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[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by WereCatf on Sun 17th Nov 2013 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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I'm not aware of a Dutch one either, but I just speak English. That always works better anyway.

Well, doesn't work for me. It doesn't recognize Finnish names, Finnish locations, nor can I dictate any sort of messages in Finnish. Basically I could tell it what action I want taken in English, but then I wouldn't be able to take it any further than that.

If it's just a few words I'm sure you can bear the pain of touch typing those.

It's not about being able to, it's about wanting to have to bear the inconvenience.

Yes, there's an article on that mentions a number of people claiming they'd like a phone with physical keyboard and when one was made available they didn't show up.

So, was the phone with a physical keyboard otherwise the same as one of the popular models already in market? No? Well, then you're comparing apples and oranges. Manufacturers only release mediocre phones with H/W-keyboards, so it's no wonder they don't sell. For once I'd love to see a how a high-end phone stacks against itself with and without a H/W-keyboard and not these lame apples-and-oranges comparisons.

I even would question your priorities if you feel a need to type longs texts standing around somewhere.

As it happens there are plenty of times when I just do not have a table at hand nor can I just go home.

How many words do you want to see when you type? With a simple flick I can hide the virtual keyboard and see even more text.

And what does that prove? Wow, you can jump through an extra step to see the content that should be visible even without such steps? Well, colour me wholly unimpressed.

In other words, there is more than enough text in view when typing and when you are done typing it's easy to see even more.

"enough text" is a subjective thing. I would like to be able to see the whole message, not just parts of it.

So that leaves the point that physical keyboards are easier to type on. I'd say it's not that much easier.

Aye, you're entitled to having such an opinion, but as I've been saying I find virtual keyboards infuriatingly cumbersome. Swype, Thumb Keyboard, whatever -- they all cumbersome and slow.

All this so you can have physicals keys instead of using the virtual touch keyboards many people, including teenagers, are quite able to use?

I never said I'm not able to use a virtual keyboard. I mean, sure, I can use a rock to drive a nail in the wall, but that doesn't mean that a hammer wouldn't be better for that task.

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