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    The modern touchpads of Smartphones and Tablets have traditional texting keypad as one of the available options. I think they added that option for those people who are used to oldschool cellphones like the Nokia 3310's as a notable example. I think there are still some newly created old school cellphones being sold for a cheap price for people who can't afford smartphones and people who are too confused to use a touch screen.

    I want to know if you guys are still able to text with the traditional keypad, I use to be a fast texter but I can't do it anymore.

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    Yes, I can still type at average speed on a traditional keypad. It's just feels amazing while typing on that keypad. It reminds me about the old days. I just love typing on that keypad. Even I was so fast that I type without seeing at the keypad. It was very fun having such experience is latest Android phones or Tablets. Many people also prefer using those keypads because typing in QWERTY layout is a bit tricky for newbies.

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    I've not used a physical keypad since I got rid of my blackberry a few years ago now, and while I used to be fast on that, I'm betting I'd find it difficult these days.

    Having said that, I do think the keyboard is about the only part of that BlackBerry devices that I miss and a touchscreen keyboard still isn't as good as they used to be.

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    I am a fan of traditional keypads and not so comfortable with touchscreen keypads. I seldom use my Samsung smartphone for typing as I use to make a lot of mistakes. Traditional keypad gives us a sensation when a key is pressed which is missing in touchscreen keypads. In traditional keypads I can even type without looking at it which is not possible in touchscreen keypad.

    The most attractive feature in BlackBerry was its QWERTY keypad which was quite easy to use. They just became obsolete with the advent of touch phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I am a fan of traditional keypads and not so comfortable with touchscreen keypads. I seldom use my Samsung smartphone for typing as I use to make a lot of mistakes. Traditional keypad gives us a sensation when a key is pressed which is missing in touchscreen keypads. In traditional keypads I can even type without looking at it which is not possible in touchscreen keypad.

    The most attractive feature in BlackBerry was its QWERTY keypad which was quite easy to use. They just became obsolete with the advent of touch phones.
    Have you tried the traditional keypad option of many touch screens? I introduced that thing to my dad just to convince him to get rid of his blackberry. He have a huge fear of the the qwerty touchscreen keyboard.

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    I still prefer T9 input. much faster.
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    I think there's quite a few people that don't want to change to a touchscreen keyboard, I was the same a few years pagoda, but these days if you want the latest devices, there really isn't any other option.

    They do take a bit of getting used to but after a while they aren't bad. I do still prefer the physical keyboard though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    I think there's quite a few people that don't want to change to a touchscreen keyboard, I was the same a few years pagoda, but these days if you want the latest devices, there really isn't any other option.

    They do take a bit of getting used to but after a while they aren't bad. I do still prefer the physical keyboard though!
    I think the traditional texting keypad is one of the options on the touch screen. There is now keyboard for tablets and I am happy that they now exist. I like Keyboards for one reason, they can handle abuse much better than a touch screen.
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    Surprisingly, I can actually type faster, and more consistently using the more trtrsditional keypad on the old nokia phone's from the 2000's. On a touchscreen keyboard, I make many spelling mistakes due to misclicks, and I often have to go back to retype words. However on a keypad, once I got used to using it again, it was basically flawless. Using a keypad again certainly did bring back some good memories!

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    This just makes me smile. Before I used Android phones, I used Samsung slide phones, Nokia C3 and Blackberry. When my brother borrowed it, he is wondering why tapping the screen of the phone is not working. I laughed at him at reminded him it is not touch screen. Recently, I tried to use my old Nokia C3 which has QWERTY keyboard, I laughed at myself when I mistakenly tapped on the screen. However, I easily adjusted using it, so I think I can still use traditional keypads.

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    Peoples first reaction these days is to rap at a screen and I've even seen people tapping at a laptop monitor when they're used to a tablet device!

    For now physical keyboards are still needed for certain devices but I can see a time in the future were they may become obsolete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    Surprisingly, I can actually type faster, and more consistently using the more trtrsditional keypad on the old nokia phone's from the 2000's. On a touchscreen keyboard, I make many spelling mistakes due to misclicks, and I often have to go back to retype words. However on a keypad, once I got used to using it again, it was basically flawless. Using a keypad again certainly did bring back some good memories!
    That is very true. In fact I am also facing the same issue. I am very bad at touch screen keypads. Traditional keypads look better to me.

    While using touchscreen keypads I always end up making spelling mistakes or omissions. May be I am giving too much strain on touchscreen keypads. Moreover, to become comfortable I need a feeling that the key is pressed. I was a big fan of BlackBerry QWERTY keypad which was looking very convenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Peoples first reaction these days is to rap at a screen and I've even seen people tapping at a laptop monitor when they're used to a tablet device!

    For now physical keyboards are still needed for certain devices but I can see a time in the future were they may become obsolete.
    Haha! That's funny! I have the same experience when I tapped the screen of my laptop and those with me are laughing like there's no tomorrow. I am using a Windows tablet and I am used to just tapping.

