Originally Posted by Jeevo
It's not a rumour I've really heard but more phones are becoming touchscreen now and im not sure I can cope without buttons.
Though I've never owned a touchscreen phone I've prodded at text entry on an iPod Touch and it didn't feel right. Maybe I would need to get used to it.
I carry an iPod, which is an iPhone without phone or camera features (and no sim chip or monthly charge), along with my ATT 9700. I've found that the main difference in using the touchscreen and the 9700 buttons is that I can use my thumbs on the 9700, while on the iPod my thumbs are clumsy when I try to use them on the touchscreen keyboard, and I am forced to use my index finger.
This makes the touchscreen harder for me on long texts. I can comfortably grasp the 9700 as I type away on the buttons, versus having to gingerly hold the iPod in one hand while I poke the touchscreen with my other hand's finger.
The iPod works great for me when I am in wifi range because of its applications and Safari software, which is why I carry it, but it is relatively useless in comparison to the 9700 when it comes to drafting long emails, downloading and editing documents, and other input intensive business uses -- which is why I carry my Berry.
So, no, I hope the buttons are here to stay -- at least until they figure out how we can easily speak our text into the smartphones without the quirky "say a command" BS we have now.