My last phone was a Samsung Omnia with soft keys only. I was so glad to get back to having a hard keyboard with my Droid. If I'm typing a quick txt or such, I'll use soft keys. But if I'm using Office to Go and typing notes in a Word document, I need the keyboard. The biggest thing I need is the d-pad. If I have an error and need to go back and correct, I can't always get my fat fingers to position the cursor right where it needs to be. The d-pad lets me move it seamlessly to the error so I can fix it.
So no, you are definitely not the only one who likes the hard keys.
I never use the onscreen keyboard for anything that requires more than one or two words. The physical keyboard is much faster and more accurate; I won't use a phone that doesn't have one. However even though the Droid's physical keyboard is much better than the onscreen keyboard, it's pretty poor as far as physical keyboards go. My 2 previous phones (HTC Touch Pro/Fuze and HTC Hermes/8525) had much better keyboards than the Droid.
+1000 for the physical keyboard. It was a major selling point for me on the Droid. I just hope the Droid Pro doesn't snub a qwerty keyboard like most of the other high-end models are doing.
I literally cannot get use to touchscreen keyboard. I need my qwerty. I don't plan on upgrading till December because I am so happy with my Droid1 still... but when Gingerbread comes out crazy new Droids will be coming out, and I hope one of them has a qwerty!!
I bought my droid because of the physical KB. I use all three them, but when typing longer messages im all about the physical one My gf is gonna get the 2. She likes the idea of it as well
I need my physical keyboard goodness too. Not only do I use it to type out long messages, but I also use it for navigation such as scrolling through webpages (forums) because tapping on the D pad is much easier for me to do than having to do mini-swypes. Also another thing is the fact that I just cannot see playing any emulator without physical keys..... you have the feel of actual keys that help you play your games better plus you can have the game take up the entire screen of your phone. Also having physical keys makes it MUCH easier and better when I run Remote Desktop.
Here's my thoughts/questions.
I've used the soft keyboards almost exclusively since getting my Droid 2 months ago.
Sometimes I can really cook on them, even the portrait one, and the predictive text can help a lot.
It seems of late that my skills are waning and the keyboards are getting a bit flakey. I'll check into whether this is more prevalent when plugged in. I'm thinkin' it might be.
Does the physical keyboard become less sticky and easier to use over time? I find that it is not very accurate.
I typed this on the Droid:
This sentence is typedx/pretty fast with as many errors/as sholw up hered.
The quick brown fox thing came out as
The quick brown fox jumped ovefr the lazy dog.
I type 50+ wpm on a real keyboard so I'm pretty good.
(to the guy who says he types 70wpm on the Droid I say "BS" ! lol)
Also, is there any way to get the predictive text to show up when using the hard kb?