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Review: HTC EVO Shift 4G

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The Keyboard...

CamelTowing

Jan 15, 2011, 2:45 PM
That's two phonescoop "reviews" I've read saying that the keyboard was not very good. One from Eric and one from Rich... what gives? The keyboard won't win any awards, but I love it. I think the keys are well placed and easily used. And I also like the fact that you have to move the keyboard without the spring action. I've seen several spring loaded keyboards fail miserably. This one feels like it will last for years. Oh and as far as the video calling...
I'm pretty sure it was abandoned on purpose for 2 reasons. 1. Qik being bought by Skype. 2. Everyone bitches about Vid calling on anything but WIFi. The fact is, like you touched upon in one of your articles, Vid calls aren't perfect even on a pc, so I'm not really demanding my cell phone ...
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Rich Brome

Jan 17, 2011, 7:59 PM
I stand by my opinion and agree with Eric. It's a crappy keyboard compared to many, many other phones.

The Cliq 2 keyboard, for example, may look funny and feel kinda cheap, but the keys are a much, much better shape that makes them easier to feel and press.

The difference is whether you can learn the layout and type by feel alone; without looking. On a good thumb keyboard, you can. I don't think you can on the EVO Shift. You always have to stare at it while typing because it's so flat.

When that's the case, the whole advantage of a physical keyboard is gone; you might as well be using an on-screen keyboard, which would make the phone thinner and lighter. Why have that size & weight trade-off for a keyboard no better than a virtual ...
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CamelTowing

Jan 22, 2011, 8:04 PM
I disagree. The Cliq 2 keyboard "looking funny and feeling cheap" is exactly why I prefer the Shift's keyboard. It's solid and going to last. It isn't exactly beautiful but I think it functions well. I have no problem typing without looking at it and the thumb pad is useful. The keys are flat and nondescript but they always work. Even on the best touchscreen phones, the keyboards can act screwy. A colleague of mine switched from the original EVO and he loves the keyboard too. To each his own I suppose.
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marufio

Feb 4, 2011, 9:35 PM
It should be like a Blackberry Curve keyboard then everybody would be happy.
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