Have you been suffering from typo errors since you owned a touchscreen device? Admit it. Sometimes an autocorrect mechanism can be “autowrong”. And it surely pisses us off when somebody does not understand our text messages or when you read a certain text, it looks like a mystery puzzle to be solved. And so, to ease these finger woes, Samsung revives the hardware keyboard.
Those born 2 decades ago surely miss the hard keyboard. By this, I mean those phone with letters arranged with the QWERTY format, not the Nokia keypad style which has three letters per number (e.g. 1abc, 2def …. 0space). However, the reintroduction by Samsung is not something embedded to its hardware. Instead, the hardware keyboard is an external accessory that is attached to your regular touch screen phones. The keyboard will occupy almost half of the display screen and the system itself will identify the accessory shrinking the display to the other half.
For now, the prototype accessory is available to Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ as a refresher for those whose fingers are used to press hard bulging keys rather than a flat surface. Probably, the keyboard accessory will come late or never for older models because of the differences in dimensions — probably, one of the economic tactics of Samsung.
Hilariously, when your Samsung smartphone is attached with the hardware keyboard, it looks like a Blackberry handset. I, like some other reviewers, am expecting a bloody lawsuit here. Samsung should see into this potential problem.
Unfortunately, for some who have tried typing into the accessory, they feel like the keyboard provided is hard to type. The letters were not separated properly and it gives so much stress to the users’ fingers. Maybe, since we are accustomed already with the touchscreen interface, our hands are no longer used to using the phone keyboard.
For now, Samsung did not make announcement when the keyboard will be released in the market and how much will it cost. But the question remains, is it really worth our cash?
Credits to Dan Seifert of The Verge.
Image in courtesy of Google.