How The Blackberry Bold Touch 9900 Saved Me From Insanity

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Lawd knows I tried. I really did.


I tried with the Nokia N8, but found myself regularly picking up the E7 again and again.

I tried with the N9, but experimented with the Optimus Pro to get some relief. A downgrade, yes, but relief.

I tried with the Galaxy S II, but dropped it for the Xperia Pro when that showed up even though the move was a clear downgrade too.


I have been back on the Galaxy S II for a while now, but Lawd knows that I have been inching towards insanity as the days went by.

Then the BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 arrived from our new UK-based partners (who will be running our Phone Store soon), and – oh! Deliverance!

The gods of mobile know that I tried. I used the standard onscreen keyboards, I used Swype and actually like it. I used a few other alternatives too.

As good as they are, they all leave me frustrated regularly. Argue about Swype being fast. Sorry o, but everything in life is not about speed.

Here I am typing away on the 9900 (yes; I am typing this article on it), and you should see me go at it. Good speed. Great tactile feedback. Less errors. Less frustrations.


Thank the gods for hardware keyboards!

I have since moved all my text input activities except Skype chat and SMS to the 9900. Twitter, Facebook, GoogleTalk, WhatsApp, Yahoo Messenger, Email, documents editing, and notes – all now done comfortably with a hardware QWERTY.

I wish I could move everything by using my main SIM, Glo, on the 9900, but Glo’s legendary epileptic Blackberry service will see me condemned to an asylum faster than the frustrations of onscreen typing ever can.

But most is good enough.

Now, I don’t have to explain to that babe anymore that where she saw “arrogance” in the message that I sent her, I had meant and Swyped “silence” instead, but that the gods of mobile had been out to get me and had changed it before it got to her.


Imagine the possibilities!

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  1. Actually i thought i was alone with having issues with touchscreen typing, with swype input and all. I find out i spend more precious time editing displayed words and putting in new vocabulary, compared to using a hardware keyboard. So much for speed!

  2. I just smiled.

    Physical QWERTY key pad is not just a saviour for you, but better for those of us with sweaty palms. In my case, I am comfortable with typing with the touch screen QWERTY. My single gripe is those moments when I develop sweaty palms. Even with my sweaty palms, it’s touch QWERTY all the way.

    In summary, in the world of smartphones there are those who love physical QWERTY keys and those who prefer touch QWERTY keys. 🙂

  3. Now that’s a good thought, I have always been one for physical keyboards. I must confess though that although I loved my Nokia 2626 back in the days, it could store up to 2,000 text messages and I was text addict, I kinda fell in love with my Nokia 5800 and typed almost as fast as I did on the Nokia 2626. Qwerty keys are meant to be hardware, the software, well, I guess our hands and brains adjust and we become used to it. Glad you finally found what you are comfy with, when I started with BB 8520, it was like I had been suffering myself for years, typing was so easy and straight-forward that I could type faster than I could on a computer keyboard, now with my 8530, life is good. My HTC Mozart running WP7 is still a bit tricky as the on-screen keypad keeps typing something else. Will take a while before I adjust if ever, since my BB always creates a way of escape!

  4. MrMobility will check into yaba left when os10 comes out…all touch phones will be next-generation blackberry devices.

  5. The issue of which is superior- (hardware QWERTY or touch QWERTY)? overall – has been overdiscussed. The touch has more pros than cons. That ?input_speed? world record conclusively puts the controversy to rest.
    The problem of word mis-substituion / autocorrect is a nagging one. This can be addressed by the following:

    1) Be more careful. ?Check? before you ?send?. Repeat. ?Check? before you ?send?.
    2) For an app like ?Swype?, turn on ?word suggestion?. If you swype a word that can be interpreted as more than a single word, the system lists the options. It is a simple matter to choose the correct one. If what you ?swype? can only be interpreted in one way, no problems.
    3) Clear your dictionary. When Swype first came out (on Symbian), any word you ?type? ? that is not already in its dictionary, is added AUTOMATICALLY. Dumb! The recent models make the addition optional. An earlier user would have a lot of misspelled junk ?words? in his dictionary. Clearing your dictionary would get rid of all the junk. You can do this by just reinstalling. Additionally, whenever you notice a misspelled word, remove from the dictionary. The bizarre situation of strange_word_substitutions will then (eventually) be practically eradicated.
    I feel the problems encountered by those resisting the ?touch? evolution is a mental one. A mental block that is easily addressable.

