Looking back at the history of Android devices, one can clearly write the chronological developments that have taken place, starting from the advent of those aesthetic smartphones that were the hotcake of the day with sleek physical keyboards led by the BlackBerry. iPhone was the only device at the time with a touch screen.
However, the advent of Android smartphones brought about a whole new wave of touchscreens such that someone seen using a physical keyboard in this day and age seems like the weirdo. I bet there are some folks out there who probably have never typed on something close to a physical keyboard.
Truth be told, history seems to be repeating itself now with the venture of physical keyboards back into the market. This has been initiated by the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ and following suit in this trend is the new BlackBerry Priv. So, when you see your buddy using a physical keyboard, don’t laugh. Their reasons could be one of the following:
Physical keyboards stand the test of motion
Truth be told, you are much more accurate at typing when using a physical keyboard than a touchscreen keyboard especially when you are in motion. Constant use of a physical keyboard also increases your memory of the strategic positions of the keys so you can type even when on the run, unlike that touchscreen that has to compel you to get some discreet corner on the street to type your message first.
Fingernail friendly physical keyboards
Touchscreens have obviously given those with weirdly long fingernails an uphill task trying to type on them coz you’ve got to flatten your fingers to get the flesh on that flesh-sensitive glass since fingernails don’t give that good surface area for sensitivity. Try typing with the physical keyboard and whichever monkey trick you try, you’re good as long as something is pressing down on those buttons.
The old folks’ preference
Many old folks would not want something that keeps them narrowing their eyes to see what letter they’re typing and trying to steady their frail fingers in order to land on the intended letter. Physical keyboards make their life easier since they can type at the comfort of their distance since they’ve been using that keyboard for years and can type even with eyes closed.
Save on your precious time
Physical keyboards are the best when it comes to shortcuts that take you directly to launching an app, contacts dial, etc. This suits those ever busy folks that don’t like wasting time circumnavigating around a jargon of passwords and screen locks before they can access that menu icon.
Better tactile interaction
Despite the fact that physical keyboards can be pretty noisy while typing compared to touchscreens, they have a magical rhythmic feel to the typing junkies with a musical mind. As you get to type on those keys, a familiar rhythm seems to interact with your brain that makes the experience feel more solid and real, something that is only imaginable in a touchscreen keyboard.
Very soon, you may find yourself back in the old school style that you may be laughing at right now. Just saying.