Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 16:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless The Verge reviews the BlackBerry Q10: "Maybe you're here for the keyboard. As superb as the Q10's physical keyboard is, I keep thinking about the six-year evolution of the soft keyboard since the introduction of the original iPhone. They've gotten so good on every platform - iOS, Windows Phone, Android, even BlackBerry's own Z10. The argument used to be that physical keyboards were for serious users who needed to burn through email, and I just don't think that holds water anymore. Yes, this is the best of a dying breed, but for the life of me, I don't know why someone who's accustomed to a full-touch phone would come back to this." I disagree. Touchscreen keyboards have not improved considerably at all - in fact, I find them just as terrible and unpleasant to use as when they were first introduced on Palm OS and Windows Mobile. A properly designed hardware keyboard - preferably landscape (like on the E7), but portrait will do too - will always run circles around those frustrating software keyboards. Major respect to BlackBerry for sticking to their guns. To anyone making a quality phone with a landscape hardware keyboard (rebadge an E7 for all I care) running Android or Windows Phone: please, take my money. Please.
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My god man
by sirspudd on Wed 1st May 2013 00:16 UTC
sirspudd
Member since:
2010-10-13

Hardware keyboards are glorious, but RIMS is not quite all a boy could want.

I hate to flog a dead horse, but the n950 had the most epicly glorious keyboard:

https://www.google.com/search?num=40&safe=off&qscrl=1&q=n950&um=1&ie...

I just wish the display had been up to spec with the n9 at the time.

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RE: My god man
by phoenix on Thu 2nd May 2013 20:59 in reply to "My god man"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Gotta disagree with you in just about every way. ;)

The closest I've seen (and used) to being the perfect mobile keyboard is the Motorola Photon Q:
http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://i-cdn.phonearena.com/imag...

Having a separate number row, with the correct symbols above the numbers, makes all the difference in the world. Same with a separate Tab key.

The one downside is the location of ' and " in the top-left instead of the middle-right of the keyboard.

If this phone had actually been released with GSM/HSPA support, I'd be using it right now. Unfortunately, it's a Sprint CDMA exclusive. ;)

Edited 2013-05-02 21:00 UTC

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