    If you know the QWERTY layout ice_cold enough to type fast on a hardware keyboard, there is no reason (apart from that mental block) NOT to be a speedy ACCURATE user of apps like TouchPal, SlideIt or Swype.

    As these keyboard apps evolve, they will get better.

  6. I tried with the Nokia N8, but found myself regularly picking up the E7 again and again.

    I tried with the N9, but experimented with the Optimus Pro to get some relief. A downgrade, yes, but relief.

    I tried with the Galaxy S II, but dropped it for the Xperia Pro when that showed up even though the move was a clear downgrade too.

    There is no doubt that you tried but my submission is that you did not try hard enough. How can you possibly try hard enough when you always have a horde of better alternative to fall back on at the slightest frustration?

    Yes you tried hard or rather half-heartedly and always keeping it at the back of your mind that there is just so much frustration you can take and at the slightest indication, eased back to your comfort zone.

    You tried and that shows you would have loved to do it the touch way and maybe even better than you can on physical QWERTY but you were not prepared to pay the price of shifting to all touch. And whereas those who are used to touch (including number one) may ramble about the superiority of touch QWERTY, I really do not see why you should change from what you are used to and comfortable with just because some people think it is better.

    I have sworn never to switch to a physical QWERTY so long as the touch alternatives are still out there and since manufacturers will keep producing physical QWERTYs for those that need it like Mr. Mobility, I think it is fair enough that all our needs are met and the choice of what we use is ours to make.

  7. I have sworn never to switch to a physical QWERTY so long as the touch alternatives are still out there

    DOUBLE Ditto

    Gullible

  8. Yomi and physical keyboards. I think Harry is right about him. Good enough that we have different options at our disposal. Most manufacturers try to offer both the touch screens and the physical qwerty, except for apple.
    I have tried to use the physical keyboard on devices severally just to know how better they feel, but really not getting same comfort as on my touch screens. But I wasn’t quick to judge them as not good enough. Rather, I think it will take continuous use for me to like it.

    Touch screen keyboards too have their shortcomings. That is why there is continuous development on them. The new stock ICS keyboard for example is a lot better than that of gingerbread. Its so much better I couldn’t wait for the ICS upgrade, had to download the keyboard from the market and install on my gingerbread running galaxy s2. As small as the iPhone screen is, 3.5′, they keyboard feels adequate within the small screen even for my large fingers.

    A major let down for me though for physical keyboards is the space it occupies on devices. It makes it impossible to have light weight, large screen estate and thinner devices.

  9. Belushi

    I agree – I find it easier to type on the iPhone than the SGS2.

    Not all touchscreen keyboards are equal, there are obviously quite a few inferior ones.

  10. @Mr_Mobility

    I never knew they have a psychiatry app built into the BB 9900. 😀

    @Noni,

    I can agree with that. Touch typing on iPhone is one of the best i ever used. All touchscreen qwerty keyboards are equal but some are more equal than others. 😉

  11. EyeBeeKay,

    I love these tips you keep giving. Still, how come you (and others, but especially you) keep coming up regularly with comments that contain the following sort of highlighted errors?

    (** test paying with NEW UCBrowser V8.3.0.133 S60V5 pf50 (zh-cn) release (Build12030918) **)

    Would love to see more software companies emulated this wonderful Chinese company.

    *paying = posting
    **emulated = emulate

    Source

    Apparently, those touchscreen typing tips don’t always work 😉

  12. Veritas

    Lawd! Not another physical keyboard vs virtual keyboard debacle..

    I keep wondering why an article like this should always degenerate into that. I have not written an article that bashes touchscreen typing. I have only written a narrative of my recent experiences and preference.

    Apparently, some people cannot read it that way, enjoy it and post comments without turning it into another debate.

    I tire.

  13. Apparently, those touchscreen typing tips don’t always work 😉

    Bros, those errors are truly often embarrassing

    But those tips, IF APPLIED, would work.

