I have a friend in the industry who works with all sorts of handsets/technologies that tells me otherwise based on the beta models he's working with now (mostly Motorola, Samsung & HTC). His assertion is that enough folks are very comfortable with physical keyboards, esp. for texting, that it's premature to claim the market is swinging one way. Plus, it's becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce these handsets, hence the ability for phone manufacturers to produce these phones w/ different form factors and not lose money The previously more expensive smartphones are becoming more and more like commodities every day as the cost of production & design is lowered over time.
Just wondering how others feel on this. I think in the near future that physical keypads are going to be phased out on most (if not all) smartphones. Any thoughts ??