If I asked this question 3 years ago, I’m sure I’d get a majority of responses in favor of the full qwerty on mobile phones. But since the iPhone and the Android smartphones came to the scene, using full touchscreen doesn’t seem to as bad as before.
In fact, full touchscreen has a few advantages over full qwerty phones in some areas:
- Full touchscreen phones enjoy bigger real estate screen since the virtual keyboard is included into the screen. Bigger screens are always better.
- Web browsing on touchscreen phones feels more interactive and engaging with navigational features like swipe, pinch and other multi-touch gestures. Even the Swype technology was invented specifically for touchscreen.
- Changes the way we see and enjoy gaming on the mobile phone.
Of course, full qwerty phones will always have the “physical” advantage over touchscreen phones.
Given all the smartphone options we have this year, would you still go for a full qwerty or a full touchscreen?