I don't use it to type that often, but I have found it most useful in three situations. 1. On some websites, the soft keyboard just doesn't pop up and you need to use the slide out keyboard. 2. It's a lot easier for editing typing mistakes. 3. Trying to play most games using a touch screen is a horrible experience. What good is the 1ghz snapdragon cpu/gpu on the upcomming Passion when game controls will be horrible.