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[2]: Hand script
by andih on Sun 17th Nov 2013 01:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Hand script"
andih
Member since:
2010-03-27

There is an advantage to writing, it's pretty much proven you can remember it better if you write it down.


When typing on a keyboard I can concentrate on what I'm actually writing about ;) Instead of concentrating on the letters.

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RE[3]: Hand script
by kwan_e on Sun 17th Nov 2013 03:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Hand script"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

And how much of it do you *remember*? That was the issue there, not how good you think.

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RE[3]: Hand script
by Lennie on Sun 17th Nov 2013 09:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Hand script"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

There is something else I noticed in the article:

"and how written communication has become less critical for the smartphone audience. If a picture tells a thousand words, how many can you convey with a Vine or a YouTube clip?"

"There became this interesting tension where people wanted to see information, but they didn't need input as much,"

Basically, the whole Post-PC era where people are more consumers instead of producers.

Basically, most people don't need a keyboard because they don't produce as much. They mostly consume.

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RE[4]: Hand script
by phoenix on Mon 18th Nov 2013 19:24 in reply to "RE[3]: Hand script"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

There is something else I noticed in the article:

"and how written communication has become less critical for the smartphone audience. If a picture tells a thousand words, how many can you convey with a Vine or a YouTube clip?"


I can't stand people who post a youtube clip with nothing more than "omg, so funny" or "you gotta watch this", or even just "". If you can't take the time to write even a simple 1 sentence summary of the video clip, I'm not going to watch it. Why should I waste 1-5 minutes of my life because you are too lazy to spend 10-15 seconds writing a summary blurb?

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