1. Misframed's Avatar
    I'd be interested in seeing a slider set-up but it would have to be very nicely done as most sliders are cheap IMO.

    Not only are they cheap... they are FAT! Adding a physical keypad to the iPhone would double it's thickness (and weight).
    03-24-2009 11:04 AM
  2. cjvitek's Avatar
    You know, instead of a physical keyboard, how about giving users an option of using a graffiti style place to write letters instead of using a keyboard. I know with the Palm Zire, I got pretty fast at writing things with graffiti - I wonder how that would compare (speed wise) with using a virtual keyboard.

    The benefit would be that the area that the keyboard currently takes up could be the "writing" area.

    Chris
    03-24-2009 11:12 AM
  3. taylorh's Avatar
    How would you input the grafiti? A stylus? iPhone is pretty anti stylus. Not to mention I don't know how well one works with the capacitove touch screen.
    03-24-2009 03:33 PM
  4. cjvitek's Avatar
    You could input it with your finger.
    03-24-2009 07:17 PM
  5. taylorh's Avatar
    Does it takes less effort to gesture a graffiti character than single tap a keyboard key? It seems typing a keyboard would be magnitudes more efficient.
    03-24-2009 07:30 PM
  6. Rene Ritchie's Avatar
    iPhone 3.0 ads Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Thai, etc. keyboards.

    How would you do that with a BlackBerry Bold? Make a different model with different keys for those (and other non-Roman) regions? Pry off the little tic-tacs and swap them out?

    You also can't get rid of the keyboard when you're not using it.

    There are arguments every way. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

    Not all businesses are the same either, some aren't even messaging-based, so iPhone can go many places that the BlackBerry may not fit.

    Still *lots* of room to grow.

    It's the software
    03-24-2009 08:27 PM
  7. cjvitek's Avatar
    Does it takes less effort to gesture a graffiti character than single tap a keyboard key? It seems typing a keyboard would be magnitudes more efficient.

    I don't know if it is or not - that's what I am asking.

    I got pretty fast with using graffiti on the palm.

    While I am okay with the iPhone keyboard, I don't feel like I am as fast on that as I was with a real keypad. I suspect I was just as fast with graffiti as with the iPhone keypad....but I am not sure.

    It would certainly be a different way to go. And it might address some of the problems people have with a virtual keypad.

    Chris
    03-24-2009 10:32 PM
  8. cjvitek's Avatar
    Still *lots* of room to grow.

    It's the software
    I agree - since it is software based, there is a lot more room to grow than a hardware solution.
    03-24-2009 10:33 PM
  9. Shelia_denise's Avatar
    i like the iphone alot but i wont buy one because its touch screen and i like verizons network. if apple came out with a device similar to the blackberry with a keypad i would buy one immediately! do they have any plans in the future to come out with this? does anybody think they wil sometime?
    Do you think apple will ever come out with an iphone with an sliding keyboard?:o
    11-01-2011 07:22 PM
  10. taylorh's Avatar
    I think never. Since Steve Jobs took over Apple years ago, he has insisted on Apple shipping fewer products. One with a keyboard would fragment the iPhone experience product line.
    Besides, once I got used to the iPhone on screen keyboard, I have never had a desire to go back to a physical keyboard. Though, the Palm Treo keyboard still to this day remains the best I ever used.
    11-01-2011 08:44 PM
  11. Tpence2177's Avatar
    You can buy cases that have Bluetooth keyboards built in for reasonable. Don't know how well they work or how long the battery life is but it is possible to have a physical keyboard on an iphone
    11-01-2011 11:39 PM
  12. Eileen89's Avatar
    You can buy cases that have Bluetooth keyboards built in for reasonable. Don't know how well they work or how long the battery life is but it is possible to have a physical keyboard on an iphone
    It works well from what I've seen, however, it totally kills the battery life so ya better have a charger near by.
    11-02-2011 08:08 AM
  13. AchiHadis's Avatar
    agree all of you
    11-02-2011 10:11 AM
  14. joe_fresh's Avatar
    Touch screen and keyboard? smh i would advise buy a blackberry torch or an android.
    11-02-2011 11:12 AM
  15. Nanci's Avatar
    You can buy cases that have Bluetooth keyboards built in for reasonable. Don't know how well they work or how long the battery life is but it is possible to have a physical keyboard on an iphone
    I bought a refurb Apple bluetooth keyboard at Overstock a few weeks ago. I got it for my iPad, (and it really isn't so practical) but I took it, and my iPhone, to a meeting where I expected to take some notes and it worked GREAT and was nice and light and fit in my purse better than the iPad would have. I love it. Like all Apple things, it is just beautiful and perfect.
    11-02-2011 11:46 AM
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