One of the things that I first hated about touchscreen smartphones was these little bitty portrait QWERTY keyboards. Perhaps because the first one I tried to use was the embarrassment of the one on the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (pic above), or perhaps because I was so comfortable with T9, I don’t know. In any case, it took several months with the HTC Droid Eris from Verizon (or rather, Android in general) and its usable portrait QWERTY keyboard to convince me that this was even a viable text input method. I still preferred to use the landscape QWERTY, though, mostly for speed because I could use both thumbs.
As I was writing the last post about text input, I began thinking about how I input text on my Nexus One, and before that, how I input text on my Nokia N97. For the N97, since it lacked a portrait QWERTY, I could only choose a portrait T9 keypad or the hardware keyboard – despite growing up on T9, I would almost always choose to slide the N97 open and use the hardware keyboard in landscape mode. However, on my Nexus One, I could probably count the number of times I used the landscape QWERTY keyboard on both hands.
So, this is really a quick poll, more than a blog post. For those of you with full-touchscreen devices, which do you think you typically use?
Feel free to pass this link around to your friends, too. The more data I can collect, the more interesting and relevant the results.