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]: Take it or leave it
by mistersoft on Sun 17th Nov 2013 12:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Take it or leave it"
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Basically, the concept of physical keyboards on phones is a Dodo at this point.

Think that's probably true for better or worse.

Detachable keyboards or BT keyboards (that are better integrated) are prob more likely to continued to coexist, and evolve even.

Not that I'm a windows man, but if win phones had mini "touch covers" and "type covers"

I might could contemplate going for that we're it present on a next gen of the Lumia 1020.

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