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Old January 28th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Droid slide out qwerty. Opinions

At first I was a little dissapointed with the slide out qwerty the droid provides, but after a bit of use I have become quite fond of it

I guess you could say it grows on you

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I'm much faster on the virtual keyboard than I used to be, but I still find myself using the slide-out a lot. I can't get away from having tactile feedback, and it does grow on you. I can type just as fast on it as I did on my BB.
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It is a far better slide out than the Iphone has!!
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Droids does...iPhone killing
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I'm much faster on the virtual keyboard than I used to be, but I still find myself using the slide-out a lot. I can't get away from having tactile feedback, and it does grow on you. I can type just as fast on it as I did on my BB.
For some reason I hate the tactile feed back. I had it turned off since day one and periodically turned it on just to try it out but never liked it.

Did the tactile feedback kinda grow on you?
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I have yet to try textile feedback yet. I should try it out
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I have yet to try textile feedback yet. I should try it out
Is "textile feedback" where beautiful woven silks flow out of your phone as you type?

I think I will stick with tactical feedback
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haven't used the physical keyboard since I installing swype

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Is "textile feedback" where beautiful woven silks flow out of your phone as you type?

I think I will stick with tactical feedback
oops, guess thats what i get for Foruming it up on my droid. Lol@autocorrect
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Swype sucks. You can't see the keys without lifting your fingers. Great idea so I thought. It is NOT the future of keyboarding as some on this forum would suggest. I went through the tutorial. I gave it a long practice. I recommend not wasting your time as i did. BOOOOOOO is my rating. To get back on topic, I agree that the droid's slideout keyboard is quite nice after a bit of practice.
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Swype sucks. You can't see the keys without lifting your fingers. Great idea so I thought. It is NOT the future of keyboarding as some on this forum would suggest. I went through the tutorial. I gave it a long practice. I recommend not wasting your time as i did. BOOOOOOO is my rating. To get back on topic, I agree that the droid's slideout keyboard is quite nice after a bit of practice.
For me swype works great its fast you kinda gotta work with it I didn't bother with the tuturial at all it has tips I use it with the pk and fofr me I don't care both get the job done to me I don't know what else to say
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I pretty much never use the slide out keyboard.. except when I needed to get into the menu to apply root.. I've actually considered super glueing the piece of shit shut..
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I pretty much never use the slide out keyboard.. except when I needed to get into the menu to apply root.. I've actually considered super glueing the piece of shit shut..
Haha its true. I've contemplated the same thing. The only thing its good for is opening in my pocket inadvertantly, my fingers are much too big to use it. I only wish the landscape virtual could keep up with me...... they both suck honestly. handcent sucks, better keyboard sucks, even better keyboard sucks. I wish someone would get it together and realize some of us have large hands.
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Hard keyboard is so-so, still oddly positioned
Very used to portrait keyboard for one handed keying
Landscape is very quick
Swype and it's 10mb file blows and so does the autocorrect
2.1 keyboard's voice type trumps ALL
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I never really liked the keyboard but started using it on certain pages so
I can scroll up and reply to other post or check emails I'm replying to.
The voice sucks.. its always off from what I say, its like playing that stupid game
Telephone. Never gets the right message across. Swype works well for me, nice
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I never really liked the keyboard but started using it on certain pages so
I can scroll up and reply to other post or check emails I'm replying to.
The voice sucks.. its always off from what I say, its like playing that stupid game
Telephone. Never gets the right message across. Swype works well for me, nice
For quick messages
Voice on 2.1 keyboard is much better.
Annunciate and speak clearly and naturally.
It get's sentences 9/10 times even in the car on the dock.
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For some reason I hate the tactile feed back. I had it turned off since day one and periodically turned it on just to try it out but never liked it.

Did the tactile feedback kinda grow on you?
Tactile refers to the physical keyboard, haptic is the on-screen. Pretty much the same thing though. Haptic is a tactile feedback technology which takes advantage of a user's sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, and/or motions upon the user.

I hate the haptic feedback on the on-screen, but I love the clicking sound. Psych!!

I prefer the physical keyboard, but use the on-screen for quick short messages or typing with 1 hand. As I've said like 10 times on this forum already (haha) I've never had a problem liking or getting used to the physical keyboard.
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Personally I feel that the slide out keyboard is greatest when you are using the browser because it puts it into landscape mode and you can quickly reply to messages and such. The on screen keyboards are best for replying to shorter messages. It could be alittle better if the on screen keyboard took advantage of the multi touch the droid comes with. No matter what people say the onscreen keyboard doesn't. Put its multi touch to use.
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I find the physical keyboard to be the worst ever. Whenever I sit down, balance the Droid on my knees, and try to touch type, I make errors galore! This never happens on my iPad!
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I find the physical keyboard to be the worst ever. Whenever I sit down, balance the Droid on my knees, and try to touch type, I make errors galore! This never happens on my iPad!
I'm just gonna come right out and say it


You're a dumbass.
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It definitely takes some getting used to but I am now very fast on it, personally. And I think the design was necessary to make it so thin, and is worth it fo sho (:
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It definitely takes some getting used to but I am now very fast on it, personally. And I think the design was necessary to make it so thin, and is worth it fo sho (:
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It came with a physical keyboard?

I Swype my way around...
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I'm just gonna come right out and say it


You're a dumbass.
It was intended as a joke - note the iPad reference.

If it went over your head, my apologies - but no reason for a personal attack.
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It was intended as a joke - note the iPad reference.

