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: Hacker's Keyboard
by Lennie on Sun 17th Nov 2013 09:55 UTC in reply to "Hacker's Keyboard"
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So how much screenspace do you have left ?

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RE[2]: Hacker's Keyboard
by tidux on Mon 18th Nov 2013 02:48 in reply to "RE: Hacker's Keyboard"
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About 50%. You can set it in the input methods settings menu.

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