The keyboard is great for me. In fact I used it to post this reply.
This phone kicks major ass.
i don't have one yet but a friend that works with me brought his over today and i got a chance to play with it a good bit and had no issues with the keyboard what so ever... i do wished they had made the D pad smaller though.
Its ok, not nearly as bad as originally described IMO, myself though, I find the onscreen fitting my needs perfectly to this point. ( couple hours of owning )
Definitely not as bad as was reviewed. I like the landscape virtual keyboard the best and it is WAY better than my Storms, but the physical keyboard is decent as well. I'll be speeding along it in no time.
Coming from a vx6800 (htc titan) the keyboard is something I will get used to quickly. The droids keys a flatter and a hair smaller. But I can type quicker than I can with the on screen key board. I may never get used to that one.
Ok I like the keyboard ok, it serves its purpose. But I think I prefer the on screen key board better. I have never used an on screen keyboard so I have nothing to compare it to. I need to use the physical one more so I can get used to it. But I'm coming from a blackberry so its hard to change from that keyboard.
Sometimes a "smartphone" is only as smart as its user.
I'm kinda going the other way, I thought it was pretty good when I got it this morning but it's slowly getting worse for me. The problem is with the d-pad and and the chin both on the right hand side making it way off center. I they would have just got the keyboard in them middle of the phone I think it would be great.
I don't mind the on screen keyboard and I think that is what I will end up using most of the time, I still think it's nice to have the slide out for some things though.
I can still type faster on my storm1, but I had it for a year so we'll see. Overall though the phone is awsome and i'll take a little slower typing for all the other benifits.
I've had the phone for an hour and have to say that I REALLY like the keyboard lol
It's really not a big deal as far as usability for me. Ofcourse it's not a BB keyboard but it doesn't matter to me. It's a Droid and it's it's own unique piece of hardware.
This phone is fantastic so far. I need some more time to explore it but so far EVERYTHING has been seamless. From emails to the camera to the keyboard. I'm VERY pleased...