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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Comment by mutantsushi
by mutantsushi on Sat 16th Nov 2013 06:46 UTC
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I agree with the premise...
Point being, that it needs to be good...
Aiming to make the best slider keyboard ever would be a good place to start.
A large side-benefit of slider keyboard is saving the screen real estate (instead of onscreen keyboard),
even if just to see all the text you are typing that is really nice.
Dealing with an onscreen keyboard is like looking thru a narrow tube,
the newer big resolutions are nice but we (I) still need a decent sized space to take in information
enough so that I feel I am 'supplely' (?) interacting with the application/etc.

The increased space needed for the keyboard is not a big deal IMHO,
everything else is getting smaller/thinner so that 'saved' space can go to the keyboard,
and the increased volume should also be able to fit in some extra battery space or subwoofer speaker ;-).

Small and thin was once worshipped as the be all end all, but big screens seemed to prove that wrong.
Keyboards themselves free up screen space = functinally bigger screen ('net is still very text based)
not to mention the perceived value of the keyboard itself being worthy of the volume for the other reasons people like sliders.

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