    Problem is- i often FAIL to practise what i preach…especially, this one..’..Be more careful. ‘Check’ before you ‘send’… Repeat.’Check’ before you ‘send’…

  14. Shayman

    You guys should just use what works for you…simple!

    Too simple. Yet, as always there are those who want to prove the superiority of one against the other. Lots of yada, yada, in my opinion.

  15. Was the general overseer of the “I shall never use a touch qwerty” church. Decided to give it a try, was frustrated at first but got perfectly used to it. Swype is just awesome, with it i typed faster than i did on my e5 and also accurately too(turned off autocorrect……that annoying piece of sh……) I’m very comfortable with both keypads.

  16. My dear Mr. Mobility, I don’t want to sound impertinent, but Methinks that you are yet to catch up with using a pure touch screen device. QWERTY is good, quite alright but cannot triumph the vagaries of the touchscreen. 

    One of the reasons of using the E6 was to have a first hand experience of hardware QWERTY. Another reason for delving into Blackberry Bold for my wife and myself was to also experience the Blackberry platform From the “inside” for myself. 

    I consider myself a Geek. And as such, I also like being informed before I critique any thing. Otherwise I may as well be talking from ignorance. Tactile feedback? That’s overrated, in my opinion. Even some touch screen phones have haptic feedback! It’s more of the same! Auto-correction misspelling? I think that’s because we are all lazy! We do not take time enough to edit our words properly before posting. There’re invariably an attention deficit in many users of social media. If we all could be patient for a moment, then auto-correction is not a bad thing after all or the Devil that many people make it to be.

    I always wonder if Auto-Correct was so bad, why do people still leave it on? Why not just disable it? I know they won’t. Auto-Correct despite its “Evil” is still much better than not having it!

    Something I think I’d love about the Bold Touch however is the implementation of both Hardware on Touch Screen in the Candy bar factor. Nokia appears to have gotten it right. I just wonder if BB has done same with this latest incarnation of its Bold phone!

  17. Auto-correction misspelling? I think that’s because we are all lazy! We do not take time enough to edit our words properly before posting. There’re invariably an attention deficit in many users of social media. If we all could be patient for a moment, then auto-correction isnot a bad thing after all or the Devil that many people make it to be.

    Right on the ball!

    But apart from carelessness, three other reasons why i (me) have mis_substitutions are:

    Small screen…if i was using a 4.3′ phone like the SGSII, then the errors should be a lot LOT less.

    Software deficiency..the s60 5th Ed Symbian Swype app uses a white foreground color on gray background. For greater legibility, black on yellow or yellow on black or white on blue or yellow on red would be better. I am of course aware that other versions of Swype are
    Skinnable’.

    Screen brightness…often, when word suggestions are made, I mistakenly pick the wrong one. My Screen brightness is turned low to conserve battery power.

    All in all, errors made are predominantly due to ADD -‘Attention Deficit Disorder’. NOT because of a weakness of the virtual input system itself.

    I paid attention to this post. Willing to bet there are zero spelling errors..;-)
    .

  18. Well said Afewgoodmen. Though I would rather used flexibility or versatility in place of vagaries. Yes haptic feedback is always there for those that are addicted to tactile feedback. Funnily, this is a feature I disable in every touchscreen keyboard that I use, it distorts the smooth rubbery experience I get from my touchscreen device.

    Eye.Bee.Kay, nice point too. The small screen drawback cannot be overemphasized. Even a greater evil is the small comment box on Mobility blog. I now use a separate text editor to edit my comments before pasting into the comment box for posting to reduce mistakes.

  19. Here we go again. I am always amazed when I read the comments section of most articles here. Most readers here are very sensitive and frankly, most of them do not really understand what the article is saying.

    Someone who said that tactile feedback is overrated really got me laughing. How is that overrated? Haptic feedback emulates tactile feedback. Do not imply that haptic is better. If you are used to using touch screen keyboard, IT ONLY MEANS THAT IT WORKS BETTER FOR YOU AND IT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS BETTER THAN HARDWARE QWERTY.

