There was a time when physical keyboards on smartphones made a lot of sense. Think back to the days when the iPhone was just getting off the ground and you’ll remember the likes of BlackBerry, Palm and even HTC (producing for other brands) building devices with physical keyboards.
A big reason for it was that touchscreens up to that time were terrible. They weren’t multitouch, they were fiddly and mostly needed a stylus to be of any use to anyone. Keyboards made it easier to type emails and messages. In fact, if you needed to get stuff done on the move, they were more than just convenient – they were essential.
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