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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sirspudd
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2010-10-13

If people truly valued physical keyboards over, say, flat icons and games.

BB10 has a nice browser, great message client and can come paired with a physical keyboard. I am very sad to see them getting entirely abandoned.

They should really license their OS to other vendors. I know it compromises security, but people want an Android alternative and BB10 has the fucking chops.

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Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

The BB10 with physical keyboard actually sell out faster than they can produce them. They are in trouble because they thought everybody would buy the touchscreen one, since that was what the majority of the market wanted. It just wasn't what people who buy Blackberrys wanted, so they have lots of unsold Z10.

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