Android phone with Palm-Pre-like keyboard?

ykurland

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I've been watching this site for a few months now, hoping to see an Android phone with a keyboard simillar to the Palm-Pre (slides vertically rather horizontally) plus a touchscreen.
Does anybody know about either an existing, or upcoming Android device with these specifications?
Thank you,
Yoni
 

TaeKwonDonkey

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I have to agree with tada, the pre-style keyboard is not attractive to me and I don't see how Pre users can type on such a small keyboard. But hey, to each their own.
 

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The Pre keyboard is actually really easy to type on. It takes a week or so to get used to it but after that it really is easy to use. I can type on it a lot better than I can the Hero keyboard. Personally I do like landscape keyboards better. Hell I just want a Droid on Verizon. Here's to hoping the upcoming LG is a winner.
 

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I'd love it, I won't, but I almost want to get a Pre just because of the keyboard. I'm about to get a Moment but every phone I've owned has been a Palm. Right now I have a Centro, and once you get used to it a keyboard that small is unparalleled in terms of speed. I can type without looking very, very fast, your thumbs don't have to travel far. I'm sure a landscape physical keyboard will be good but even once typing from memory it won't be as fast as a vertically sliding keyboard.

A slightly larger screened Pre, with better build, faster processor, and more apps would be the perfect phone.
 

Jeremy

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The Palm Pre has the most dreadful keyboard in the history or hardware keyboards. That's just my opinion though. :)
 

shady12#AC

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When I played with it in the store it felt perfect from the second I tried to use it. I like small physical keyboards. I've had Treo's and a Centro for the last 8 years, so it's second nature to me. All other keyboards seem terrible..but I'm sure I'll get used to them. On-screen keyboards on the other hand, no way. I've tried them and have about 5% accuracy hitting the right key even if I do hit it part of your finger hits another and who knows which will register. And would never be able to type from memory, I don't want to have to stare at a keyboard as I type.
 

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I have normal size hands and can fly with typing on its keyboard. I think im one of the few that actually loves the Pre keyboard. Its the only thing I miss on my Hero.
 

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The worst part of the onscreen keyboard is that it takes up screen space. I have to wrestle with that every time, trying to figure out a way to get the input box and keyboard to fit without obscuring one another.

I would like to see a pixi-like Android device. I don't mind a smaller screen at all. IMO these current devices are huge beyond practical.
 

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Give me a phone like the N1 with a well designed slide out keyboard which resembles the Blackberry 9000 keyboard and I'm in love. That keyboard is the best keyboard ever put on a mobile phone.
 

dwaynewilliams#WN

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The Pre keyboard is actually really easy to type on. It takes a week or so to get used to it but after that it really Uis easy to use. I can type on it a lot better than I can the Hero keyboard. Personally I do like landscape keyboards better. Hell I just want a Droid on Verizon. Here's to hoping the upcoming LG is a winner.

I agree with you. I had a Pre for about a week and the one thing that I was skeptical about was the keyboard. That was the least of my problems with the device. I actually thought the keyboard was really good. I was able to type fast and accurately. It did take me some time to get used to not double tapping the spacebar for a period. But after a week I was able to adjust. I think the keyboard is underrated.
 

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