Friday, November 6, 2009

Droid on Verizon a dud for typing

Today the Motorola Droid running Android 2.0 was released on Verizon Wireless. I went to my local store and played around with the phone for a few minutes. (Like the iPhone 3GS intro at AT&T, there were more salespeople than customers in the store! Not so much excitement.)

The Droid has a nice large screen and a fast, responsive processor. But the slide out landscape keyboard is nearly as bad as typing on glass. The keys are flat and square. The wide arrangement makes thumb typing hard without moving around. There is essentially no feedback since there is no travel in the keys. My typo rate was about 300% (3 wrong keypresses for each correct one)!

The Droid keyboard is a dud.

Furthermore, the control keys at the bottom of the screen (Home, GoBack, etc) were equally non-responsive. If you want a nice phone with a keyboard, the Droid is not it.

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