Tuesday, November 8, 2011

How Important is the Keyboard... Answered

Over a month ago I posed this question in a previous post.

 

Since that time, I've had a chance to get fairly well acquainted with the Samsung Galaxy II... a device that uses only a soft keyboard as well as voice to text.

 

I've found the device incredibly easy to use, and I never thought I'd say that.  One of the things that Samsung does over some other companies is the use of haptic feedback which means the phone uses a pulse of the vibration mode to shake the phone each time a character is typed.  This provides a much more stable and reliable experience when using a keyboard with no "feel" since it is virtual only.

 

Combine that with the arrival of Siri on the new iPhone 4S.  Siri, for those of you who don't know, is not only voice to text, but allows control of the iPhone OS to do all sorts of things such as telling the phone "wake me up at 7 in the morning" and it will set the alarm for 7:00 am.  This completely removes the need for typing at all.

 

So the answer is... yes the keyboard will soon be a non-issue.  I've always been a fan, but if I can give it up, you can too.  I do think it requires you to find the right device, but trust me... they are out there.  I think with our mobile devices, at some time we'll think back to keyboards like modems.  We may get a bit nostalgic but we really won't miss them at all.

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