Frankly, I don't use the slide out keyboard that much. The keyboard on the screen works well for me. However, I don't really find any issues with the slideout board on the times I've used it. Since the Droid is my first "smart" phone, it's keyboard is the only one I've ever used. Seems to work fine. I'm not sure why a lot people dislike it so much. Perhaps some feel the keys don't have much "give". Remember, the Droid is the thinnest phone with a slide out keyboard. My guess, the keyboard feels the ways it does to keep the profile as low as possible. I've said this before, but I really don't think we will see a new Droid right away. My guess, toward the end of the year. I like my Droid a lot, so I have no plans to replace it till my contract is up in 2011. By then, who knows what kind of cool phones will be around?