This is for all those who find a QWERTY keyboard essential on their mobile devices – whether those devices are smartphones or feature phones.
Some touchscreen QWERTY keyboards, such as those on the iPhone and the Samsung Jet, have introduced a new level of usability to touchscreen keyboards. Onscreen QWERTYs are becoming more and more usable.
But each option has its pros and cons. For example, hardware QWERTYs add thickness, mass and weight to the device, not to mention reducing the area available for the display (with the exception of slider keyboards, such as that on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1).
Touchscreen keyboards are not as tactile, even with haptic feedback implemented. We must mention that a touchscreen easily makes a device more fragile too.
There are pros and cons on both sides, and it does not seem that either side will win the war. The question is, “What is your preference – hardware or touchscreen QWERTY keyboard? What informs your preference?”