    And I am sure I can type more than 2 times faster using the hardware keyboard of my Macbook than you typing using the touchscreen keyboard of your beloved iPad.

    Moral lesson: what works for you may not work well for others, so stop being sensitive. Yes I am referring to you Mr. Apple fanboy, Afewgoodmen!

  20. If you are used to using touch screen keyboard, IT ONLY MEANS THAT IT WORKS BETTER FOR YOU AND IT DOES NOT MEAN IT IS BETTER THAN HARDWARE QWERTY.

    Wrong, sister! Virtual keyboard is Better.on several scores.

    better
    ? adjective
    1 better facilities: SUPERIOR, finer, of higher quality; preferable; informal a cut above, streets ahead, head and shoulders above, ahead of the pack/field.
    2 there couldn’t be a better time: MORE ADVANTAGEOUS, more suitable, more fitting, more appropriate, more useful, more valuable, more desirable.
    3 are you better?: HEALTHIER, fitter, stronger; well, cured, healed, recovered; recovering, on the road to recovery, making progress, improving, on the mend.
    —OPPOSITES worse, inferior.
    ? adverb
    1 I played better today: TO A HIGHER STANDARD, in a superior/finer way.
    2 this may suit you better: MORE, to a greater degree/extent.
    3 the money could be better spent: MORE WISELY, more sensibly, more suitably, more fittingly, more advantageously.
    ? verb
    1 he bettered the record: SURPASS, improve on, beat, exceed, top, cap, trump, eclipse.
    2 refugees who want to better their lot: IMPROVE, ameliorate, raise, advance, further, lift, upgrade, enhance.
    —OPPOSITES worsen.

    That something works for you does NOT detract from its inherent Inferiority!

    Someone who said that tactile feedback is overrated really got me laughing.

    Keep laughing, madam. LAUGHTER is good for us.

    But-the overrated bit? that is the ungarnished truth!

    Overrated..not of earth shaking Importance

    see…

    overrate

    ? verb OVERESTIMATE, overvalue, think too much of, attach too much importance to, praise too highly.
    —OPPOSITES underestimate.

  21. @Glenda, I think you’re taking this thing too far. Instead of discussing the issues you are labelling me and writing in a disparaging way. Really, I’m concerned with this outburst.

    And just for the records, as I have stated time and again, I am Platform Agnostic. I don’t even use an iPhone any more. I have used most of the platforms around except for windows phone, which I still intend to get. I change platforms as soon as I see another with better features based on my on criteria.

    Back to the issue; Despite the lots of advantage of Touch screen over QWERTY hardware, it’s just clear that what it boils down to is a personal preference and also the ability to explore (like the legendary Mr. mobility). I have used both of best words and have made up my own personal opinion based on experience. Perhaps Glenda, you should do that too, instead of just labelling people! whether you disagree that tactile feedback on hardware is overrated is a personal opinion. However, in the world over; pure touch screen phones sell more! A fact. 

    @Harry, I think I share similar opinion with you. I don’t really fancy the Haptic touch-screen keys feedback. Yes, it also takes away some of the pure touchscreen experience from me!

    @Eye.Bee.Kay. A small screen may actually engender mistakes while typing. I love Swype on Nokia. Tend to give you options on word corrections or auto-correct and reduces these to a very great extent.

  22. @Glenda:

    And I am sure I can type more than 2 times faster using the hardware keyboard of my Macbook than you typing using the touchscreen keyboard of your beloved iPad.

    I guess you are mostly guilty of the things you are preaching against. You don’t even know Afewgoodmen in person or his touchscreen typing ability and yet you are so sure that you can type faster than him using your MacBook. Though I’m not making a case for him, but I think the only thing you can be sure of is your typing faster on a MacBook than on iPhone.

    That shows you are a bit sensitive yourself and taking a comment not directed at you personal and resorting to a bit of personal attack. Maybe you need to learn to practice what you preach.

  23. @Glenda,

    It’s a good thing having a preference and saying it loud and clear. But starting a typing contest should be a thing done out of this forum (unless Mr_Mobility would want to dust up his RSA Stage 3 typing Exams study papers). So let’s keep faster or slower typing speed out of it. We are talking about a good phone BB 9900 that cured the writer of the need to revisit his old E7. We all know Yomi’s attachment to the E7. This shows that the 9900 is in a class of its own.

