questionsdo you use your smartphone's physical keyboard?

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The Droid 2 has a better keyboard, just don't expect Palm or Blackberry ergonomics. I have the original Droid. I use it a lot for websites (auto-spell & auto-correct don't work because of the nature of URLs) and when I am controlling a server.

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While I used the slide out keyboard of my Droid 1 daily, I know many people who have adjusted to the touchscreen keyboard and swipe keyboard very quickly.

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I have an HTC Hero and would kill to go back to a physical keyboard. The input delay for the virtual one is terrible and I typically have to resort to the use one finger to poke method in order to veer away from frustration. I've given up ever using landscape mode even, as it doesn't help at all, apart from slightly more space.

This was an issue for the default keyboard as well as the replacement I use. (SwiftKeys; I heard Swype is good too.)

I do have large hands, though, so that may be a factor as well.

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My fingers are usually too big for touchscreen keyboards, so I opted for the Droid also. Though my fingers are also too big for the physical keyboard, it is still easier for me to use than the touchscreen ones.

I almost would rather go back to the days of typing with the numpad. With autocorrect, I could type on those much faster with one thumb without looking, which was helpful in class or in a meeting.

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I would never, EVER, consider a phone without a physical keyboard. I'm currently on my LAST Blackberry. RIM has gone out of their way to piss me off, and I'll be transitioning to a G2 (via T Mobile) in June.

Why, no, I do NOT want spam from you RIM. No, I don't want you to send me chatty newsletters from which there is no possibility of unsubscribing. No, I don't want you to send me notices of BB updates that are actually just advertisement (that one was this morning). I'm done.

Back on point. The keyboard on the G2 is pretty decent. I'll miss my full qwerty keyboard from my current toy, but I'll get over it. Besides, RIM's stock is tanking, anyway. Glad I don't have any.

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@misuhsipee: I think I miss the numpad also, for the exact same reason. Being able to type out a reply, one-handed, without looking, came in surprisingly handy.

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@shrdlu: (Off Topic) I have had a trouble ticket open with RIM for 2 weeks for a Blackberry that won't sync contacts with an BES. I tried ALL of their support except paid. I figure a new BB should get free support, at least for setup.

The G2 looks pretty good. Don't expect the battery life of your old BB. So far, battery life hasn't been much of a priority with these new touch screen phones.

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I wouldn't use a phone without a physical keyboard either. The on-screen thing just doesn't do it for me. I tried, really. I need to upgrade my droid soon, but I'm holding out for the Droid 3 and hoping it comes out this summer.

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I've been using a phone with no physical keyboard for about four years now and I absolutely LOVE IT! I would NEVER go back to a physical keyboard. For the first week of having a touch screen keyboard I hated it but once I got used to it I loved it. You type so much faster since you don't have to press down on the keys. And I don't care what anyone says; a touch screen keyboard is bigger than a physical keyboard (as long as your phone can turn the screen).

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I've had the droid 2 for about 4 months now. I do most of my testing with the virtual keyboard with swype, as it is pretty easy and fast to use. If I know it's going to be a lengthy message, or if I'm writing an email, I'll often pull out the physical keyboard and use that. The keyboard works well even though I have relatively large hands. I decided on this phone because I had never had a touchscreen phone before and wanted some buttons just in case I didn't like it. So far, I haven't been disappointed in my choice.

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I know my mother does not, she just uses the voice rec on her droid 2

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@holymythos: Do you ever miss the tactile feedback? I feel like if I can feel the edges of the keys, I can move my fingers more quickly than if I had to poke a smooth screen.

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I currently have an LG Rumor Touch that offers both options: physical keyboard entry and virtual touch keyboard. After using the virtual keyboard a couple of times, I wanted to smash it repeatedly against large, heavy objects. I've only used the physical keyboard ever since.

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Smartphone? What smartphone? I've only got a plain old Tracfone.

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@gluonconcerto: Almost all phones that have touch screen keyboards vibrate on keypress. I used to use it when I first got the only-virtual keyboard, but now I don't use it since it wastes battery.

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I prefer the physical keyboard. I find it difficult to text in certain lighting with a virtual keyboard. The physical is always easy to see and feel.

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I use the physical keyboard on my phone most of the time. I almost never use the touchscreen one. I make far fewer typos, can type way faster, and then you don't have a keyboard taking up half the screen.

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I originally got the droid for the keyboard, but I found that I never used it, and I was just as quick on the touchscreen. I had a Droid X next, and it was the best touch keyboard I have used. It's not too hard to get used to.

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I never had a smart phone w/ a physical keyboard, but I have used them. I've only had "dumbphone" and now I have an iPhone. The virtual keyboard is ok, but I'm a female and have pretty small hands. I find having the keyboard clicks on helps me type easier. (I do know how to type the "right" way) Landscape sometimes is harder for me.

Oh and typing WITH nails on is a B**!! LOL.

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@msklzannie: I have Virgin Mobile prepaid w/ a "dumbphone" also, and I hardly ever text on it. I actually am faster typing "44,33,555,555,666" than "43556". I don't know why that is tho.

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My biggest fear when I was upgrading from my Cliq (with keyboard) to an HTC HD7 was not having a keyboard but as it turns out I make less mistakes on the virtual keyboard then I used to with the Cliq. I think it depends on the person and the model phone more than anything

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When i sent sms i used to sync. With my PC,and yesterday i suddenly found that i don’t know how to option SMS forwarding,and I told my friend I buy a bad HTC