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[3]: Hand script
by woegjiub on Sat 16th Nov 2013 23:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hand script"
woegjiub
Member since:
2008-11-25

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[4]: Hand script
by phoenix on Mon 18th Nov 2013 19:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Hand script"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

The LG keyboard that came with my Optimus G includes handwriting recognition.

Don't recall exactly how to access it (believe it was a separate key like the voice recorder) as I haven't used the LG ROM in over 6 months. But, I do remember it was very accurate, even for my near-chicken-scratch that doctors would be proud of. I used it exclusively for a couple of weeks.

Now, I find it easier to use the gesture-based typing on the Google keyboard.

However, I would still give my left nut for an Optimus G with a slider keyboard! Or a Nexus with a keyboard. Hell, any phone with a keyboard, a 4-5" screen, and a Snapdragon S4Pro or newer SoC. Or, even just a snap-on keyboard for an Optimus G.

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RE[5]: Hand script
by woegjiub on Mon 18th Nov 2013 23:03 in reply to "RE[4]: Hand script"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Agreed on wanting a slider; the content is simply too obscured by the onscreen keyboard.

Unfortunately, the only phones that really get slider cases are the iPhone and the Galaxy S - both of which are really too small (IMO).

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