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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Youd be better off with a tablet IMHO

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M.Onty Member since:

Or an Open Pandora.

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Antartica_ Member since:

Good suggestion.

Already have a pandora. And it is a beautiful little machine, with real linux et al.

I don't mind carrying the pandora if going out for a week-end, but I don't use it so much as to bring it with me every time I'm not in the office/at home. Certainly not if only going out for a walk or to dinner.

But I'm certain to have the phone with me, so to fix those "emergencies" it is ideal.

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