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 Sodki
by Sodki on Sat 16th Nov 2013 02:48 UTC
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As with everything, you can have good and bad physical and virtual keyboards. I had a horrible experience with the Nokia E50's physical keyboard, but a marvellous, heavenly experience with the N900's physical experience. On the other hand, the N900's virtual keyboard was poor, while my Nexus 4 virtual keyboard is great.

As a sysadmin, having a physical keyboard is a huge plus, because it gives me a lot of freedom on my work. Also, virtual keyboards consume screen space. On the other hand, physical keyboards make the phone bulkier.

Unfortunately, you can't have the cake and eat it too.

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