keyboard, but the physical one is better for longer messages and lower errors. I think apple can be a bit stubborn once it decides to go in one direction. They ought to create a suite of iphones to appeal to everyone. That said, the iphone is a game changer for many other reasons.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
I've only had an iPhone and I like the touch screen. My sister had a keyboard phone, and I used it, which was good, but I still like the touchscreen better.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
I cannot STAND touch-screen technology. Aside from how annoying it is to begin with, I think the screens get disgusting.
BellaEdward4ever BellaEdward4ever 8 years
I have an iPod touch, and it hasn't taken me long to get used to it. Also I have really thin
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Physical keyboard for me...I am a Blackberry Curve owner.
ldsims ldsims 8 years
I love the touch I can't go back after the iphone.
devils devils 8 years
Physical. I don't like that whole touch thing. I tried to play with the iPhone at the Apple store and it was pissing me off lol.
marinewifey marinewifey 8 years
I thought I would hate the virtual keyboard on the iPhone, but I'm so used to it now I love it! Plus if I make a mistake it automatically corrects it for me.
lovely2190 lovely2190 8 years
I have a sidekick, and I like the physical touch. However it isn't like i am opposed to virtual keyboad but i do think it is easier with a physical keyboard (because that is what i have =])
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I don't have a smartphone (yet!), but although I really would prefer a physical keyboard, I think I'd rather give that up to have the iPhone. I played around with a friends iPod Touch once, and found that after only maybe half an hour of typing notes back and forth with her, I was getting much better at the on-screen keyboard, so I think I could adapt pretty well if I got an iPhone. :)
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