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!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.