force — 2013-11-22T20:45:40-05:00 — #1
Since the contract on my phone was approaching renewal time and I can upgrade to a new phone, I was curious as to what kind of phone folks prefer.
I've always preferred phones with physical keyboards, however, these types of phones are few a far between. Is this market availability an actual reflection of what everyone wants, or just what the phone manufactures decide on?
ralphm — 2013-11-22T21:42:29-05:00 — #2
I'm happy enough with the touch screen, although it does sometimes get in the way when it pops up over the interface.
itrush07 — 2013-11-22T23:43:32-05:00 — #3
Been using touchscreen for quiet some time already infact I've already forgot how to use a QWERTY keyboard haha..
technobear — 2013-11-23T05:24:19-05:00 — #4
I only use my phone for texting (and very occasional internet access), so I much prefer an actual keyboard. My previous phone had a touchscreen version, but my current one (now a couple of years old) has a fold-out keyboard, which I love.
pullo — 2013-11-23T06:03:05-05:00 — #5
I've been an iPhone user for a few years now.
No way I would to back to a physical keyboard.
On the odd occasion where I have to do something on my parents' keyboard phone, I find it difficult to use.
Are you considering a paticular OS or is the keyboard the deciding factor for you?
stevie_d — 2013-11-23T13:22:47-05:00 — #6
I don't find a problem typing on a touchscreen, and I find the autocorrect on Windows Phone to be pretty good. I would rather have the full-size screen with a soft keyboard that comes and goes as needed than a physical keyboard taking up screenspace, or a fold-out keyboard that adds more potential for things to go wrong.
kiwiheretic — 2013-11-23T13:26:10-05:00 — #7
Well I have a Motorola XT316 which has a physical keyboard and have not regretted it. I can type quite fast on it now. I don't know that I could do that on a touchscreen.
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force — 2013-11-24T17:55:36-05:00 — #8
I'm sticking with an android device and a slide-out keyboard.
The thing is--I do some sysadmin stuff remotely and write a fair amount of emails. I can't type nearly as fast on a touchscreen (no tactile feedback), and the pop-up onscreen keyboard tends to get in the way.
pullo — 2013-11-25T03:12:07-05:00 — #9
Oh ok, that's interesting!
What kind of stuff do you do via your phone, if you don't mind me asking?
force — 2013-11-27T15:17:16-05:00 — #10
Mainly just remote desktop sessions and various web-based configuration pages for websites, network devices, and hosted services. It's pretty straight-forward.
cpradio — 2013-11-27T19:39:11-05:00 — #11
Interesting. I do a lot of remote admin stuff from a non-physical keyboard screen. I also make sure I have swype installed so I don't have to push the physical characters and I can just drag my finger from letter to letter to form the words/commands I need. Granted commands are a lot trickier and I'm still trying to figure out that one better, but in the meantime I wrote a quick web app that handles my typical commands or I have a document on my phone that I can go copy and paste from.
pullo — 2013-11-28T09:02:16-05:00 — #12
I'm a part time network admin and I never really considered doing admin stuff from my phone.
I'll mull over that possibility.
force — 2013-11-28T14:16:04-05:00 — #13
I don't use my phone as my primary platform for sysadmin stuff--I only use it to avoid having to return to work when something breaks after I've already left for the day and I'm out and about somewhere.