Pixel 2 XL Specs

Once a upon a time in a land far away, whiny tech bloggers decided they would take a stand. A new wave of smartphones from companies like HTC and newcomer Apple were being introduced, and they were missing a feature that had until then been a staple on all handsets: a physical keyboard. How on Earth were people supposed to type comfortably and efficiently on a smartphone without a keypad? Nokia phones had numbered keypads and advanced predictive text technology, BlackBerry phones had full QWERTY keypads, and either option was far better than fumbling around with a virtual keyboard on a touchscreen. Right? Right!?

Fast-forward to today, and no companies make smartphones with physical keyboards anymore. No notable companies, at least. Smartphone makers didn't eliminate the keyboard out of spite or because they were bored, they did it because it needed to be done. The space on phones that had been occupied by keyboards could be better utilized by enlarging the display. More display equals more content, and more content equals a better user experience. And so physical keyboards disappeared from smartphones.

Now, let's have a quick chat about the headphone jack.

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