As some of you have read I’ve made my share of rants in which I declare that if Microsoft keeps doing or not doing something or heading in particular direction I dislike that my next phone will without any doubt be Android as soon as someone makes a GSM version of something like the Nexus One but with a hard keyboard.

I don’t want to look soft. I need to preserve my street cred up in here and to do that I need to make good on these Google phone threats soon. Not interested in the Droid, no one seems to be in love with its keyboard plus I’m in Luke Wilson’s camp about talking and surfing at the same time being a key component to a fulfilling life. And now that Google’s selling AT&T versions of the Nexus One, the only thing (other than $529) keeping me trapped into a world of nonstop reboots and GPS tweaking adventures is my need for a hard keyboard.

But damn, the Nexus One, good to go on AT&T right now, who knows how long I’d have to wait for a successor with a keyboard. If I could just get over my fear of soft keyboards then I could talk trash with twice the authority having finally seen the promised land. Seems everywhere I look I see people using soft keyboards and they appear to be happy with their lives and no matter how fast I type they just won’t look at me and my badass keyboard. They won’t look.

Could anyone please talk me into outgrowing the hard keyboard?

Doug Simmons


My Nexus One is on its way! Thanks everybody!


  1. only 1 phone could get me over my fear of software keyboard, the hd2. they even have one that works on att. and if it could dual boot android with haret it would trample over babies to get it. i think after the htc supersonic (hd2 running android) comes out, the development of android dual booting on the hd2 will get some momentum.

  2. Actually, I think thats the best news I heard for some time. It’s time to broaden Mobility Digests horizons.
    Let the comparison begin !!!!!!!
    I was almost to the point of offering to buy Doug and android device just to light a fire in the discussions, I have long since given up on HTC devices and I feel a little left out with nothing to contribute(other than my rapier wit six pac abs and buns of steel).

  3. Swype will convert you, its develped by the same dude that gave us T9, so its got some serious push behind it. very cognitive and surprisingly forgiving of inaccuracies. the beta is available via the site and I strong suggest you give it a whirl on Android, it works well in WM but feels a lot more smooth on Android.

  4. I too was in the dilemma that you are facing Doug. Swype, or Slide-It is the way to go, its amazing, as long as you know your keyboard layout! lol I’ve watched many people try to use it that are ‘Hunt and Peck’ typists.. its rather funny!

  5. @Doug Simmons: I have to disagree, have you tried Slide-It? I’ve personally done side to side comparisons, and I’m on average 58% faster on Slide-It.. In the time it takes me to type 5 letters on Swiftkey, I can have 3 or 4 words ‘slid out’ Only a personal opinion =] hope you’ve at least tried it enough to get familiar with it(at least a week of use) before settling on Swiftkey because at first its a whole new concept to take in. Whereas Swiftkey is more ‘traditional’

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