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 MOS6510
by WereCatf on Sat 16th Nov 2013 23:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Well, I am sorry, but I happen to want a H/W keyboard on a phone. It's much more convenient than any on-screen keyboard; on-screen controls are so god damn imprecise, they require you to maintain eye-contact with the device at all times and they eat screen real-estate.

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