I mentioned a few months back the lack of a keyboard could be the Achilles heal of the Apple iPhone. Now the NY Times has an article on the same topic. Russell Shaw mentions this in his blog today and has a poll asking if people care about having a physical keyboard.
I believe for the casual user the lack of a keyboard is bearable. For the serious e-mail user like yours truly I am pretty sure there is no way I will give up the mechanical sensation of pressing keys.
Then again, I haven’t seen the iPhone yet. Perhaps the iPhone is such a good device in other respects; I will be willing to overlook this shortcoming.
In the mean time, it would be great if you could take Russell’s poll so I can see what my (and his) readers think.