I think having the option of a physical keypad was a nice feature. I've been using my HTC Desire for a few years, so I've gotten used to having only a virtual one. However, there are times where I could definitely use a physical keyboard, mainly for playing games.
Or maybe I'd just go with a bluetooth gamepad add-on that attaches to the phone, for times when you really need physical buttons...or dual analog thumbsticks. I'm waiting for something like the gametel pad or icontrolpad.
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No matter how hard they try, touchscreen keyboards will never replace physical keyboards; but I guess we reached a point in time where we got use to the touchscreen keyboards to render the physical keyboards obsolete.
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I guess if I want the option of a physical qwerty, I will have to throw my money elsewhere. Hopefully Samsung doesn't follow this idea because I really enjoyed my last Samsung phone.
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Touchscreen keyboards pale in comparison to the feel and usability of a physical keyboards. In all honesty I think this is a bad move on HTC's part because Samsung will continue to provide a device with the option. No one is saying that they need to produce all their devices with QWERTY keyboards but they should provide the option for some people. My wife is going to hate this, she is a texting person and hates the touchscreens.
Another point in favor of physical keyboards is that they don't eat up screen real estate.
the full QWERTY keyboards, are the only way to go for alot of texting people!
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