Every phone I’ve owned after I outgrew the Kyocera 6035 (it’s still kicking around here, somewhere) has featured an actual keyboard of some sort. Even after giving up “smartphones” for budgetary reasons I’ve made sure that my “feature” phones let me type, since text messaging is 95% of what I do with the darned things.
This era may be coming to an end, however. I haven’t fully decided yet, but given that my slide-out keyboard options are rather unappealing from my chosen vendor’s selection, I may have to go with the snazzier device and live with the software keyboard.
Sigh. I’ve owned my Samsung tablet for most of a year and I’m still not really good at software keyboards. We’ll see, I guess.