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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Gotta laugh at these articles
by leos on Sat 16th Nov 2013 19:48 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Whenever an article comes out that claims there is a massive market but all the big phone companies are ignoring it you know it's bullshit.

if there was a massive market for flagship phones with keyboards then those phones would exist. Fact is there is no such massive market, therefore there are only niche phones with keyboards.

The assertion that every phone company in the world is missing this massive market is ridiculous.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

As the article mentioned a number of people said they'd buy a phone with keyboard, but when it was released they didn't.

So you are right that there isn't a market and they did give it a go so we've got proof too.

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bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

It's also, people will buy a non-crap smartphone with a keyboard.

THAT hasn't been done in a while.

If Apple sold an iPhone 6K, they'd get a ton of people swinging off their nuts. Or Google selling a Nexus 5K.

Edited 2013-11-17 13:21 UTC

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steampoweredlawn Member since:
2006-09-27

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

-Henry Ford

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