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.

Thread beginning with comment 576942
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Comment by MOS6510
by lproven on Sat 16th Nov 2013 16:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Member since:

I have a more important rule for you.

Do not assume that your preferences are everyone's preferences.

For every single point you make, my personal preference is the exact reverse. Thanks to people like you, I can no longer choose the sort of device I prefer. I really very strongly object to that, and I really very strongly object to opinionated fools who tell me what I want and what I need when they have no idea.

Edited 2013-11-16 16:32 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 5

RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 16th Nov 2013 16:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:

Do not assume my opinion, which I am free to give, has ANY influence on how phone builders build their phones.

I have given an opinion with a motivation without any insults. Your reply is you whining while also insulting me.You add nothing to this discussion. Oh, we should have physical keyboards, because *I* want that. That's a joke.

Sent from my iPhone

Reply Parent Score: 3