One advantage to the Android platform is that you're not locked into a single device. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't license out its iOS platform to other mobile phone makers, so it's the iPhone or bust. But what if you want a slideout keyboard instead of just a virtual one? In that case, you're simply out of luck, but maybe not for long.
According to Apple Insider, rumors abound that Apple has three iPhone 5 prototypes in the works, including one with a hardware keyboard. If Apple goes in that direction, it would be the first time an iPhone shipped with a slideout keyboard instead of relying solely on a virtual one. It's also possible that Apple would offer two different models, one with a plank and one without.