Yup, manual drills are still in use. Can they be better that their electrical competitors?
That’s pretty a question of presonal liking.
Drills can be used for a lot more than boring holes in wood. They can also be used to drive screws and nuts, and to brush away rust or paint.
The manual drill is the most basic type, used primarily to drive screws. It has a gear drive that the user spins to rotate the bit.
The auger is another type of manual drill, used for drilling through thicker wood. Its manual handle turns to rotate the bit.