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Do you use the physical keyboard?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Trident, Apr 10, 2010.

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Do you use the physical keyboard?

  1. Yes, all the time

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  2. Sometimes

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  3. No, I use the virtual keyboard, speech to text, or Swype

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    30.0%
  1. Trident

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    The Droid's physical keyboard: some hate it, some love. Do you use it?
     

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    Yup, I use it 95% of the time. Love it. The other 5% is speech to text!
     
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    there is a physical keyboard!!!!! i would get the nexus just for the reason of not having it
     
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    Huh? :thinking:
     
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    I've used the keyboard maybe 5 times and I've had my Droid since day 1. Guess you can put me in the "hate it" category as a result.

    The Eris was just too slow and I've owned a Nexus One as well but T-Mobile's service is still garbage where I live. I will be ditching the Droid for the HTC Incredible in a few weeks. Less bulk and no keyboard with Android 2.1 + Verizon is just what I'm looking for.
     
  6. dougwilson2000

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    The physical keyboard is great. It is more then just for typing. Learning and using all the shortcuts is way faster than finding the icons. Most of my apps I launch from the keyboard. Much faster when multi tasking.
    I bet most who dislike the keyboard have never really tried the shortcuts.
     
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    Only used it to test it. :D
     
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    Once you set your shortcuts up, it is so fast! I can launch 6 different apps faster than most can launch 2 apps. No looking for icons,30 apps at my thumb tips. Plus it is easier to hold the phone and I get a FULL screen when I do type.
     
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    Just to reboot the phone Shift/Alt/Delete
     
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    I love the physical keyboard! I think it's easier to hold with it out anyway.
     
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    Took awhile for me to use it as I was always using the onscreen keyboard. I got tired of the screen always being taken up by the keyboard and text field so I started forcing myself to use it. Now, I use it all the time. Just took a little time to get used to it but I type on it just as fast as I can the virtual keyboard. Plus, I have it open all the time cause it makes the phone great to hold onto when playing games of just surfing the net.
     
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    I use mine all the time.
     
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    I hate the keyboard. Virtual for me baby!
     
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    Keyboard is for more than just typing.
     
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    I mainly just use the physical keyboard for game emulators and filling out online forms so I can see the form without the virtual keyboard covering up the screen. The rest of the time I Swype.
     
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    I like the physical keyboard, but don't use it. I'm a bad speller and the word suggest/auto complete is my savior. But it doesn't work with the physical keyboard.:(

    The virtual keyboard use up the screen, so you can't see the next field
     
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    If I'm typing a short text or something, I'll use the virtual keyboard, but if I'm typing a novel, I'll use the physical one. Also use it for web forms like some of you do. I wouldn't have gotten the Droid if it didn't have a physical keyboard to it.
     
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    Hey bro, just download this htc hero virtual keyboard apk and you'll get the word suggest/auto complete for your physical keyboard. Its quick, simple and easy!

    HTC Keyboard on myTouch 3G - Android Forums
     
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    The physical keyboard is one of the main reasons I will always have a Droid from now on. If you're ordering anything online, the physical keyboard KICKS ASS... without a doubt. I also use it when working with Excel. If you're doing these types of things, the physical keyboard is far superior to any soft keyboard, including Swype (and I LOVE Swype).

    I also intend to create my shortcuts and use the keyboard to launch apps in order to save time.
     
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    I use it for shortcuts, but for anything else, it is just a waste. It's so bad that I think it is a ploy to make you buy the Droid2. :eek:
     
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    I use it sometimes. the seido case makes it more of a chore though.
     
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    I love the keyboard :) I never use the software keyboard at all
     
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    I use it alot more now that I can actually open it with my seidio case. When I used the VZW one, it was too much of a struggle to open. Short texts I use virtual though. And very long texts I use speech to text.
     
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    I rarely use it except check the fields I'm filling out on sites. Guess I haven't really tried it enough. Every time I've tried I always ended up fat fingering the keys. I hope when the 2nd version comes out they give it a much better keyboard cause I really do like having the option. And please add auto correct somehow.
     

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