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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If you use your phone as a computer...
by Antartica_ on Sat 16th Nov 2013 14:40 UTC
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I'm well aware that phones are for calling and sending messages, but having a computer in my pocket... I use it as a computer.

My experience is with the Xperia Pro + CM10 (perhaps when LegacyXperia ports KitKat I will upgrade the OS... for now it works so good that I don't bother).

I use the phone for programming-on-the-go (with vim, no less), ssh to servers, fix scripts... and it's a breeze. I did have to edit the keyboard layout to add some missing characters (ESC, I'm looking at you).

Having a debian chroot where one can compile, test and even launch/test graphical programs (vncserver in the chroot, vnc viewer in Android) has been a real boon -- now I don't have to carry my pandora.

I've had the experience of having to fix a simple script using ssh/vi in a 5" phone... and I don't want to repeat that experience.

But I reckon that people wanting to use phones as portable IT tools are a niche inside a niche.

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