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Saturday, December 05, 2009

Why have mobile gadget keyboards gotten worse?

In the past 10 years, for example, screens and antennas have undergone radical transformations for the better. Today's phone processors are vastly superior to desktop processors of a decade ago. Cell phone screens back then were ugly, blocky and usually monochrome. And remember pull-out antennas, and those blocky antennas that always stuck out the top of the phones?

But during this time, the innovation in keyboards that was gaining ground so furiously in the '90s somehow vanished. Nowadays, the keyboards available on small devices are pathetically bad compared with the breathtaking wonders of the previous decade. Here's why the problem is so bad and what we can do about it.


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