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Old 09-14-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default new phone: QWERTY keyboard, or get Shamsung Galaxy S3?

Phones with QWERTY physical keyboards are getting few and far between. Should I stick with that, or go to something like the Galaxy S3?
Are the last few Motorola QWERTY phones as good?
Will I learn to type as quickly on its soft keyboard? Or use its voice-to-text?

Former QWERTY fans, chime in.
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Old 09-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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I had a Moto Droid for a long time. I liked having the QWERTY keyboard, but honestly after switching to a virtual keyboard (Samsung Galaxy Nexus), I don't miss it at all.

I got used to the keyboard (or lack of) pretty quick, and google's voice to text works pretty damn good if you want to use that.
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QWERTY keyboards on a phone are probably less easy to use than an onscreen keyboard. Just look at the size of the buttons and compare. I have big hands, and so far no physical QWERTY keyboard on a phone has been easy to use. My Android phone has a 4.3" screen, and the buttons on the screen are comfortably big.
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Swiftkey > QWERTY
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I had an original Droid and now have a Galaxy Nexus. I personally love having a physical QWERTY keyboard. If I could get my original droid to have have the same specs as my Nexus I would be in heaven.
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I could never quite cotton to virtual keyboards. My hands just can't function without something tactile to respond to.

(insert masturbation joke here.)

I've tried a couple, including one of the older iPhones. I can see how it could potentially be faster than pushing the tiny little keys on my slider phone, but my accuracy is extremely poor.

One thing I've found is that to use a physical slider keyboard, you do need to have thumbnails. If I trim them down to the point where I can't press the key with the edge of the nail, it becomes frustrating. So if you're the sort who doesn't ever let their thumbnails grow out, you'd probably be better off with an OSK. I know it sounds like a bizarre thing to worry about, but it does make a big difference.
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My old blackberry bold 9000 was the best keyboard on a phone ever made. That said, I can type just as fast on this SGS3. Make the switch.
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UIh yeah whatever.

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I will pay you $150 to buy a verizon iphone. Paypal. Will need verification. No lap dance required. Barf. I don't sell my sexuality.
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Personally i hate my screen keyboard. I can never press the right key. Luckily it has a delete key but i even miss that key once in a while. Simply i click it and it clicks the key next to or bellow or above it. Maybe its hte phone, who the hell knows. Cheap phone that i got with my plan
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How is this even a question?
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I still own my galaxy S

Not S2 or S3...just S

It has a slide out keyboard and the on-screen keyboard.

I've always hated OSKs, "they're complete garbage and impossible to type on"

I ALWAYS used the slide-out keyboard when I first bought the phone. I've had it for a little over 2 years now.

Now, after owning the phone for 2 years, I often forget that the slide-out keyboard is still there. Literally, I almost NEVER use it. The exception is when I have the phone sideways already to watch something on youtube, or if I'm widescreen viewing a webpage. If I need to type something, I'll use the slider simply because the sliding keyboard in widescreen mode takes up too much screen space.

Got to play with a friends Galaxy S3 yesterday; first time I ever saw one. The screen on that bad boy is frikkin HUGE!! The problem with the OSK in widescreen mode magically disappeared when I was working on a screen that size, and the thing is thin - like a single layer of cardboard thin. I was somewhat jealous.

With samsung's SWYPE, I am far faster and more accurate with the OSK, but there are two "prerequisites" to being baller at SWYPE - first, you should either be a touch typist, or have a very good ability to visualize where all the letters are on a keyboard without searching for them - second, you need to know how to spell real words. If yer won o dem hillbilleees, Or if U typ lyk a hi skool fcktrd, then you're going to be frustrated as hell using SWYPE.
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I have the S3 and the screen is so big it is pretty easy to type on. I think what is more annoying is the cumbersome calling interface. I have to hit 4 items just to call a recent contact
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Droid Pro here. Like a baus.

Wife has Droid 3.

love qwerty.
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My previous phone was a Motorola Karma, messaging phone. I now have a touchscreen android. I dont miss the physical keyboard at all. The keyboard on the Karma is nice, very satisfying click and feel on the keys.

Plus the sIII is ******* amazing.
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Virtual keyboard > Physical keyboard.

You guys complaining about accuracy either haven't used one lately, or you pay too much attention to which virtual "key" you hit. You don't need to. If you get close enough, the phone will figure out what you are trying to say 99% of the time. Pretty much the only time you need pinpoint accuracy is if you are typing in a name (and only the first time, as the dictionary learns).

This makes the virtual WAY faster than the physical. I had a Samsung Moment, which had one of the best physical keyboards ever. It took me about 3 days to completely forget about it after I got my Evo. Another week after that, I didn't even bother using landscape mode anymore, as I could type faster on the smaller buttons in portrait mode.
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I really like the galaxy s2. Look into that lawsuit they settled. I keep hearing rumors that the smasung phones may have features removed from them. I haven't looked into it.
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Removed from the S3?
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Any features removed I am sure will be quickly replaced by the moding community.
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S2 and s3 via an over the air update. The swype features like two finger zoom. Again, i have not looked into these rumors, so it could be bogus.
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Got 2 of the S3's in the house. I think they are the best phone on the market right now. I went from a droid 1 to a Nexus Galaxy, and I don't miss the physical keyboard.
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