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Which smartphone keyboard is the best?

Barence (1228440) writes | more than 4 years ago

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Barence (1228440) writes "A debate that crops up time and again is whether it’s better to have a dedicated keyboard on your smartphone or whether an on-screen keyboard with text correction is adequate. Some phones with screen-based keyboards have started to provide tactile feedback, either using an ultra-quick spin of their vibration alert or, like the BlackBerry Storm2, using clever piezo-electric technology to simulate the feel of a button press. But which system works best? PC Pro's Paul Ockendon gathered six of the most popular handsets around and put them through a timed typing test to see which proved quickest and most typo-free."
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BlackBerry Storm 2 LOL (1)

Weezul (52464) | more than 4 years ago | (#31415568)

Dude, You just killed the BlackBerry Storm 2!

A business mobile lives and dies based upon accurate and speedy text entry. If your a sales person, any tendency towards sending short terse emails will cost you clients. You just killed the BlackBerry Store 2 becuase BlackBerry's market is like 100% business people. Casual consumers are quite happy with their iPhones and Androids.

Yes, you can teather your BlackBerry for sending real emails, which makes it more suitable than an iPhone, but I doubt you'll open the laptop every time you've got an important reply.

Anyways, these results basically say that the two classic western business phones BlackBerry Bold 2 and Nokia E75 cream everyone else, not surprising. BlackBerry has consistently used large tactile keyboards until the Storm 2. Nokia has been considerably more experimental while still producing sound keyboards, occasionally even hitting home runs like the E70. I'd like to see Nokia experiment with keyboards placed on the back of the phone, forcing the user to learn to touch type.

p.s. Nokia's N900 has a fairly solid design for a business user too, keyboard for westerners, although only 3 rows, a stylus for symbols and asians, and a resistive touch screen that works well with finger nails.. and the phone is designed around SIP and Skype integration.

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