The 411: Touch screen or keyboard?
Every two weeks, senior associate editor Nicole Lee answers your questions about cell phones, smartphones, and all things mobile.
Welcome to the 411, my column answering all your questions about cell phones and cell phone accessories. I receive plenty of questions about these subjects via e-mail, so I figured many of you might have similar queries, too. At times, I might solicit answers from readers if I'm stumped. Send your questions and comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer to remain anonymous, let me know in the e-mail.
Question: I'm a Verizon customer, and very soon my upgrade is up. I've had a
Is there something that I should just wait on that would be more for me, or am I just likely stuck with either the Droid Pro, or a more touch-screen phone like the iPhone (which I will definitely wait for its future versions since Verizon is switching over to 4G, and the current
I wouldn't want to force you to switch to a touch-screen phone if you're not quite ready, but you're right that the touch screen is where it's at if you want a high-end smartphone. Even the Droid Pro that you mentioned has a touch screen in addition to the physical QWERTY keyboard underneath. Personally, I think the touch-screen technology in smartphones is so advanced now that I don't miss having physical buttons. However, this is a personal preference -- I also know people who just need a physical keyboard for one reason or another. This is a decision that you have to come to on your own.
My first instinct is to advise you to get a smartphone that has both a touch-screen display and a QWERTY keyboard, to get a feel of both worlds. As you seem to not like the slider form factor, then yes, the Droid Pro is your only choice since you're a Verizon customer. If you're open to the slider however, you can opt for the
But I would hold off on buying any more phones until the CTIA trade show in late March, which is when many companies announce new phones. Also note that if you're open to phones that don't have keyboards, you could get the upcoming