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  1. mudrock1000

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    How does the N1 fair for someone coming from a cricket phone (samsung Messenger for sometime since i wasn't able to afford another service plan for some time :p) but does want an iphone like device? (I'm using an ipod touch, so compare the keyboards there)

    I like the n1 because of all of it's powerful features like the camera and the processor and android 2, but the lack of keyboard worries me since i've always been able to type incredibly fast and without looking sometimes.

    so how's the texting on the phone?
     

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    if you like typing on the iPod touch, it's a similar experience on N1... at least for me.
     
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    Well then i think i'll like this phone. I'm anxious. I ordered a new debit card and i think i'll get it in a bit, and then i'm going to go and order my N1. I can't wait i've always wanted an android platform phone but each one i've ever seen has had their flaws. (g1s and that awkward chin as an example) I'd love to see a g2, as that'd probably be perfect but we can't have what we want huh :p
     
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    if you like the nexus one but want a keyboard ... hang off for a little bit

    the Nexus Pro ... is rumored to have a physical keyboard and bigger battery

    although its still only in rumor stage who knows when it will be released

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    Funny how people change information as it gets passed along from person to person. Rubin confirmed nothing in that WSJ interview. He said an "enterprise version" may include a physical keyboard ON THE FRONT of the phone, different battery characteristics (doesn't necessarily translate to BIGGER) and/or will be a world phone. But he was just tossing out ideas. He even agreed that it might have a different screen size, and nodded his head at the possibility that it would have some downgraded hardware. All this to say: RUBIN CONFIRMED NOTHING about the next Nexus One.

    You want a N1 with a physical keyboard? It's called a Motorola DROID. Very nice features; it's both better and worse compared to the N1 in different ways.
     
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    I don't see why people would wait for a keyboard if all the other specs is the same. After you trained yourself typing in virtual keyboard like iPhone or Android, you'll get the hang of it fairly quickly ;)
     
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    pretty sure i did mention it was a rumor

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    i dont think that typing on the N1 is like the ipod touch or iphone at all! sure theyre both virtual keyboards, but aside from that, the N1 is much harder for me to get used to.... i've had both an iphone and a blackberrry so im used to being able to type fast and flawlessly, but the N1 keypad is pretty cramped for me, and i have small hands. i even tried to get better keyboard so that there would be a key proximity algorithm to correct typing mistakes but that wasnt really helpful for me... if you know anyone who has one, definitely give it a try before you buy... androids virtual keypad is the only thing about the device that i wish was better. sadly, iphones keyboard beats it hands down...
     
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    I agree. Overall, I like my N1 a lot better, but I text a lot and you don't realize how nice the soft keyboard on the iphone is until you don't have one that works as well. I love being able to customize my phone though, and just hope that swype or future updates make text input better on the N1. The voice option is neat, but it doesn't always get things exactly right and it doesn't do capitalization or apostrophes.
     
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    I don't know about you but i've used iPhone 2G and 3G until November 2009 and typing in Nexus One is pretty much the same experience for me. Now, I did not use any word prediction in all my devices because I type in multiple languages. If I use the predictive text on any platform at all, it will be even slower because I have to correct almost all the words.

    I guess I am just used typing in virtual keyboard heh
     
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    As much as I love my N1, I agree with the other people here. The N1's keyboard is just not up to par with the iPhone/iPod Touch. I don't know what exactly Apple did or how they did it, but their virtual keyboard is the best damn thing even beating out some physical keyboards, imo.

    That said, however, the N1's keyboard isn't terrible. I came from a G1 (where I used almost exclusively the physical keyboard) to my N1 and after only a couple days I am getting fairly proficient with it.

    Hopefully it will get better as Android ages, but for now it's just adequate... not as good as the iPhone's but not terrible either.

    Hope this helped.
     
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    After using almost every device out there I can day its just okay. The screen isn't quite wide enough in portrait mode, but landscape text entry is pretty good. It doesn't seem quite as responsive as the iPhone but the word prediction is better though I think I made less mistakes on the iPhone and its auto-correction was better. The prediction of the keyboard is brilliant though. I would rather have the Droid's physical even if it was pretty terrible or at least HTC's really good virtual.
     
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    i don't have the N1 but i have read in forums that people are getting the N1 to work with the Hero keyboard and the only problem is it doesnt have the mic option on the keyboard. Can someone confirm this?:)
     
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    Yeah installed the Hero keyboard that was for Donut and it works but it deosn't fit right on the screen and it looks kinda blurry.
     

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    SO give me a straight up answer on how I will adapt to this phone, considering i text really, really fast on my keypad, since this is the only flaw on the phone for me

    YES - GET IT
    NO DONT GET IT

    And tell me how easy it is to adapt and how fast and easily you text,

    And any flaws with the phone you see that i may be concerned about
    thank you for you're kind support, i get flamed alot for asking these things on other sites :eek:
     
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    With the range of keyboard options on the Market (and Swype), I'd be surprised if you didn't find something you liked. I'd judge based on whether the rest of the phone seems like it'll work for you. I'd be more worried about, for example, the 3G issues some people (but not me) seem to be having.
     
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    Well i'mthinking i will get either the g1, the moment, or the N1 because i hate the cliq keyboard lol;)...unless someone can tell me that the droid will be going GSM anytime soon.
     
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    The problem with the N1 keyboard is that it does not have multitouch, it is the multi that gives iphone/ipod users the better experience. When you type fast, you hit 2 keys at once, and thats when you get missed letters and odd truncated words. Actually step back and look at the errors you are having, and you will start to realize it is a multitouch issue. I have extensively used both android and apple virtual keyboards.
     
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    so is there a multi touch keyboard in the market for the n1?
     
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    Well what would that mean for a faster texter?
    And i would assume there SHOULD be a multi-touch enabled keyboard. It only makes sense
     
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    I don't really type anymore since i got my N1 the speech to text is amazing great for texting.. But coming from a g1 i don't have any issue typing fast with the onscreen board..
     
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    I highly forsee the multi touch interfering with typing ANYWAYS. If you think about it i don't know anyone that types with two fingers on the keyboard at once.
     
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    i make too many mistakes on the N1 virtual keyboard. its too cramped and it's much easier on the iPhone, way easier. For some reason it doesnt want to type the spacebar that well. I will say the auto correction option displays several words to choose from. I can no longer type fast, but if i do slow it down a bit, i can pick my correct word from the list by the third letter on big words.
    A physical keyboard would be the best thing ever on a phone like this. Preferably the same one as my T-Mobile Wing. That is the best keyboard I've ever used. So fast and so accurate and easy to type on. The keys were bumped up a bit to sense which key you were hitting, unlike the one for the DROID where it's flat and no too useful.

    I too am a huge texter, emailer, facebooker, twitterer and must say the voice-to-text is awesome. You just have to speak slowly, clearly and i noticed if you speak in that robotic GPS voice, it will be 85% accurate on long talks, but for short quick 1 sentence use, its in the 90-95% mark. No periods, though.
     
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    I just switched to the Nexus One yesterday. On the Blackberry Curve keyboard, I type about 70 words per minute. On the Nexus One, I am typing about forty words per minute. I expect in time, I'll be able to get up to 55-60 wpm. After just a day of use, my typing was much improved, and the keyboard did not seem as cramped. Also, as other have said, the voice to text feature is pretty good and I believe is able to make up for the lack of typing speed.
     
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    Are you saying that the phone doesn't type periods when you're doing voice to text? If so, if you say "period" at the end of sentence, it will type a period for you.
     
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