If it went over your head, my apologies - but no reason for a personal attack.
haha well I'll just say that sometimes you can't really tell when someone's joking over the internet... and there really are some morons in this world who would post something like that and be completely serious (:
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I use it all the time. I wish it was better, but it's certainly better than the virtual keyboards. If I had one complaint about this phone, it would be the keyboards.
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For sure, they most definetly used the multi touch capabilities alittle better
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love it. although i wish the keys weren't so flat.
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None of you have problems with double pressing nearby keys on the physical keyboard? I find I spend more time correcting than I do typing.
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Overall thoughts:

Physical keyboard...love it when I need it or want more landscape real estate, which isn't all that often. I'm about as fast on physical as virtual, but find it more accurate for some things, and find the dpad useful for surfing.

swype: I loved it in principal, but found that even a few misinterpreted words actually made me slower than stock virtual because it was difficult to back up and I still had to look at the keyboard while typing. So my potential wpm was much higher, but my actual wpm wasn't. I'm currently not using it and not missing it as much as I thought I would.

stock virtual: didn't find haptic feedback too helpful as it only reinforces the tactile feedback you already get from touching the surface. It may have actually slowed me down because I was subconsciously waiting for each haptic register to end before hitting the next key.

Voice entry: seems to work very well until I want to show it off. =p Unfortunately I feel self-conscious talking to my phone, even when alone. I have the same problem with voice dictation software.
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I can't seem to get the hang of it, but it makes me smile to hear in my head "the fingers you have used are too fat. To obtain a special dialing wand mash the keypad now". Its faster than t9 but slower than id like. Ill keep trying though!
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I like it. Use it often
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I am coming from the HTC Touch Pro 2, that keyboard was the sh*t, the phone was not. I'm not so impressed by the physical keyboard on the Droid, but more impressed with the virtual keyboard on the Droid. But the Droid kicks the TP2 out of the park, so I can live with a moderate keyboard on the Droid; the rest of the phone makes up for it.
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I've been swyping. I should give the phyiscal keyboard a try.
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Voice entry: seems to work very well until I want to show it off. =p Unfortunately I feel self-conscious talking to my phone, even when alone. I have the same problem with voice dictation software.


So true.
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My biggest issue with the physical keyboard is that I often hit enter during text messages when trying to hit backspace and I send half texts and look like an idiot lol. I also wish the top row was farther from the screen, but I like the physical and virtual
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I find the physical keyboard to be the worst ever. Whenever I sit down, balance the Droid on my knees, and try to touch type, I make errors galore! This never happens on my iPad!
I Lol'ed.
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My biggest issue with the physical keyboard is that I often hit enter during text messages when trying to hit backspace and I send half texts and look like an idiot lol. I also wish the top row was farther from the screen, but I like the physical and virtual

It took me so long to stop myself from doing that. I would get so many "WTF" texts back lol...
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I understand the complaints about the keyboard, particularly if someone formerly had a Blackberry. But having used an ATT Tilt for a couple of years, I was used to the QWERTY layout. I really like the option to slide out the keyboard if I have a lot of typing to do. The feel is fine and I like having a view of the whole screen while I am typing. The thinness of the device is an acceptable trade off for keys that are bumping. My fingers are too stubby to do anything but type with my thumbnails anyways - already did that with the TILT.
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The thinness of the device is an acceptable trade off for keys that are bumping. My fingers are too stubby to do anything but type with my thumbnails anyways - already did that with the TILT.
Totally agree... droid physical keyboard + thumbnails = win
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I love the physical keyboard vs. the virtual keyboard. I have found though, that the uppermost keys are hard to get to with a case, but i love the keyboard.
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I wonder if there is a way to modify the virtual keyboard to use its multi touch capabilities
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Only thing I use the slide out keyboard is for mod'ing purposes. Can't type worth crap on it.
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The only thing I don't like about it is my droid has a tiny bit of give between the 2 slides. My first droid was amazing (only had for a month) but i had to trade it in due to dust in the screen. Second droid was SUPER LOOSE. Had to trade that in (after a little struggle) for a 3rd. Still got my 3rd droid, not as loose as second one, but still a tiny bit noticeable . My sister just got a droid yesterday (so now i believe it when people say girls have droids) and hers is like super sturdy and just perfect. No wobble or give.
That is the only thing I don't like about the physical keyboard.

Now about swype, I LOVED IT. However, it needs some updates. There were some issues with it I thought needed to be fixed. I can't think of them now which is an absolute bummer cuz I could have emailed suggestions to the swype people or something. Anyway I ended up switching back to the original android keyboard because every now and then the whole swype keyboard would just blink when i tried to type with it and it wouldnt register anything. I would come back to it later and it would be fixed but it happened too many times and it became inconvenient.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:19 AM   #47 (permalink)
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Totally agree... droid physical keyboard + thumbnails = win
It's like have a resistive screen for the physical keyboard, and a capacitive one for the screen. o_0
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Old February 8th, 2010, 11:52 AM   #48 (permalink)
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A lot of mixed opinions.
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Old February 8th, 2010, 12:39 PM   #49 (permalink)
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I find the physical keyboard to be the worst ever. Whenever I sit down, balance the Droid on my knees, and try to touch type, I make errors galore! This never happens on my iPad!
LOL LOL LOL - just pee'd my pants a little bit :P
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I do NOT have big hands or fingers. Compared to most guys I know, mine are fairly small. I have not been able to successfully thumb-type with the physical keyboard yet. I either hit the wrong key or I hit 3 or 4 at once. If I use just one finger, my odds improve, and if I use my fingernail or thumbnail, it really improves. But, I bite my nails so that's not a great solution for me :P

Touchscreen keyboard in portrait mode is about the same. I seem to use just one thumb or one finger when using it. I seldom use the touchscreen in landscape mode because of how much screen it eats up - but it looks like there might be better spacing for my fingers.

Question - how many people that replied to this did so FROM their droid and the physical keyboard?
Me? no - used PC.
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