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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by sb56637 on Sat 16th Nov 2013 00:56 UTC
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Please let this article reach the powers that be at Google and Motorola and HTC and Samsung and everyone else.

I speak several obscure languages for which spellcheck dictionaries do not exist and will never exist, and typing these languages on an onscreen keyboard that relies on spellchecking and dictionary-matching to work correctly is far too difficult.

Additionally, onscreen keyboards take up a huge amount of screen real estate, especially in landscape mode. A QWERTY slider phone leaves the entire screen for the document with its supporting interface. Vastly superior in every way.

I don't care if my phone is 0.1" thick, if it has a curved screen, I just don't care. I want to enter text into my phone by typing, not swiping.

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