Will be my first smartphone with no physical keyboard
Its funny because I said I would never even think of getting an iphone, because it has no physical keyboard. (but on top of that i just dont like apple)
How hard is it to transition from physical keyboard of several many years to now just typing on glass?
I just figure if all these millions of iphone users can type with it, i guess i will learn to. I can only guess tho that my error rate will be higher than with a physical keyboard.
I have a palm pre now and for kicks i installed the virtual keyboard(on screen keyboard). Man i get super duper spelling errors using that!!
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Just playing around man. Mellow out.
Last month I finally ditched my LG Lotus (with a tiny Pre like keyboard that was absolutely perfect) for a Samsung Moment. If you have any experience with that piece of crap you'll be well familiar with the terrible keyboard. I switched to the on-screen keyboard only after a week of trying to familiarize myself with that terrible keyboard. Landscape mode FTW, Portrait mode was almost useless. After a few weeks of that It was very easy, faster than with my Lotus if you account for the word suggestions.
I brought the turd back and pre-ordered my Evo. With the HTC keyboard and a much (much) larger screen I can only imagine that it will be even better and even easier.
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I have Touch Pro2 and i've been using the on screen keyboard to type in preparing for usage with the EVO and i can say it sucks! Hopefully the increased screen size and the EVO's multi-touch capabilities will help but the 3.6-3.7" of the TP2 is quite big already. Typing in portrait mode makes me crimp my thumb so much already. I've already started a "phone fund" to save up for a possible EVO-like phone with a physical keyboard, once that comes out i'mi jumping ship but we'll see...
- 05-25-2010, 08:03 PM #9
Before I got the Moment it was a concern of mine as well. I went to the Sprint store with the intention of getting the Hero, on the advice of many satisfied friends. When I got there I just couldn't stand the idea of a phone with no 'real' keyboard.
I have no such concerns anymore.
- 05-25-2010, 08:10 PM #10
I was actually faster and more accurate on the HTC onscreen keyboards than the Pres physical one.
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I'm swapping out a Treo 680 for the EVO, I know it's a dinosaur but the sweet keyboard will be missed.
My thought is using the speech-to-text will replace the need to key texts or browser searches, is that practical with Android or have I been reading too many google press releases?
- 05-26-2010, 08:55 AM #17
The closest thing you can try to match the Evo keyboard is with an Incredible or HD2.
Using a TP2 is in NO WAY a comparison. Simply because it's not the same layout and it's on a resistive screen. The HD2 has the size but not layout (WinMo / Android Sense KB's differ); while the Incredible isn't the same size, it has the same layout / processor. Using a Hero is kind of a bad choice too... the processor isn't that great and therefore makes the keyboard lag at times.
- 05-26-2010, 11:21 AM #18
I went from a BB 8330 to the Hero. It's not too difficult transitioning from a physical KB to virtual but, I will say that I used to fly on the BB keyboard. After having the Hero now for 6 months now, I can blaze through texts (although, not as fast as I ever could on the BB). The predictive text feature on the HTC phones helps too. In the end, I still think that a physical KB has it's advantages over virtual, but I wouldn't worry about it (and I dunno how you Pre folks can use that physical keyboard on that thing... when I tested it on launch day... my hands cramped up after typing one sentence ).
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