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]: dvorak
by kwan_e on Sun 17th Nov 2013 03:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: dvorak"
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"AFAIK, there's only negligible documented effect of switching to Dvorak.

LOL? Sais who?!?
I use dvorak. And the difference is *huge*. Trust me, I used querty some years ago. Dvorak is a lot faster, feels better for fingers, and hands.

If you use just a couple of fingers, and don't type touch correctly, it will not have big effect..

as on most phones ;)

There's a reason why scientific research uses at least double blind testing.

"Trust me because I think it feels better" is not a reliable argument. You are likely to have taken more effort to learn Dvorak touch typing and/or downplayed the effect of doing something new and different and/or overestimated your skill on QWERTY and/or <many other factors>.

For me, my performance on QWERTY improved simply by buying an IBM Model M based mechanical keyboard. And I had teachers of "computing classes" that actually thought touch typing was what computers were about, so I was made to get good at touch typing on QWERTY.

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RE[4]: dvorak
by marianne on Tue 19th Nov 2013 11:30 in reply to "RE[3]: dvorak"
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Obviously anecdotal "evidence" isn't evidence at all... though I will say that personally, when I switched to Dvorak the thing I really noticed was the comfort of it. I don't think my typing speed has increased much, if at all, but I used to get really bad pain in my hands and wrists if I spent too long typing and after switching I don't get that anymore, which is why I won't switch back. Again, totally anecdotal and not empirical, maybe whatever was causing my hand pain coincidentally disappeared just as I switched, or maybe being forced to spend a few weeks typing at a lower speed as I relearnt the layout gave my hands enough of a rest to solve the issue (although years later my hands are still fine), but I do think there's good reason for studies to be done which are centred around Dvorak's possible benefits in terms of lessening or preventing RSI type issues (rather than focusing on possible typing speed improvements).

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RE[5]: dvorak
by kwan_e on Tue 19th Nov 2013 12:50 in reply to "RE[4]: dvorak"
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I don't discount your personal experience, and I would recommend people try different things. Some people find switching to mechanical keyboards better, because they don't have to thump the keys down to make sure the keypress registers, which is another way to combat RSI.

And for sure, some common key sequences are difficult to type properly that causes some people to strain to get to them which may be completely fine with a Dvorak, but that may only need a change in typing technique on a Qwerty.

For example, even though I was taught proper touch typing where you're supposed to always have your fingers on the home row (thus requiring contortions), I let my hands float all over the keyboard. In much the same way some people (like doctors) hand write with their entire lower arm rather than manoeuvring wrist.

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