There are a couple devices hitting the market this summer and possibly to be announced at BlackBerry World that will feature a full QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen. The Bold Touch will be the old Bold 9000 form factor with a touchscreen and what we’re seeing now looks like a Curve with a touchscreen. Regardless of what the haters are saying, these devices are going to be incredible. The trackpad is great for actions like selecting text quickly, but you can’t beat a finger swipe for navigating icons and using apps. Not only that, but you’ll be able to bang out emails with ease and switch to a fun game like Finger Trap (albeit it might be a little harder to play on a smaller screen). It’s the best of both worlds.
We highlighted the benefits in our BlackBerry Torch review. The input methods break down as follows:
Touchscreen: Navigating the homescreen tabs is easier with touchscreen gestures.
Trackpad: The trackpad is perfect for anything that requires precision. Copy and paste as well as navigating text to make an edit is best with the trackpad.
Physical keyboard: The BlackBerry keyboard is well respected for banging out emails. With the slider, you feel like you’ll be able to send timely messages.
Virtual keyboard: phone calls are faster with the virtual keyboard. You don’t have to open the slider to make a call and the virtual keyboard has nice big numbers to dial from.
Then there’s the BlackBerry Monaco which has a trackpad but no QWERTY keyboard. How do you feel about that?