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Last week we wondered what you think about alternative keyboard layouts What Do You Think About Alternative Keyboard Layouts? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Think About Alternative Keyboard Layouts? [MakeUseOf Poll] A huge majority of computer users use Qwerty as their keyboard layout; it’s the default in almost every keyboard in the world, and everyone is used to it. But there are at least two more... Read More . While not many of you voted, the majority who did are curious about alternative keyboard layouts, believe they might be better, but feel that the switch would be too hard. This might be so, but some readers still reported they managed to switch, permanently or for a while.

Out of 197 voters, an impressive %10 already use an alternative layout, 7% tried it but went back to Qwerty, 49% are curious, but think the switch is probably too hard to tackle, 18% love Qwerty and don’t want to switch at all, and 17% heard about it in the poll for the first time!

It’s nice to know that our poll could enlighten 33 readers about the existence of alternative layouts. Who knows, they might switch now! Overall, around 17% of the voters have tried alternative layouts, so if you’re curious, the switch may be possible after all.

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This week’s poll question is: What Do You Think About Windows Phone 7?

WP7 has been around for almost two years, but only recently has it started gaining popularity. The latest Nokia release might or might not give WP7 the push it’s been needing all this time. But is the OS any good? Is it being underrated by the technology world, or are we all better off sticking to what we already have? Now is the time for you to have your say!


If you already use it, what makes it good or bad? What are the reasons you would consider switching to it? And if you never will, why? Tell us everything in the comments.

  1. Anonymous
    November 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Micro$oft Windows Phone? Never! Stupid name, ugly tiles, monopoly on the desktop. Never Windows again....

    • Dede3480
      January 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      @hpdirty yes the OS must be horrible because the name is "stupid"... And apparently the "monopoly" on the desktop ensures wp7 must be bad, why buy it with a bad name ? Quit trolling - if you're not trolling then you must be an adolescent.

  2. Runningman
    November 21, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I have been an avid WP7 user for a year now.  The recent Mango update has made it a serious contender in the smartphone market.  The browser is quick, you can link multiple email accounts into one inbox, sync contacts with Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, create separate groups of contacts and pin them to your start screen, fantastic integration with Office, 25 gigs of free clound storage and the list goes on.  They just passed the 40,000 app mark in one year which shows strong developer support going forward.  To be sure, Microsoft has their work cut out for them with marketing, especially in the US.  The partnership with Nokia will help immensely establishing better brand recognition for the future.  This platform won't be for everybody but it is definitely worth trying one out if you are updating your phone or looking for your first smartphone.

    • Yaara
      November 22, 2011 at 7:24 am

      Thanks for sharing! I was hoping to get some comments from people who're actually using it. 

      Nokia is a really strong brand, especially in Europe and Asia, hopefully this will help some with marketing efforts.

  3. Susendeep Dutta
    November 21, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Windows Phone 7 has made their ecosystem better by making stricter hardware requirements,quality apps.I liked that windows phone has emphasized more on quality than quantity.

    But with the plan for support for lower end hardware,I think it will suffer the same fate as that of its netbook counterpart i.e. it will not support all the features and will slowdown after using it.In general,I think that windows OS requires ample hardware to be able to run it smoothly.When I saw comparison between Nokia Lumia 800 and HTC Titan,the launching of certain apps slightly lagged in Nokia Lumia 800 only because it's CPU(1.4 GHz)  was underclocked by 0.1 GHz.

    Nokia needs to differentiate its phone from others by changing the looks or apps etc. as it has exclusive rights to do so.

  4. Algorhythm511
    November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    One thing MS needs to work on if they are going to be a serious competitor is marketing.  I walked into the Sprint Store and saw big displays and advertisments for the IPhone, Blackberry and Android.  The WP7 had no ads. :-( I had to actually ask a rep to help me find a WP.

    • Yaara
      November 22, 2011 at 7:23 am

      That sucks. I hope they can get their brains together and do something about it. I think Microsoft are used to success without marketing. They never really NEEDED it like they need it now. They better wake up...

  5. Algorhythm511
    November 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    As a mobile developer, I am really interested in getting one.  It seems like a good place to get your app on the ground floor and really make some money.  The Android and iOS marketplace are too flooded.

    As for the functionality, I have played around with the dev emulator, but I really need to have an actual one to play around with for a little bit before I can make a good judgement of if I want it.

    Has anyone heard if they are going to release an iPod touch equivalent like WP7 without the phone anytime soon.

    • Yaara
      November 22, 2011 at 7:22 am

      I think you're definitely right about apps, and if I were a mobile developer I would go for WP7 too.

  6. mesasr
    November 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    actually its been not two but just one year since it came out
    imo its not for everyone, you either hate or love the unique Metro UI
    as for usability, I think only after 7.5 Mango it became a good enough option worth considering, however it really needs another year to fully mature and become a heavyweight,right now the hardware still isnt there(only Android-inspired designs from major players like HTC,Samsung and last gen internals), ecosystem is incomplete and most importantly your average Joe doesnt even know about it
    numbers arent really on WP7s side now, but with Nokia's marketing efforts and also Win8 things will most probably improve significantly, but exactly how much remains to be seen

    • Yaara
      November 21, 2011 at 6:49 am

      When i said two years I was referring to Microsoft's unveiling of Windows Phone. I guess one year really is more accurate.

      Thanks for the comment, it's interesting for me to hear what people think about it, since I never had the chance to even see it outside videos.

  7. Ethan Griswold
    November 20, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I sold my HTC Desire to try the HTC HD7. The OS itself is good. Though I don't think the tile design is the most efficient way to organize the home screen. However, I switched back to iOS after a few short months. I couldn't live with the poor app selection, poor 3rd party app performance, and lack of features.

    • Yaara
      November 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

      Yes, this is what I've heard from people who've tried it. I guess we'll have to wait and see if they can attract developers and have a good app market.

  8. Spacyzuma
    November 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm

    I never will buy a WP7 phone until:
    a) Universal Mass Storage Mode is enabled, so I can plug it into any PC and transfer files;
    b) I do not need Zune or any proprietary software to transfer my files.

    These are the same reasons why I will never buy an Apple product.

    • Christ2
      November 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

      Yes I made the mistake of buying before trying!!!

  9. Lee
    November 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    There should be an option for "Never used it," because I've never used it but from what I've seen it looks pretty nice.

    • Yaara
      November 21, 2011 at 6:43 am

      Well, you can choose "I want one!". :) Or "Looks interesting, but needs more time".

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