    @Afewgoodmen,

    Our dear Glenda should have been here when you were a Jobs worshipper. Am sure you would have written an epistle in reply to what she said. Thanks be to the gods you are reformed and has no more bias for any platform. Your opinions are highly regarded on this forum

  24. @Glenda perhaps you do not know what this site is about! In one word ”Mobile”. It is really intriguing your comparing typing on a Laptop (Macbook) with typing on an iPad or mobile devise. Your comparison is quite lame. I’m not meaning to belittle you. But I would have expected comparing typing between a Macbook and a Windows7 laptop. Or between a hardware QWERTY pHOne and a pure touch screen phone.
    or maybe between a Galaxy tab and an iPAD.
    It looks like your comparison is an unfair one.

    Perhaps you do not have good grasp of the article yourself. We are discussing mobile here and not PC!

    Even at that, Harry summed it up with your hasty conclusion. Claiming to beat someone’s typing speed by a factor of 2 to one, whatever the obvious disadvantage you put the person, is an indisputably tall claim!

  25. Wow. Your comments made my day. You are the ones who keep defending virtual keyboards. I never said any keyboard is better. You guys keep implying that virtual keyboards are better, which is not a fact.

    I have always visited this site to read the comments section and you guys never fail to entertain me. It will be useless to argue with both of you.

  26. Eye.bee.kay, no disrespect but you mean to say that the virtual keyboard on your 5800 is better than say, a hardware keyboard of any BB device? You need to get yourself a new device. I am sure you love that phone but it is just a device. Have a nice day!

  27. BayoAbu, my laptop is “mobile” if that’s what you mean. It is not a mobile phone but it is “mobile.” And you are the ones comparing. This article was not meant to debate what the better keyboard is. I see it as the blog of one person about his experiences using different keyboards. Unfortunately, some of the guys here leaps out and starts arguing what is better.

  28. “My dear Mr. Mobility, I don’t want to sound impertinent, but Methinks that you are yet to catch up with using a pure touch screen device. QWERTY is good, quite alright but cannot triumph the vagaries of the touchscreen.”

    This is a classic, Afewgoodmen. The author has reviewed and owned mobile phones more than any of us can dream of, and he is “yet to catch up with using a pure touch screen device?”

    I would love to see you write your own articles. That would be better than going out and spending money on a comedy joint. Have a nice day!


  29. The author has reviewed and owned mobile phones more than any of us can dream of, and he is “yet to catch up with using a pure touch screen device?”

    The fact you have driven all sorts of cars for longer NECESSARILY makes you a better driver?

    Really?

    Then Michael Schumacher must have been driving for fifty years to be that successfully, shey?
    Really?

    …….

    @Glenda, yes, i KNOW a virtual keyboard , no matter the device platform it is implemented upon- is intrinsically superior to a hardware keyboard. Even that of the legendary BB.

    Where we seem to be getting our lines crossed is in the definition of what constitutes ‘better’.

    You seem to think keyboard usability is all there is to that differentiation..

    Why are the majority of bleeding_edge phones now ‘touch_,only’?. Think about that!

    It must be that people just love them. The .
    advantages are numerous.

    Even BB is moving with the ‘touch’ trend now.

    The trend is your friend. Embrace it passionately.

    Now- grab yourself a great evening, sister..

  30. Let us not get carried away. Have been using touchscreen phones for years now and I prefer them to normal phones but to say touchscreen keyboards are better than hardware keyboards for pure typing experience is preposterous. Granted, a touchscreen device offers versatility and flexibility, but for pure typing experience, hardware keyboard is the holy grail. With a hardware keyboard, you can get used to key positions and type without looking, something that is near impossible to do with touchscreen keyboards.

  31. @efe:

    … With a hardware keyboard, you can get used to key positions and type without looking, something that is near impossible to do with touchscreen keyboard.

