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[5]: dvorak
by kwan_e on Tue 19th Nov 2013 12:50 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: dvorak"
kwan_e
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I don't discount your personal experience, and I would recommend people try different things. Some people find switching to mechanical keyboards better, because they don't have to thump the keys down to make sure the keypress registers, which is another way to combat RSI.

And for sure, some common key sequences are difficult to type properly that causes some people to strain to get to them which may be completely fine with a Dvorak, but that may only need a change in typing technique on a Qwerty.

For example, even though I was taught proper touch typing where you're supposed to always have your fingers on the home row (thus requiring contortions), I let my hands float all over the keyboard. In much the same way some people (like doctors) hand write with their entire lower arm rather than manoeuvring wrist.

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