BlackBerry Priv: physical keyboard or on-screen, what's better?
posted by John V. / Nov 12, 2015, 4:08 PM
Capacitive technology changed all that, which has undoubtedly become the dominant technology employed in today’s modern smartphones. Very recently, we’ve been getting acquainted with the BlackBerry Priv, which not surprisingly enough, sports the signature keyboard that BlackBerry is known for. The device as a whole, is a refreshing change from the usual all-touch smartphones, seeing that the physical keyboard offers users the convenience of having that tactile feedback when typing something up – complementing the touchscreen keyboard it also offers.
Well, it got us thinking about whether or not using the physical keyboard is actually better than the on-screen one. We’ve grown quite fond of how touchscreens have improved the way we type things up with the on-screen keyboard, seeing that auto-correct and predictive features have virtually made it error proof. Therefore, we decided to give it a quick test to see whether the physical keyboard proves to be better or not.
We’re not stopping there, just because we’ll also pit it against some other phones and keyboards – such as the iPhone 6s, Galaxy S6 Active, and the SwiftKey keyboard. Don’t forget to check out the video below to see exactly how it all turns out. And oh yeah, we’re also going to check out their accuracy by typing stuff up with our eyes closed. You don’t want to miss which of them offers the best experience.
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On screen so I can use my junk.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 2:30 PM 3
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For serious productivity, a physical keyboard is next to impossible to beat. It lets you use all of your glorious screen real estate whilst still putting together your text. This is especially useful with long email threads or when editing documents on the fly. On screen keyboards have improved a huge amount, to the point where they might win in pure speed, but it's the ability to have that whole screen dedicated to content that keeps the physical keyboard as the king of productivity.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 4:58 PM 4
i played with it yesterday felt like a bigger palm pre a bit but i loved it screen amazing contrast and i used the scrolling on the keypad to move around nice i could see this saving bb if not for the price, like the htc a9 mega over price should be 250-300 no more for what you get.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 5:11 PM 1
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There is pro and cons with physical keyboard pro: type without look at it, give a better feel when hit on it, customs shortcut. Con: moving part will worn out and easy to break, take up space for battery for instant, can't customize to apps.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 5:37 PM 1
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The best function of a BB keyboard is one-handed use. With their shortcuts (example: double tap for the period that everybody copied) you can type on the go. Long press for caps is indispensible for one-handed operation.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 7:00 PM 2
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It all comes down to what one is willing to learn. My first smartphone was the BB Curve, then I got the Bold. I got really good at using a PKB. I even raced my brother with his iPhone, and I beat him easily with no mistakes. However, if I were to race him with another VKB phone, I think he would beat me. I have a VKB now, but I'm looking forward to getting the Priv when it comes to Verizon. Bottom line: there are no advantages or disadvantages with either one. It comes down to preference and what YOU prefer. Stop knocking other people's choices.
posted on Nov 12, 2015, 7:05 PM 2
Posts: 882; Member since: Dec 05, 2012
Physical keyboard is better, but not one which is very small like on BB Priv. A standard sized keyboard is better for productivity on laptops/tablets. But on smartphones', touchscreens are more productive.
posted on Nov 13, 2015, 1:56 AM 0
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Any software keyboard can be used to quickly type sentences composed of only common english words, when autocorrect is enabled. T9 could do that just fine, too. In the real world, we often need to type sentences with things like email addresses, uncommon last names, product names, and foreign words. That would be a more meaningful test.
posted on Nov 15, 2015, 4:11 PM 0
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