    Typing blindfold is one area physical QWERTY beats soft QWERTY no doubt about that but have you ever heard of swipe input soft keyboards? With TouchPal for Android, I don’t even need to type, I just caress the touchscreen surface and the word I intend to type appears magically. And since this is somewhat magical, you also get magical words, ie words you do not ask for occasionally.

    The record for that the fastest typing on a mobile phone was set on an Android device using the Swype keyboard, so if you want to talk of speed, then soft keyboards have the record but if you mean typing blindfold, then touchscreen keyboards do not stand a chance.

    Do give TouchPal keyboard or Swype a chance and your typing life will never remain the same and you most likely will be singing a new song. Amen.

  32. Lol, I used swype on my nokia and on my android, the keyboard is swype-like. Swype is cool and fast, no doubt. You need to see me use it. But I reiterate that for pure typing experience, hardware keyboards trump touchscreen keyboards. Mind you, I dont have any hardware qwerty phone. Am not planning to buy one. My phone is a touchscreen and the phone after will be a touchscreen so I should actually be supporting touchscreen devices. I write full articles, similar to what is here on mobility but usually longer exclusively with my touchscreen keyboard with little or no mistakes so I have much experience with touchscreens but the truth is hardware is king. A good typist is usually one that can do that accurately without looking at the keys. Few people make mistakes with hardware keyboards but most people make mistakes with touchscreen keyboards. As much as I love touchscreens (and hate blackberry), I have to give this to hardware keyboards

  33. @Harry – I propose we blindfold you and then get you to swipe without looking!

    A touchscreen keyboard is simply a different way of typing. Because it’s innovative doesn’t make it better. Yesterday I eas reading about ‘hover typing’, next thing we’ll be typing just think of the word and will appear on screen (not holding my breath for that).

    Remember when Dragon Naturally Speaking came out and it was seen as the next big thing to typing? Years later guess what? We’re still typing.

  34. I keep wondering why this people need to defend that virtual keyboards are better. Is it because your phones do not have hardware keyboard? My phone is an N8 by the way.

    You cannot win an argument with them. Especially when they are in love with their Nokia 5800.

  35. No offense Eye.bee.kay, but methinks that you got owned by Mr. Mobility and the others here. And oh, I prefer virtual keyboard just because I am using it.

  36. No offense Eye.bee.kay, but methinks that you got owned by Mr. Mobility and the others here. And oh, I prefer virtual keyboard just because I am using it.

  37. @Noni:

    @Harry – I propose we blindfold you and then get you to swipe without looking!

    It appears you are reading the comments blindfolded. I suggests you take off the hood and go through my comments again.

  38. It appears you are reading the comments blindfolded.

    @Harry, it is a Woman thing…lol

  39. You cannot win an argument with them. Especially when they are in love with their Nokia 5800.

    Tangential illogocality!

    We are discussing ‘systems’- not devices.

    Discussing ‘issues’ – not ‘people’

  40. Grabs popcorn and sips maltina. Oya I shall talk

    I love qwerty I have used a touch device and I found it a nightmare. Maybe to you its okay but to me touch is trash *to me* a simple question I ask is if you can type a 2 page document with a touch screen ok let’s up it 4 page.

    When my grandma died I did most of my typing on my E5 qwerty imagine. My aunts where shocked let’s see you type that long and that much with a touch device.
    Tip uses it as ur pc for all typings for just 2 days

  41. Na wa o! All em geeks up in this blog can like to simplify their Engeek (Geek english). Sure, i was able to type almost blindfolded on my Nokia E72 (Ellen love, i hope ur new owners treat u right)..anyway after grabbing the samsung galaxy device, I adapted straight up. While I do prefer hardware buttons especially for quick sending of txt/mail, I still love my touchscreen *hugs phone*

    P.S can the size of mobility comment box be increased?

  42. @good, I type for my site exclusively on my android phone. I can type any amount of pages you can type on your hardware keyboard and I am just as fast. Nevertheless, hardware keyboard is king.

  43. @Harry – I read what you wrote and I’m still laughing though I’m sure I shouldn’t.

    @Eye.Bee.Kay sorry who holds the Swype speed record? 😀

  44. “Guinness World Records has long had an entry for the world’s fastest texter, a record judged by the time in which someone can put in a particular phrase or sentence. Mellisa Thompson – a Galaxy S user from Salford, England – used her phone and the preinstalled Swype keyboard to break the record. Melissa typed;

    ( “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”)
    in just 25.94 seconds.”

