Nokia Conversations recently ran an online poll, asking readers to vote for their favourite input method: number keypad, QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, or voice command.
It might surpriseth thee to learn that QWERTY came out on top, and by some margin. What the…?
Indeed, QWERTY accounted for almost 50% (48.64% to be precise) of the input pie, with touchscreen in second on 34.69%. Way behind, we have number keypad in third with 8.91%, and finally voice command (poor Siri) on 7.75%.
Nokia’s Boc Ly muses: “Perhaps, it is a reflection of how we are using our phones is changing. Rather than typing, we are now browsing the Internet, watching videos, taking photos and checking social networks.
“We don’t really need a Qwerty keyboard for those activities, but where typing is required, the majority of us would prefer to use one.”
Interestingly, the results were quite different in the US, where 47.22% said touchscreen while only 33.33% voted for QWERTY.
The volume of QWERTY smartphones has diminished considerably with the rise of iOS and Android. Said operating systems are very much developed around touch and increasingly generous displays, while physical QWERTY keyboards can be a tad – what’s the best word here? – clunky.
However, I always fancied the HTC Desire Z back in the day, and the BlackBerry Bold Touch is undeniably lovely. What’s your favourite input method?
via: Nokia Conversations