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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RE: Comment by ddc_
by Lennie on Sat 16th Nov 2013 23:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by ddc_"
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You know my Nokia 6820 works better for typing than my N900.

On Wikipedia they call the keyboard of the Nokia 6820 a fold-out QWERTY keyboard.

The top row of the N900 is to close to the main part of the phone, I keep bumping my fingers against it.

Funny fact, the N900 is broken. The Nokia 6820 about 9 years old now and is the phone I use every time the latest smartphone I have dies.

Edited 2013-11-16 23:51 UTC

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