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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Take it or leave it
by Morgan on Fri 15th Nov 2013 22:59 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I used to insist on a physical keyboard, going all the way back to the Treo 650. My first phone without one was an iPhone, and I detested the on screen keyboard. After that I went back and forth between three form factors: Blackberry portrait keyboards, slider or flip landscape boards, and touchscreen only phones. Nowadays I find I'm just as fast and (with good software correction) accurate with a touchscreen.

As for my wife, well...you can pry her landscape slider from her cold dead hands. I don't look forward to the day when her phone finally dies and we have to hunt the ends of the earth for a decent qwerty smartphone.

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RE: Take it or leave it
by Kochise on Sat 16th Nov 2013 07:46 in reply to "Take it or leave it"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

You can buy her already a spare replacement phone, in case of...

Otherwise, buddies :

http://dx.com/c/cell-phone-599/keyboards-514
http://www.usr.com/products/tablet/tablet-product.asp?sku=USR5502

I have such a keyboard, it's 4" wide and fits exactly my phone form factor (HTC Evo 3D) so I can keep it in the same housing.

Kochise

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RE[2]: Take it or leave it
by Morgan on Sat 16th Nov 2013 12:59 in reply to "RE: Take it or leave it"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

You can buy her already a spare replacement phone, in case of...



The only problem with that is, she is using a Kyocera Rise on Sprint. While the phone was basically free on contract ($50 with a $50 rebate that we actually got), a replacement off-contract is over $300...for a low end device! Virgin Mobile carries a prepaid version of the same phone for under $100, but I've already asked about converting it to Sprint and both companies say "no way".

I may be able to find a used Motorola Photon slider cheaply enough to make it worth it. Or we may move her to a GSM carrier once her contract is up, and once again search high and low for a reasonably modern slider.

Basically, the concept of physical keyboards on phones is a Dodo at this point.

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RE: Take it or leave it
by FreeGamer on Sat 16th Nov 2013 14:32 in reply to "Take it or leave it"
FreeGamer Member since:
2007-04-13

You don't have to hunt.

http://neo900.org/

Why not donate to make sure it gets made?

"Your donation will also serve as a rebate for a finished device."

Edited 2013-11-16 14:35 UTC

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RE[2]: Take it or leave it
by Morgan on Sat 16th Nov 2013 14:50 in reply to "RE: Take it or leave it"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I have an N900, and she likes the form factor but not the interface. It will need to be Android or Windows Phone. I do still have my HTC Arrive but it's pretty beat up, as I used it for nearly two years. It will serve as an emergency backup until we can find something better.

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