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 MOS6510 on Sat 16th Nov 2013 15:24 UTC
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Don´t put a keyboard on a mobile phone.

It will make it bulkier, heavier, more fragile. And it will still be a crappy keyboard compared to a full-sized real one.

Don´t use your phone as a laptop, that´s what a laptop is for.

A mobile phone should be small, making is easy to carry, hold, put in your pocket.

Put a keyboard on a tablet or make it an option, like the Microsoft Surface. Those devices can have a keyboard with a useable size.

If you really type so much on your phone get a tablet or a laptop. That´s what they´re for.

A tablet is relatively small. You can bring a keyboard or leave it at home. Without the keyboard it´s still easier to type on than on a mobile phone.

Mobile phones have bad battery live. Why waste it even more trying to do too much on it, trying to do stuff on a device that´s not suited for it, even with a keyboard? Bring a tablet and 10 hours+ usage.

Each device has its strengths and weaknesses. By trying to address its weaknesses you also weaken the strengths. A hamer and a screwdriver are both better than a hammer that can also screw. And look less silly too.

I´d prefer to strengthen the strengths of each device.

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