    All the Blackberries and Hardware QWERTY equipped Phones in the world cannot manage this!

    No one is saying that QWERTY hardware keyboards are useless with no advantage whatsoever. In some aspects, they do better than touchscreen QWERTY-Alone phones. However if you look at a holistic comparison of both, factoring all the advantages, and disadvantages; I dare-say Touchscreen is better. I Have used both. I still use both. IMHO.

  45. That swype thingy, as far as i’m concerned, shouldn’t be taken into consideration when having a typing competition. Its like illegal dope for typers, with a hardware keyboard you tend to depress every letter oto make the word/sentence, but swype? Nah. U just ‘romance’ the virtual keyboard section of the screen and your words form magically, like metioned earlier. More output with less effort, ojoro!(means cheating in my language)

  46. “… More output with less effort, ojoro!(means cheating in my language) …”

    ????????????
    If you are thinking of a competition, yes perhaps (if the swype thing has not been factored in that is). Otherwise, it’s a life saver for those times when the brain is at its lowest ebb.

  47. @Saiddigge:

    That swype thingy, as far as i’m concerned, shouldn’ t be taken into consideration when having a typing competition. Its like illegal dope for typers, with a hardware keyboard you tend to depress every letter oto make the word/sentence, but swype? Nah. U just ‘romance’ the virtual keyboard section of the screen and your words form magically, like metioned earlier. More output with less effort, ojoro! (means cheating in my language)

    That’s exactly what we are saying. With touchscreen devices, we don’t type, we simply romance the screen while someone else does the typing, and we are liking it and wouldn’t mind being labelled cheats for this.

    Yes someone talked about the tactile feedback from hardware QWERTY keyboards and I can also assure you that I am addicted to the silky romantic feel I get from my touchscreen device and will always try to avoid the bumpy feedback from hardware QWERTY keyboards.

  48. That swipe thing isn’t any “ojoro”. The competition is for the fastest mobile Typer. Guinness World requests you use your phone with any form of text input whatsoever.

    It isn’t anyone’s fault That a hardware QWERTY keyboard is harder to press and too archaic enough not to be as fast and as suave as a touch screen & Skype input device!.

    Fact still remains that touchscreens are the future!

    It was just like the manual typewriter and then electronic typewriter and finally PC with printer. Yes, there’re still some die hard people who will swear by the manual or electronic typewriter. But those have all gone the way of the Dinosaurs. Most if not all offices and business centres now use a combination of PC & Printers!.

    The future is touch screen. And I dare say voice dictation as we progress in Tech. Many Die-Hards, Purists, and nostalgic people could still continue to embrace Hardware keyboards. But, at best, they’re are now inadvertently a niche product.

    Now, Bring me those Hardware Alpha-numerical key-pad enthusiasts. None here? Some people still live them and claim they are the best! But it is clear QWERTY is better than alpha-numerical keypad, isn’t it?

    What we have here is just plainly simple; Tech Evolution. Natural selection of the Mobile Species!

  49. Hardware keyboards (alphanumeric or qwerty) will always remain. Those pushing again hardware are just being unrealistic. Can a blind man use a touchscreen for example? All the advantages of touchscreen u guys have mentioned are all because of the hardware (processor, ram, memory…). can som1 isolate the touchscreen and tell me the advantage?

    Its just like saying withdrawal slips will be obsolete because of atm? Hardware (keypads) will remain the ideal choice. Touchscreen is just a luxury,

  50. Well some guys in this site likes to start a debate after reading an article. It is just a blog. God, touchscreen people are so defensive. Go write your own article please.

    The author of the article does not say touchscreen keyboards suck. He is merely saying he likes hardware keys better. It is just his preference. I will just continue to shake my head why some people here see this to start a debate.

  51. @motorola c113:

    … All the advantages of touchscreen u guys have mentioned are all because of the hardware (processor, ram, memory …). can som1 isolate the touchscreen and tell me the advantage?

