OS of the OSK - or the Ongoing Saga of the On Screen Keyboard

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How did we get to the point where the "state of the art" phones now use on screen keyboards as their input mechanism?

We've had experiments along the way:

1) physical flip-up keyboards

2) handwriting recognition (e.g. graffitti on the palm)

3) voice recognition

How have we ended up with a solution that barely works? Where:

1) the keys are too small for your fingers

2) the keys obscure the screen

3) you have to press numerous keys to get to further keyboards for different characters

Surely there's got to be a better way to input and manipulate text on phones? How can they become really useful until a better way is found?