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    It's strange how fast people get used to certain way of doing things. A few years ago touchscreen technology was virtually unheard of but now we expect it, even when a device doesn't have it!

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    About 8 years ago, my brother uses a Sony Ericsson phone which is touch screen and bought a new one which is touch and type. It is one of the early smartphones of Sony Ericsson. It is my most desired phone back then. But now, my phone is even better than those phones and it is far cheaper than that phone. Touch screen just became widespread.

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    The newer models are much better than the older ones even though a lot of the time it's the same technology, it's just that it's been updated and refined more.

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    Yes, I can but I do it a little slow because it is not the same the keypad and touch-pad. Mainly because the distribution of letters is different. For example, in a keypad, letters are in alphabetical order while in a touchpad, letters are in order qwerty. I was so used to use the keypad and I was the fastest of my friends at writing text messages. I know people who are not used to work and write with touchpad yet, and I think that's a problem because many of new technology has touchscreen and touchpad.

    And so the distribution is necessary for me, take a little time to see and think where is the next letter that I want to write. But I still can text in a keypad, although these days is common consider that the keypad is an old technology.

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    I type well with a traditional keyboard as long as it is in the qwerty format.

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    Upgrades were just cool. It was just pleasant to look back that the kind of phones you want to own before is now on your hands. Though I still credit those old phones which became big part of my life. Still, I am rooting for a touch and type phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I type well with a traditional keyboard as long as it is in the qwerty format.
    Well Keyboards are much more easier to deal with compared to a texting keypad which is very prominent in classic Nokia cellphones. I use to be good on those but after not using an old cellphone for a long time and after smart phones dumbed down everything, I can't anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    Well Keyboards are much more easier to deal with compared to a texting keypad which is very prominent in classic Nokia cellphones. I use to be good on those but after not using an old cellphone for a long time and after smart phones dumbed down everything, I can't anymore.
    I hate typing with classic Nokia phones the abc, def keys kill me, and I am using the phone as my texting and calling phone, I usually try and type the message with my smartphone then send it to my Nokia, it is even worse for me, because I hate typing in short form, I have a knack for typing my words fully and correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I hate typing with classic Nokia phones the abc, def keys kill me, and I am using the phone as my texting and calling phone, I usually try and type the message with my smartphone then send it to my Nokia, it is even worse for me, because I hate typing in short form, I have a knack for typing my words fully and correctly.
    Currently, I still have my Nokia QWERTY phone working. I am still fine using it and I never had a ahrd time using it. I tried the classic Nokia phones and it is really difficult. But looking back, it is easier to type and send message with that phone than the QWERTY ones. I can text and send a message even when my phone is in my pocket, Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Currently, I still have my Nokia QWERTY phone working. I am still fine using it and I never had a ahrd time using it. I tried the classic Nokia phones and it is really difficult. But looking back, it is easier to type and send message with that phone than the QWERTY ones. I can text and send a message even when my phone is in my pocket, Lol!
    Yes, I had a Nokia C3 way back when it came out, I liked the keyboard very much and when I got the Xperia 10 mini also, I really preferred the qwerty keyboard, one of the reasons I didn't want an iPhone, till it became a necessity since all my friends started using one, and I needed FaceTime.

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    I think most people waited as long as they could before they replaced their devices with physical keyboards with touchscreen ones.

    People get know and get used to a certain way of using a device and going from a physical qwerty keyboard to a touchscreen one, was a leap that a lot of people didn't like but in the end had to get used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Yes, I had a Nokia C3 way back when it came out, I liked the keyboard very much and when I got the Xperia 10 mini also, I really preferred the qwerty keyboard, one of the reasons I didn't want an iPhone, till it became a necessity since all my friends started using one, and I needed FaceTime.
    I remember Sony Ericsson Xperia mini. Is it the one which you can slide to open the keyboard? I had one before and I love it. I miss it too because it is easy to use then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    I remember Sony Ericsson Xperia mini. Is it the one which you can slide to open the keyboard? I had one before and I love it. I miss it too because it is easy to use then.
    Yes its exactly that one, it was so small and portable and the camera was lovwly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    I remember Sony Ericsson Xperia mini. Is it the one which you can slide to open the keyboard? I had one before and I love it. I miss it too because it is easy to use then.
    What kind of keyboard does that cellphone have? A traditional phone keypad or the qwerty keyboard similar to blackberry phones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    What kind of keyboard does that cellphone have? A traditional phone keypad or the qwerty keyboard similar to blackberry phones.
    it was not similar that of a blackberry, it was in it's own league, a qwerty keyboard. I remember it was like a sidekick kind of phone, you could use it as a normal touch screen phone or turn it landscape and have a keyboard at your disposal, I preferred the keyboard to the touch screen keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    it was not similar that of a blackberry, it was in it's own league, a qwerty keyboard. I remember it was like a sidekick kind of phone, you could use it as a normal touch screen phone or turn it landscape and have a keyboard at your disposal, I preferred the keyboard to the touch screen keyboard.
    I have seen that model being used by a lot of people those days. This was one of the most popular models among office goers like BlackBerry. When we turn it landscape to use the keyboard, it looks like a micro laptop. I tried it once, but felt uncomfortable as the keyboard is pretty small to fit our fingers on the board. Even though it looks different, it has the same function of BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard I think. But the touchscreen interface was really good, very responsive. With keyboard attached, it was looking a little bit bulky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    What kind of keyboard does that cellphone have? A traditional phone keypad or the qwerty keyboard similar to blackberry phones.
    It has a QWERTY keypad which is a slide one in a landscape position. It was a cool phone with its size and a touch and type one. I don't think there's new version of it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    It has a QWERTY keypad which is a slide one in a landscape position. It was a cool phone with its size and a touch and type one. I don't think there's new version of it now.
    They. Stopped making the minis and Xperia has upgraded since then, mostly the brand of Sony Ericsson produce now.

