One of the many things that BlackBerry are known for are their first-in-class physical keyboards (PKB). Some of us actually use a smartphone for more than selfies, gaming, or photos of meals, you know – productive things, like documents, email, even texting. In those instances nothing excels at cranking out the words, especially when you combine predictive text and flicking. When you tie-in the shortcuts, typing on any other smartphone is like trying to do word processing on an IBM Selectric (Google that).
So let’s simply cut to the chase. In a similar vein to another ‘Battle Royale’ – BB10 vs BlackDroid, there are those of us who prefer PKBs to virtual keyboards (VKBs). I won’t hide my preference, although I’ve used both forms extensively, I’m a huge fan of the VKB. I know each form has their plusses, it’s just my personal preference – at the end of the day there is no right or wrong answer.
That being said let’s try to get some real audience participation. We’ll start with a ‘Survey’ and finish up with sounding off in the Forum – so there is no reason your voice won’t be heard!
Just a few things that come to mind in no particular order-
Long press reveals character options
Tactile feedback from PKB
Speed of typing
Lose of screen landscape
Public perception of PKB / VKB
Market perception of PKB / VKB
Don’t forget to sound off in our Forum!