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Would You Rather Have NO Physical Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Stangs55, Oct 31, 2009.

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Would you rather the Droid have a...

  1. Physical Keyboard, just like it is

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  2. Virtual Keyboard, like the iPhone

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  3. I like toast

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  1. Stangs55

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    Just curious...I'd definitely prefer a Droid with only a virtual keyboard (like the iPhone). Take away the sliding keyboard and you'd likely have a phone slimmer than the 3GS and more comparable in weight.
     

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    I actually cannot stand virtual keyboards. The main reason I like the Droid is because of the physical keyboard (there are other reasons as well, but that is one of the major ones).

    I have an iPod Touch, and I make typing mistakes ALL the time. Out of all the virtual keyboards, I feel like the iPhone has one of the better ones.
     
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    Then you might want to wait for the HTC Passion. Rumor is that it will be launching in Dec sometime.
     
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    the eris should be released the same day and although it's not running 2.0, it likely will get an update when htc hero's does. it's a good option for those that do not want a keyboard.
     
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    I have found the HTC WinMo virtual keyboard to be better than my iTouch keyboard. While neither one is as good as having a physical keyboard, I'm ok either way.
     
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    Is it confirmed that the virtual key board DOES NOT support multi touch,(as of now) by engadget.
     
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    They shouldve made both. A version with a hardware keyboard and one without.
     
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    That is not true. Every other review I have read said that it does support. Engadget review is incorrect.
     
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    Yup. Short answer: The Droid does support multitouch, however it is only implemented in the keyboard as of now. We can hope for future updates to add support to the browser, etc.
     
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    When the Hero ROM is updated to 2.0, does that mean if we install this ROM onto a DROID it will then have multi touch?
     
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    I like toast, because I'd like a better physical keyboard with offset keys and no D-pad.
     
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    I like the idea of a d pad. If I'm in landscape mode and typing frequently i'd like to have a d pad to easily flick through menus etc. Having to move your hand to the screen to select stuff while the keyboard is out seems awkward. But I agree a better keyboard would be better. If the keyboard isn't done well it mayaswell not be done at all.
     
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    I like having both the physical and virtual. It's nice to have options.
     
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    I absolutely wanted a physical keyboard...I just hope it's a good keyboard, which I won't really know until I have a chance to use it.

    Well they kinda did. If you hate the physical keyboard you never have to use it since there is a virtual one.

    I can't see anyone who was genuinely loving the phone not getting it because of the physical keyboard, but I could see plenty not getting it if it lacked the keyboard.

    My understanding was that Android supported multitouch, but the virtual keyboards on the Droid did not.
     
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    The Droid is Android 2.0. Verizon has made no edits to the OS.

    I have used the Droid and I can say that is supports MT on the virtual keyboard.
     
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    So let me get this straight - all 3 editors on the engadget are lying through their teeth? I would take their word for it - since all three got a Droid to review. What proof do you have that it supports multi touch? these reviews are you speaking of are just reading the spec sheet. Either way i do believe multitouch support will be added in the future, currently none.
     
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    outside of the fact that I have used a demo unit, here:

    Motorola Droid (Verizon Wireless) Smartphone reviews - CNET Reviews

    "The capacitive display's touch interface is quick and responsive and we love the added multitouch capability."
     
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    Why wouldnt you want both? And I also like toast!
     
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    I'd ditch the keyboard, just for the sake of a thinner, trimmer form factor, and room for a bigger battery.
     
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    Many of their comments where targeted at the browser, not the on screen keyboard IIRC...I won't really miss multi touch browsing since I have never used it, but it would be nice if they added it at some point in the future...
     
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    agreed- either everyone else is wrong (and the description in the SDK- "The framework's multi-touch support ensures that key presses aren't missed while typing rapidly with two fingers.") or engadget is wrong.
     
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    i think that's the beef that I've seen- you still have to double tap to zoom the brower rather than pinch becasue the browser doesn't have multitouch yet.
     
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    I don't think is that the browser doesn't support it, that should be easy, the problem, from what I've read, is that Apple has a patent on multi-touch gestures. I'm not sure how Palm is getting by with it on the Pre but I don't think Google wants to push it just yet.
     
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    Yep from the same review you linked

    Speaking of which, the Android virtual keyboard is largely the same, but Google says it revamped the keyboard layout for faster, more-accurate typing. We haven't noticed specific design changes just yet, but we'll explore a bit more. Also, as Google puts it, "the multitouch support ensures that key presses aren't missed while typing rapidly with two fingers." When using either keyboard, Android 2.0 offers a better dictionary that includes contacts names.
     

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