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[9]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Wed 20th Nov 2013 18:11 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by MOS6510"
zima
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What if they get stuck with a number of Chinese phones, but they are out of stock in Finland? They can't even ship them there as most Fins don't want a phone with a Chinese keyboard.

AFAIK qwerty is standard in China (with a software input method). Plus I'd think other things (manual, box) would be different as well in purely touchscreen phone...

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