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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Not everyone likes hardware keyboards
by AndyB on Sat 16th Nov 2013 22:59 UTC
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I may be in a minority here, but I have had 2 phones with hardware keyboards, the Sony Ericsson P910 and a Blackberry Torch, I tried the hardware keyboard on each and slowly reverted back to the touchscreen keyboard, partly because it was more convenient and mostly because I have large fingers which results in pressing a lot of wrong keys on tiny hardware keyboards build into phones.

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