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[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 17th Nov 2013 08:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Eh, so you don't want to look at the screen when typing (meaning you don't see the screen) and complain a virtual keyboard takes up too much of the screen (you'd need to look and see more than when typing blind)?

I can understand people prefer hardware keyboards to virtual ones. But like the article has shown I also think they're just not many of you.

Yes, a virtual keyboard takes up screen estate, but what are you writing that takes so many words? The size and the weight of the physical keyboard remain even when not typing while the virtual one disappears.

A physical keyboard adds to the cost, size weight, fragility and what does it add? An extra keyboard, you'd also have the virtual one.

Most people don't type that much. If you do wouldn't something else than a phone be more convenient? A tablet with a keyboard beats a phone with a physical keyboard. You can detach it and leave it at home if not needed. Or bring it along, it doesn't take up much space.

I just think number of people && typing a lot on a mobile phone == very small number.

There are Bluetooth keyboards and probably very small ones too. They'd type better than a virtual keyboard, probably, but I've never seen anyone use one. Probably because most people can manage fine with the virtual keyboard for their small bursts of text input.

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