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Physical keyboards are terrible for gaming, only marginally better for typing. The only company that's managed to make a decent physical keyboard is Blackberry.

All you need is one of these, one of these, and a phone that won't fall apart in a year because it uses a stupid hinged keyboard *cough*g2*cough*
    
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Physical keyboards are terrible for gaming, only marginally better for typing. The only company that's managed to make a decent physical keyboard is Blackberry.

All you need is one of these, one of these, and a phone that won't fall apart in a year because it uses a stupid hinged keyboard *cough*g2*cough*

If you've ever actually used a sidekick or g1, you would realize their keyboards eat blackberry keyboards for breakfast. I can type faster and more accuraitly with the g1 or sidekick, with my eyes closed, one handed, with my hand behind my back then I can with even the best third party on screen keyboard on my sgs3. And that is now in 2013, 5+ years since I've used the g1 as my primary android device.

I also have a pair of blackberries. One.of them is just garbage due to poorly designed switches under the keys. The other is half decent keyboard wise, bit better than stock android on screen, but fails to surpass any of the decent alternatives on the android market.

Then there's the trackball on both the g1 and sidekick - if you type a lot on your phone on websites (like this one) that trackball is incredibly useful. Yes, blackberry has one too, but it's implementation is terrible. Still beats not having one like most modern phones though.

A universal benefit to physical buttons keyboards is they don't pop up over whatever you're looking at. In landscape, 4/5 of my screen is keyboard right now (typing this on my sgs3). In portrait, it's the entire screen. It's just terrible.

Now, if you're only interested in gaming, then I can see how a keyboard would be of limited use. I'd claim pretty much ANY keg board would be better than none, but certainly not as beneficial as connecting a ps3 controller.as you suggest. That said, who . their right mind would keep a ps3 controller in their pocket? People game on android devices because of the convenience, not the superiority of the platform. If you're going to carry something as bulky as a controller, just get a psp or 3ds and enjoy both superior games, and a platform that won't eat your phone battery.

No.. a better solution for the android gamer is a sidekick style.body and button layout. It fits your hand like a game controller and has all the buttons you are likely to ever need for an android game.

As for your issues with moving screens, I dunno what you do with your phone's, but I've only ever broken one phone in my life, and I was able go repair it myself within 30 min. I've owned a LOT of phones, and most of them have had hinged, slide out, or otherwise moving screens.
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Except the reason physical keyboards died out is that modern onscreen ones have made them obsolete. It might take a while to get used to them, but I can type 7-8 letters/second using the stock google keyboard with a high degree of accuracy, and one handed I can probably type as fast using the swipe functionality as you can using your hardware keyboard of choice.
    
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Originally Posted by nathris View Post

Physical keyboards are terrible for gaming, only marginally better for typing. The only company that's managed to make a decent physical keyboard is Blackberry.

All you need is one of these, one of these, and a phone that won't fall apart in a year because it uses a stupid hinged keyboard *cough*g2*cough*

You have never owned a Samsung Back Jack 1 (SGH i607) that thing was good for playing games, you use the d-pad up top for directing and 3 key on either left or right side, what ever fits you best. i don't remember having any issue or uncomfortably on the Streets Of Rage.

i've considered using the on screen controller but, it robs so muhc screen space on smaller screens the since they are virtual you can't feel the button also if the digitizer crap the button presses don't always register. also the d-apd has to be really weird because those work on a rocking motion, the digitizer would have to be accurate and user aware of how to move their thumbs with no physical "feel".

The game clip doesn't fit in my pocket, which means if you ended waiting line or needing to kill time on the fly... well no games.

Yeah the ribbon cable can break in sliding screen phone but, as long as it had a pretty good life time i wouldn't mind taking it apart and fixing it, the last one i fixed wasn't too bad, then again i take apart laptops on a regular basis, so it's all subjective but, i'm sure a quality built cable/phone would last longer than year or two or three.
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