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: Hand script
by shotsman on Sat 16th Nov 2013 08:40 UTC in reply to "Hand script"
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In the words of the famous US Tennis player, 'You can't be Serious'.

People are forgetting how to write. When they do it is often a scrawl that no one can read even them.

Please try harder!

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RE[2]: Hand script
by moondevil on Sat 16th Nov 2013 10:50 in reply to "RE: Hand script"
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RE[3]: Hand script
by MOS6510 on Sat 16th Nov 2013 18:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Hand script"
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It's scientifically proven that naked people are taken much less serious than clothed ones. Perhaps the same is true for people looking like cartoon characters. ;-)

People that look like 8 bit game characters from the 80's are always taken serious, I'm sure.

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RE[3]: Hand script
by woegjiub on Sat 16th Nov 2013 23:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Hand script"
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The handwriting recognition on the note 3 blows my mind.

I just wish there was a FOSS alternative; if I flash the thing with cyanogenmod, it's goodbye to that feature.

Seems like it'll take quite some time, just like a FOSS alternative to Siri or Google Now - awhile away, if it ever comes.

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RE[2]: Hand script
by Soulbender on Sun 17th Nov 2013 08:47 in reply to "RE: Hand script"
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When they do it is often a scrawl that no one can read even them.

So you're saying we're all turning into medical doctors?

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