Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Nov 2013 22:50 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I bought a Droid 4 twenty-one months ago.

As a devout user of physical QWERTY keyboards, I'm pretty sure I'm screwed.

Great article by Sean Hollister on the demise of the QWERTY slider. In the article, Hollister speaks with Doug Kaufman, manager of handset strategy for Sprint, and his revelations are intriguing - it's not so much that people do not want hardware keyboards; it's that people want iconic, flagship phones - like the S4, like the 5S - with huge marketing pushes. Since nobody is pushing a flagship QWERTY slider... Nobody buys them. However, when you ask consumers what they want, physical keyboards are very, very popular.

And so, Kaufman admits: if there was an HTC One or Galaxy S4, a top-of-the-line phone, but with a keyboard - it would sell.

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Comment by ddc_
by ddc_ on Fri 15th Nov 2013 23:46 UTC
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I believe that hardware keyboard on phone is too small to be really effective compared to the touch keyboards. (I use MessagEase, which I'm quite used to and I type using it faster then I did with hardware keyboard.) I am still planning to buy a separate keyboard, as I find myself unable to type long text with touch input without getting extremely distracted, and the onscreen keyboard eats too much of screen real estate in some cases.

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