I managed to get an HP Touchpad in the end-of-line firesale a few months ago. It’s subtly integrated itself into my life in many ways since then. What I want to talk about today, though, is the keyboard.
I hate touchscreen keyboards with a passion. My current phone is the Motorola Milestone 2, which has a full hardware qwerty keyboard. My previous phone was the Android G1, which also has a full hardware qwerty keyboard. I don’t enjoy typing on touchscreens, I find the buttons too small, I find it hard to type at a decent speed on them and they just annoy me.
The HP Touchpad keyboard is different, though. Taking up half of the tablet’s screen by default, it’s a nice size. My hands rest nicely on it and I can touch type at a decent speed without making too many mistakes. The virtual keys fall exactly where my fingers expect them to. It’s nice.
The only problem with it is that it lacks arrow keys. Moving to an exact place in the text is awkward without the ability to step one character to the left or right. Shame there’s not a vi mode for it 😉