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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RE[2]: Comment by Antartica_
by WorknMan on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:29 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Antartica_"
WorknMan
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Onscreen keyboards are so bad that I have actually stopped using SSH on my Optimus G. ;) With my Xperia Pro, I used SSH all the time. Every punctuation key required, including tab, alt, ctrl, and pipe, were accessible. CTRL/ALT were even separate hardware keys.


I don't know how many people are doing SSH on their phone, but I'd guess the number is decidedly small. Of course, there should be options for people that want to, but I think a better way to do that would be to have little pegs on the side of the phone where you could not only attach a foldable keyboard, but also maybe a game controller, and whatever else. For most of us, hardware keyboards are going to be a waste of space, and these phones are already big enough as it is.

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