Smartphones Heart QWERTY, Click Off Users

iPhones, Blackberrys ignore alternative keyboard, to enthusiasts' chagrin
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2009 1:57 AM CDT
The more traditional Dvorak keyboard layout, which is found on most computers.   (Wikimedia Commons)
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(Newser) – Smartphone users are baffled that the the commonly used QWERTY keyboard is dominating their text-typing world. Many would prefer the little-know Dvorak keyboard, which was designed to be easy to use, placing the most common letters on the home row. QWERTY, used on computers, was designed to overcome a technical glitch on early typewriters. But Dvorak enthusiasts say the alternative keyboard allows lightning-fast typing.

Handsets by Apple, Palm and Research in Motion are all QWERTY-only. The bias has kept many away from smartphones: "I thought it would hurt my brain using QWERTY," said a Dvorak fan.