I agree the keyboard is lacking. the D3 was the best keyboard I've used to date. even the move from D1 - D2 - D3, the differences were slightly annoying at best, but never bothersome. at most, each iteration simply required me to reposition my fingers on the keys.
with that said, and I'm not sure if this was mentioned in the thread or not, but the absence of the ALT key is more perplexing than originally pointed out. as a dedicated keyboard user (myself), I do a lot with it. from using remote desktop sessions, to using forums as they appear on the web and formatting text/html, etc. as I type. the ALT key was integral in those efforts, not only for symbol recognition, but also for its function.
did you know the ALT key got you to the beginning or end of your line/field?? how do you do that now??? you can't! you have to move your hands from the keyboard and reposition. I've found that more times than not, that all of the other corrective actions that are going on between field entry, keyboard manipulation, spell checking and everything else, that if you click (touch) on a part of a sentence/field, that doesn't always mean that's where the next action takes place!