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 phoenix on Mon 18th Nov 2013 19:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Don´t put a keyboard on a mobile phone.

It will make it bulkier, heavier, more fragile. And it will still be a crappy keyboard compared to a full-sized real one.

A hardware keyboard is better than an onscreen keyboard for anything beyond simple text messaging. Meaning, where you need to type more than plain English words. Like at an SSH prompt.

Don´t use your phone as a laptop, that´s what a laptop is for.

Why not? Phones have processing power equivalent to netbooks, so why not use that processing power for something actually useful? I carry a computer in my pocket. Why shouldn't I use it as a computer?

A mobile phone should be small, making is easy to carry, hold, put in your pocket.

Take it you've never held a Droid, a Photon Q, or an Xperia pro. These are all very pocketable phones, very easy to hold and use one-handed (portrait), but are also useful for more than just watching youtube.

Put a keyboard on a tablet or make it an option, like the Microsoft Surface. Those devices can have a keyboard with a useable size.

All of the above include keyboards, fit in jeans pockets, and provide all the benefits of tablets like the Surface ... without requiring a separate bag to carry them in.

Mobile phones have bad battery live. Why waste it even more trying to do too much on it, trying to do stuff on a device that´s not suited for it, even with a keyboard? Bring a tablet and 10 hours+ usage.

Bring a phone and get the same. What's your point?

Each device has its strengths and weaknesses. By trying to address its weaknesses you also weaken the strengths. A hamer and a screwdriver are both better than a hammer that can also screw. And look less silly too.

Why carry a hammer and a screwdriver and all the extras reqired for them, when I can just stick a Swiss Army knife or a multi-tool in my pocket? Takes less space, does the same work, it's always with me, etc.

Just because you don't like keyboard phones doesn't mean everyone should do what you do.

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