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.

Thread beginning with comment 577007
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
The best solution - Portrait QWERTY!
by Moochman on Mon 18th Nov 2013 09:06 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

IMHO the best balance of form-factor to usefulness is a portrait QWERTY like the Motorola Pro(+):

http://www.slashgear.com/motorola-pro-plus-review-16195623/

I have one and love it. If only it weren't so damn slow with the increasingly bloated apps that are being released...

The thing about hardware keyboards is that even if you aren't likely to write a novel on one, you *could* if you wanted to. If I want to write a long SMS or e-mail I will do so without hesitation and without noticing the length, whereas most soft-keyboard phone users would probably limit it to one sentence because of the inconvenience. When I'm using my hardware keyboard phone, I often use it to take notes that are pages long during lectures, etc. That's something I would *very* quickly tire of if using a touchscreen phone. Sure, I could bring a tablet with me everywhere, but then I need a seat/table and plus, everyone else can see what I'm typing.

A hardware keyboard phone is simply the closest and best replacement I have found for a pocket notepad and ideal communication device. Yes all-screen phones might be better for playing games or watching videos but for me and many others that is not the primary use case.

Edited 2013-11-18 09:11 UTC

Reply Score: 2