Do you prefer typing on a horizontal keyboard?

Do you prefer typing on a horizontal keyboard?
There are two types of people when it comes to using a virtual keyboard — those who sometimes prefer to flip the phone in horizontal view and tap away on the stretched-out keys, and those who look at them in bewilderment and ask “How in the name of all kernels is that comfortable for you?”. Granted, back in the day when displays had a 3.5- to 4-inch diagonal, typing out lengthy messages in the cramped portrait orientation wasn't the best option. Now and then, we all had to flip the phone 90 degrees, like it or not.

But nowadays, when a 5-inch screen is the norm, it feels like most people can effortlessly fit both thumbs on a portrait-oriented keyboard. Moreover, larger displays make landscape keyboards even larger (well, longer for sure) and, on some UIs their layouts get shuffled, so your thumbs may feel a bit confused, trying to stretch around this new playing field. Still, there are those that will go for the horizontal view without thinking twice, probably undisrupted by the layout thanks to tons of practice. Which camp are you in?

When typing a long message on your phone, do you prefer horizontal or portrait keyboard?

Always portrait
80.69%
I don't mind either way
11.49%
Horizontal (landscape) all the way
4.71%
I use a special keyboard that splits when in landscape mode for easier use
1.04%
I only use landscape when I get extra buttons for copy / paste / etc.
2.08%

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25 Comments

1. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Not telling you unless you pay me for survey.

2. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Man, that is petty as hell. It's an opinion poll on a phone news website. If you wanna get paid; go sign up for Google Rewards.

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Survey nicely wrapped as opinion poll that they later sell off. Do you really believe they care how or whether you us your keyboard at all? Neither I need money for my opinion nor I sell it.

9. TBomb

Posts: 1405; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Would you accept payment in the form of removing the 26 different pop ups/ads per page on the website?

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Why 26 ? I hardly see any.

18. bigstrudel

Posts: 594; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Dude I haven't seen an ad on the internet in the last 6 months. If everyone Adblocks everything, it will force advertisers to move away from the current model which consumes OUR data that WE pay for as a utility and they do so without consent.

20. mrmessma

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

That or every website that you don't pay a subscription to folds in a few months.

19. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Adaway..

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Sell to whom? Who the heck would want this kind of information? Swiftkey? Swype? Google? They collect all this information on their own already. Phonearena doesn't really gain anything from any of the polls they put out, other than the general idea from their readership.

15. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Google data market, then do break down of what sort of data there are out for sale. PA is about business like any other website they gotta make money. Traffic driven articles ( wonder why they like to use fruity word), SEO, adds , pop aps, "polls" you name it. Now, tell me, honestly, why would they waste time on the polls? To show you results few days later? Seriously? Swiftkey, google, swype is another market. Also part of data market that is widely acceptable data to buy.

16. ElixieR

Posts: 67; Member since: May 01, 2013

Actually they do gain something from the poll. Another idea to write a "new article" about how the majority of smartphone users prefer to type on their keyboard

22. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

First they accept the loss of a physical QWERTY keyboard, then they go Portrait only. God, I hate this generation, and people in general.

3. paynekiller

Posts: 152; Member since: May 24, 2010

I use swype, there's no sense in typing landscape.

4. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Portrait mode always. Thanks to keyboards with the "gliding" function, it isn't as bad to type long text messages or post responses. Also, it's much easier to see what you are replying to, in the regular way that you hold your phone over landscape where you have to keep hiding and unhiding the keyboard to see the whole message you are replying to.

6. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

I still miss the Nokia N900.

12. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Fm transmitter + radio, ir blaster, dual speakers, TV out, no root needed, terminal. That phone, or lil pc that can also make calls is what I call it was a freaking beast, plain and simple!

13. JayBEE

Posts: 179; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Don't forget full Flash 9 implementation. :)

24. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Oh heck yeah. U got a full blown desktop browser, none of this default simplified mobile version which is annoying sometimes. Could handle any flash games and web vids. ios safari and mobile chrome is a joke still today in comparison.

7. ushoda

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

horizontal --> physical keyboard portrait ---> on screen

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1042; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

If only phones still had physical keyboards :( but without them, swype suffices

10. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Portrait swipe most of the time. But when I'm inspired to write something lenghtly definitly landscape.

17. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 164; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I use only portrait keyboard coz i hate that full screen writing

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Portrait-orientated keyboard for me, especially with Swype on board!

23. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

With iOS they add more keys in horizontal which makes keys smaller so normally just use portrait.

25. Krjal

Posts: 426; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Swype. Portrait on mobile, floating keyboard on tablet. Includes shortcuts for cut/copy/paste as gestures in every mode. No need for landscape.

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