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.

Permalink for comment 577029
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Hacker's Keyboard
by phoenix on Mon 18th Nov 2013 19:52 UTC in reply to "Hacker's Keyboard"
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

VX Connectbot + Sony Xperia Pro.

You have access to every single key on a normal keyboard. Including CTRL, Alt, Tab, Esc, the numbers, all the symbols, all the punctuation, etc. Never more than two keypresses. And it's a lot faster to "press alt, press key" than to "long-press onscreen key" to get to the non-alphabetic keys.

On a phone with a 3.5" screen. You don't lose any of it to an onscreen keyboard.

Reply Parent Score: 2