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I love the physical keyboard

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by taz55, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. taz55

    taz55 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I dont get why there are so many people on here who think its useless or bash it. Coming from the omnia to this was a markable improvement.

    Just felt Like I had to say that.

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  2. DGalt

    DGalt Android Enthusiast

    I agree. Granted, this is my first phone with a keyboard, but I type so much faster on it than I can with the software keyboard. Even if it's not the best hardware keyboard I wouldn't trade it for a phone without the hardware keyboard.

    Also, consider that they had to give something up for the sleekness that this phone has. If the keys had been raised any more than they are (which seems to be most people's complaints) the phone would be noticeably thicker. I think they came up with a good middle ground
  3. sooper_droid12

    sooper_droid12 Android Expert

    Like I mentioned in another post, without a track ball of the sorts, it's important that this phone have some form of cursor control since its target demographic may be using this phone for other things other than listening to the latest High School Musical album. Other than that, the keyboard is a boon for text-heavy applications (like editing Word documents on the go) and in the case for those who have a gaming emulator, a d-pad is great for controls because the virtual d-pad is garbage.
  4. v-6 nolo

    v-6 nolo Member

  5. Headsong

    Headsong Member

    Thanks for this thread. I was ready to reconsider and re-look at the Eris, or wait for whatever comes next...I've always been a keyboard fan, and work on spreadsheets...seems necessary for that. But was getting bummed over the neg reactions.
  6. moni19

    moni19 Lurker

    I have to say that the physical keyboard has grown on me...when I first used it, I was so frustrated with it that I just stopped using it...but then I started to get frustrated with using the virtual keyboard so I decided to give the physical one another shot...and I must say, I type way faster on the physical kb, than the virtual one...and by the way, I absolutely love this phone...best phone I've ever owned
  7. baddriver

    baddriver Well-Known Member

    I type faster and more accurately on the physical. And I have to be able to play my snesoid :)
  8. john30308

    john30308 Well-Known Member

    Once I started typing with my fingernails instead of my fingers, it's fine. I agree - faster than either virtual. Still miss my Treo keyboard....
  9. droidjim

    droidjim Lurker

    coming from a blackberry curve the keyboard is not very ergonomical. The main problem is that is off center. The other thing that makes it different form the BB is you have to use 2 hands to type. The droid is not very multi-task friendly.

    I have grown to like it more than when I first got it. I would give it 3 out of 5 stars if I had to rate it.
  10. taz55

    taz55 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    glad to see others agree. I really do love teh phone. And the functionality of the keypad mixed with the dpad is great. I can do all the copy pasting and everything.
  11. gwlaw99

    gwlaw99 Android Expert

    I mostly use it for games and when Ineed to move the cursor within a word. Using on screen controlls with a game is just horrible. I can't imagine not having a dpad and pressable keys.
  12. Redflea

    Redflea Android Expert

    I'm keeping the Droid and not worrying about the Passion or other Android phones coming "soon" partly because I've decided that the physical keyboard is something I want and will use in some situations, even if it is annoying that it is off-centered. It's no Blackberry keyboard, but it's usable.
  13. baddriver

    baddriver Well-Known Member

    Yup, its no blackberry keyboard for sure, but it has a screen about double the size. It's all about compromises. I love the new BB Tour, but for me, having big screen with a keyboard and the customizability of the android os, the best there is right now overall, but not the best at everything individually.
  14. GorillaTheHutt

    GorillaTheHutt Well-Known Member

    this is my 5th phone with a landscape physical keyboard (previous were VX 8900, enV, SMT5800, and i760), and i think it is my favorite. the reasons i like it: the keys are easy to press but still give you the tactile click, so you don't have to use a lot of force and can type very quickly knowing whether you're hitting the keys; also, the OS is actually fast enough to keep up with my typing! this may seem obvious, but it was NOT the case with my WinMo phones.

    i love how easy it is to enter full URLs, or just anything you want...it makes the phone so much more computer-like.
  15. cdodge

    cdodge Android Enthusiast

    I have been trying to get used to it but i cant. the keyboard is terrible even though it is a small step up from an onscreen keyboard. I cant believe motorola released a phone with it. this could have been a great phone with a good keyboard and descent e-mail support. the g-mail support is good but exchange and pop3 support is crap. this phone needs some serious e-mail support upgrades if it ever wants to compete in the busines market.

    I have tried touchdown, k-9, seven and even though they make it a little better it is still not good
  16. digdug

    digdug Member

    One word: autocorrection. When they implement it as it works with the soft-keyboard, I'll be, as they say on masterpiece theater, "all up on dat shit".

    Edit: But in all honesty, Blackberry mastered the keyboard awhile ago. I could type as fast on my curve as on a real keyboard. Having had to use it for work, I got to the point where I could just roll my fingers onto adjacent keys to hammer my e-mails out at lightning speed.
  17. craighwk

    craighwk Android Enthusiast

    Coming from the iPhone, I am used to the on screen keyboards and I can type much faster with it, even in portrait mode, than I can on the physical keyboard. I guess I just haven't given it a chance.

    I don't like the fact there's no auto correct, flush keys, and a small spacebar. Doesn't help that I have fat fingers either.

    The beauty of the Droid is that we're given a choice. I am sure some people hate the onscreen keyboard and would rather use the physical one. More power to em!
  18. cdodge

    cdodge Android Enthusiast

    i personaly hate the keyboard and i am faster with the on screen. I am trying to give it a fair change though :)
  19. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    I do great with every form of text entry the Droid provides.
  20. badandy0014

    badandy0014 Newbie

    The physical took me about a week to adjust from my old Voyager. At first, I wasn't crazy about it but after I mastered the layout, typing on it became second nature again. The on-screen keyboard can drive me nuts sometimes. Some days I bang out a text like nothing, other days its every other word that gets messed up. As its been stated many times, its great to have a choice and everyone will have their own preference.
  21. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member

    I'm starting to use it a little more. At first I would fat finger it so much that I decided to try the software landscape keyboard...while it works very well sometimes, it's just way to inconsistent for every use. I love having that dedicated .com button sometimes...but I hate how it pushes the / key into the exact spot I use to type the spacebar.

    I just wish the dpad was on the left side.
  22. blank

    blank Member

    I was wondering the same thing. I was actually just now creating a topic with the exact same topic title as yours, and it showed me this. ha.

    I love the keyboard, and it works perfect for me. i cant stand using the onscreen keyboard because the physical one works so well.

    im a guy and my fingers are actually not very thin, and yet it still works fine.

    I think the people who hate it must just be using it wrong. Or maybe tryin to use it as they would a computer keyboard.

    You dont use the softside of your fingers to push the keys, you actually gotta tilt your fingers at an angle, and use the tip part, or the nail. It happened naturally to me, and doesnt sound as uncomfortable as it sounds. Once you start using it proberly the groves on the buttons will match perfectly with your finger, and you'll be able to type fast, and just fine.

    Love it!
  23. anuleif

    anuleif Member

    I agree with the OP. =-) I just came from an LG Dare, and this keyboard is like heaven. =-)
  24. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    I love mine too!
  25. takeshi

    takeshi Android Expert

    It's called opinion. Not all people are the same.

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