Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 16:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Verge reviews the BlackBerry Q10: "Maybe you're here for the keyboard. As superb as the Q10's physical keyboard is, I keep thinking about the six-year evolution of the soft keyboard since the introduction of the original iPhone. They've gotten so good on every platform - iOS, Windows Phone, Android, even BlackBerry's own Z10. The argument used to be that physical keyboards were for serious users who needed to burn through email, and I just don't think that holds water anymore. Yes, this is the best of a dying breed, but for the life of me, I don't know why someone who's accustomed to a full-touch phone would come back to this." I disagree. Touchscreen keyboards have not improved considerably at all - in fact, I find them just as terrible and unpleasant to use as when they were first introduced on Palm OS and Windows Mobile. A properly designed hardware keyboard - preferably landscape (like on the E7), but portrait will do too - will always run circles around those frustrating software keyboards. Major respect to BlackBerry for sticking to their guns. To anyone making a quality phone with a landscape hardware keyboard (rebadge an E7 for all I care) running Android or Windows Phone: please, take my money. Please.
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by M.Onty on Mon 29th Apr 2013 16:39 UTC
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Why I should trust a technology review from a company whose site weighs 1.6MB per page I cannot fathom. The whole review is only about 1,600 words plus a dozen medium sized images. You should be looking at 100K, maximum, excluding JQuery. No wonder it takes three seconds from when it finishes loading to when it actually shows on screen.

Anyway, on topic, I think you're right about physical keyboards Thom. There's no getting around the fact that you can't feel the edges of on-screen keys, no matter how many marvellous thumb twisting new layouts pop up.

Edited 2013-04-29 16:39 UTC

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