    We are talking hardware keyboards not just hardwares. And if you must know, all those hardwares you listed would be by far less useful without softwares to drive them, and your hardware keyboard will be useless without software except maybe the addictive bumpy tactile feedback you get from it.

    … Hardware (keypads) will remain the ideal choice. Touchscreen is just a luxury,

    No sir. Touchscreen will remain both luxury and the ideal choice while hardware keyboards/keypads will still be there to keep serving the select few that prefer hardware keyboards.

    @glenda:

    The author of the article does not say touchscreen keyboards suck. He is merely saying he likes hardware keys better. It is just his preference. I will just continue to shake my head why some people here see this to start a debate.

    If the author says he prefer hardware keyboard and someone says software keyboard is his favourite, what exactly are you complaining about. Are you saying that all of us must also prefer hardware keyboard for it not to be a debate?

    And well, if you call it debate and think it is a bad thing, I know you have engaged in it yourself on this article and so maybe you should learn to start your crusade with the man/woman in the mirror.

  52. Argumentation / debating is good, as long as the debaters keep a level head and dispassionately handle the occasional personal jibes!

    At the end of the day, we all- hopefully – gain a thing or two..

  53. Dudes, you are not saying your preference. You are implying that one is better than the other. Those are two different things. You guys are so in love with your device. Jeez!

  54. Harry Echemco: Do you ever wonder why Mr. Mobility refuse to answer on your comments anymore? Everybody gets tired dear. And I have always find your comments amusing. There is no objectivity. Just pure and wholesome blind fanboyness goodness!

  55. @glenda:

    Harry Echemco : Do you ever wonder why Mr. Mobility refuse to answer on your comments anymore ? Everybody gets tired dear . And I have always find your comments amusing. There is no objectivity. Just pure and wholesome blind fanboyness goodness!

    No I don’t and I don’t think I need to since my comments are not directed at him. Moreover, in my place, facts are not meant to be answered so if you do not have any important thing to say, don’t go arguing facts or soliciting for Mr. Mobility’s supporting. It makes you sound clueless.

  56. Harry Echemco: You love your android so much and it hurts your feelings. You are a fanboy, and most of your comments on this site are senseless fanboy rants. I understand this since you probably spent all your life savings just to buy a smartphone.

  57. @motorola c113 (“Can a blind man use a touchscreen for example? All the advantages of touchscreen u guys have mentioned are all because of the hardware (processor, ram, memory…). can som1 isolate the touchscreen and tell me the advantage?”)

    Just to add to what Harry has graciously noted above; Even if a Blind man won’t be able to use a Touch screen, even hardware keypad will still be a problem. The best bet for a blind man is doing without a keypad altogether. How? By audio input! Dictation. You speak to the phone and it speaks back to you. This is already happening. In iOS you have SIRI. On Android , you’ll soon have ASSISTANT. Don’t forget third party apps like Dragon Dictation already have these functionalities of dictation and composing text.

    That’s the end point. Physical keypads would likely be done away within the near future. Too bulky. My opinion.

  58. @Glenda Please, leave Individuals alone. Stop attacking people and stick to the point and topic of discourse. There’re always bound to be opposing views. And dissenting opinions!

    @Afewgoodmen I don’t agree with you that hardware keypads will go entirely. It will still serve a niche platform. Remember, some people still use the manual or electric calculator up till now even when Desktop computing is more convenient!

  59. Harry don’t get annoyed with glenda. It s a well documented psycho that a lady or woman abuse the man she likes so much, such that she always wants to get the attention of such man in an ironical way. Of course what all boil down to is that she has always fall in passionate love with your comments on this blog. Your comments have always been facts. maybe you can calm down her stress by writing her a cool mail. lol!

  60. Mr Mobility, take note.

    Surajudeen264 is ILLEGALLY trying to turn Mobility blog
    into a Dating Site…lol

  61. @motorola c113, I have a friend who is visually impaired who has a touchscreen phone and she’s said it’s the best phone she’s ever had! She’s even downloaded apps and changed the layout to suit.

    There are workarounds and accessibility options. Those of us who don’t have to live or work with the visually impaired rarely ever notice these options, let alone try them out.

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