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[3]: dvorak
by kwan_e on Sun 17th Nov 2013 03:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dvorak"
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"AFAIK, there's only negligible documented effect of switching to Dvorak.

LOL? Sais who?!?
I use dvorak. And the difference is *huge*. Trust me, I used querty some years ago. Dvorak is a lot faster, feels better for fingers, and hands.

If you use just a couple of fingers, and don't type touch correctly, it will not have big effect..

as on most phones ;)

There's a reason why scientific research uses at least double blind testing.

"Trust me because I think it feels better" is not a reliable argument. You are likely to have taken more effort to learn Dvorak touch typing and/or downplayed the effect of doing something new and different and/or overestimated your skill on QWERTY and/or <many other factors>.

For me, my performance on QWERTY improved simply by buying an IBM Model M based mechanical keyboard. And I had teachers of "computing classes" that actually thought touch typing was what computers were about, so I was made to get good at touch typing on QWERTY.

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