got eris: 12/24/09
returned eris: 12/28/09
got droid: 12/31/09
rooted droid: sometime in january (right after it was released (manually))
bb->2.1 sbf->desire rom> 2.1bb> 2.2
got incredible as warranty replacement 8/31/10
shattered inc screen 9/25/10-> got insurace replacement 10/4/10
broke inc screen 10/19/10-> got warranty replacement 10/22/10
got moto droid 1 off ebay 1/7/11
broke inc screen 5/26/11-> got insurance replacement inc2 5/27/11
sold inc2 & bought vzw 16gb iphone 4 6/9/11
If I want to do a quick search for a contact I use the vertical onscreen, but for everything else it is the physical keyboard. I love sliding it out and I also love having the whole screen visible while I type.
I also cannot figure out what is so great about swype. I mean it does work and work very well, but it is not natural whatsoever. When I am on my PC emailing someone I am typing on a keyboard. Granted the keyboards on a phone is difference, but it is the same feel. When I am sending a text or emailing I want to be typing it out. Swyping just does not seem natural. But obviously there are people out there that like it so they must be doing something right.
Physical keyboard for web surfing and email.
virtual keyboard (Smart Keyboard predominantly) for texing and IM'ing.
Hardly ever use the landscape virtual kb, unless the droid is docked and I'm responding to a text/IM.
I just ran a test. Typed a reasonably long unseen paragraph using swype and then the keyboard. Took 4 minutes and 10 seconds with swype and 2 minutes and 55 seconds with the keyboard! Swype is definitely good and much faster than standard touch screen input, but I find that I am still much faster when it comes to longer text input using the keyboard.
I'm sure part of it is that the keyboard is second nature to me and I don't have to think when I type on the droid keyboard, whereas swype still takes a lot more attention. I've also noticed that typing with swype makes my writing a lot less fluent as I am spending too much time focussing on the writing and less on actually composing the sentence in my head and thinking ahead.
Perhaps it would improve with practice, but I have a feeling that I would still always be faster with the keyboard than with swype if I practiced at getting good with both.
I'm glad I did this test. I was trying to go the way of swype, but now I know for a fact that I am in fact faster when using the keyboard.