The need for both soft keys & hide-away real keyboard

Thanks, it's handy to know that the two requirements narrow the options.

I suspect that as I get more feedback and consider the implications, my idea of requirements will change. For example, why do I need softkeys if there is a real keyboard? Perhaps the softkeys aren't even necessary.

In any case, I have found softkeys on the iPod Touch to be frustrating. I really should just dispense with the soft keys. It doesn't seem to add any value in the presence of real keys. I mean, how much time does it take to flip out the real keypad? Of course, the reality might be different if I ever try it. Any comments from real keypad users on whether it's onerous to flip out?