I’ve had a Motorola Droid for over six months now and have decided that the slide-out keyboard is totally unnecessary for my use. That’s a little surprising to me in retrospect, since I originally got the Droid for three reasons:
- it ran Android on the Verizon network
- it had a good touchscreen
- it had a keyboard I could actually type on
In reality the on-screen keyboard is good enough for most circumstances that I wish I could give back the physical keyboard in return for a thinner phone (or maybe more battery). I just don’t find myself doing nearly as much typing as I thought I wold.
App designers have done a very good job of making it easy to live without much keyboard activity, and the auto-complete stuff that some apps take advantage of makes it easy to use the “slower” software keyboard in most cases. The only real exception has been using an SSH client. But that’s rarely something I do more than once a month anyway.
I’m guessing my next phone will have a better screen (of course), run Android, and not have a physical keyboard at all.