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: Comment by Luminair
by Soulbender on Sun 17th Nov 2013 08:39 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

I had a BB and it wasn't any easier to type on than a soft keyboard. In fact, the "real" keys are even smaller than the soft keys. The only keyboard that provides comfortably sized keys on the phone form factor are really the 12-key keypads.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 20th Nov 2013 05:40 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2007-03-30

RIM shrunk the blackberry keyboard buttons to copy treo post-2004 when they began to lose their minds in the pursuit of popular consumer fashion. the business blackberry always had big keys up until then, and that is the model to which I am referring

bottom of the page http://www.gsmarena.com/blackberry-phones-f-36-0-p2.php

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