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 ddc_
by Morgan on Sun 17th Nov 2013 16:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ddc_"
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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.

I had a 6800 series phone back in the day, within about six months the hinges had broken and rendered it useless. In fact, it's what drove me to finally spend the money on a Treo 650, my first smartphone. I'm glad yours has held up over time!

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