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    Touch screens and keypads are two different ways to enter text information and navigate on-screen information on electronic devices. They may be used on cell phones, cash registers, and computers. Although touch screens are a newer technology than keypads, many people still prefer the tactile sense and reliability of keypads. The choice between a touch screen and a keypad will present itself to most people when they are shopping for a cell phone, though the information in this guide can be generally be applied to other electronic devices, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    They. Stopped making the minis and Xperia has upgraded since then, mostly the brand of Sony Ericsson produce now.
    Ever since it changed solely as Sony, they had upgraded. However, the looks of the handsets are still similar. Think of it, Sony first had the water proof phone, but not yet came to existence when it is still Sony Ericsson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    That is very true. In fact I am also facing the same issue. I am very bad at touch screen keypads. Traditional keypads look better to me.

    While using touchscreen keypads I always end up making spelling mistakes or omissions. May be I am giving too much strain on touchscreen keypads. Moreover, to become comfortable I need a feeling that the key is pressed. I was a big fan of BlackBerry QWERTY keypad which was looking very convenient.
    I agree, the feedback that the keys make when pressed on a physical keypad make accidental clicks a lot harder to perform. Sometimes a simple swipe over the wrong letter on a touchscreen will register as an input, whears on a traditional keyboard you need to physically press down until the key is registered, which is very good.
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    I have a cousin who is still good at texting with a keypad. I remember during the early crazy of text messaging. There use to be texting competitions. As in a contest on who is the fastest texter. Sadly those contests are gone.

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    You are very true, I have seen people who are very good at using touchscreen keypads. They use only one finger but with amazing speed. I think their brain is already programmed to do this which allows them to target keys automatically. After all experience makes you perfect.

    A competition on texting with keypads would be really challenging (at least for me). I never heard of it before. I think it has relevance in the present day scenario too as most of the people feel it uncomfortable using a keypad. I am a big fan of those who manage to type correctly at a fast pace using those tiny keypads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    You are very true, I have seen people who are very good at using touchscreen keypads. They use only one finger but with amazing speed. I think their brain is already programmed to do this which allows them to target keys automatically. After all experience makes you perfect.

    A competition on texting with keypads would be really challenging (at least for me). I never heard of it before. I think it has relevance in the present day scenario too as most of the people feel it uncomfortable using a keypad. I am a big fan of those who manage to type correctly at a fast pace using those tiny keypads.
    Not to sound conceited, but I am fast at texting using my phone. In fact, I used to comment here using my phone. And there's keypad feature which you can easily text using just one hand. However, I still find physical keypad easier and better. I often make typo errors with touch, while minimal errors in physical keypads. So I still prefer phones with real keypads, or if possible, touch and type.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    You are very true, I have seen people who are very good at using touchscreen keypads. They use only one finger but with amazing speed. I think their brain is already programmed to do this which allows them to target keys automatically. After all experience makes you perfect.

    A competition on texting with keypads would be really challenging (at least for me). I never heard of it before. I think it has relevance in the present day scenario too as most of the people feel it uncomfortable using a keypad. I am a big fan of those who manage to type correctly at a fast pace using those tiny keypads.
    A texting keypad is still an option of many touch screens. I think most touchscreen users choose the qwerty keyboard as their option because it is the default option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cashewfruit_wine View Post
    A texting keypad is still an option of many touch screens. I think most touchscreen users choose the qwerty keyboard as their option because it is the default option.
    I am used to the traditional keypad with 'abc' 'def' stuff back then but when I started to use touch screen, I preferred QWERTY even it is not the default option. It is because before I started to use touch, I am using BlackBerry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    Ever since it changed solely as Sony, they had upgraded. However, the looks of the handsets are still similar. Think of it, Sony first had the water proof phone, but not yet came to existence when it is still Sony Ericsson.
    I guess I liked the name Sony Ericsson before, and the logo. SOny is bland now don't you think, I am referring to the brand name, not the products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    I guess I liked the name Sony Ericsson before, and the logo. SOny is bland now don't you think, I am referring to the brand name, not the products.
    Sony Ericsson sounds catchier, however, I don't see any problem with solely Sony. I think it sounds fine. Likewise, it is even easier to pronounce. Perhaps you are still used to Sony Ericsson.

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