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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I am not going to ask you for the source, but anyone who has really used it and is really used to it, knows that the Dvorak keyboard is way way faster and easier than the omnipotent, omnipresent qwerty.

Anyway I understand it is almost a useless debate, because nobody cares about the Dvorak. You cannot find, buy or use it normally.

Fortunately there is one exception lately: virtual keyboards.

Going back to the point of the thread, imo physical keyboards are much better for tasks which imply strong use of the keyboard. And for me, that includes a lot of my everyday tasks.

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