Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Sep 2015 22:51 UTC
Android

It's no secret that BlackBerry is developing its own Android-powered smartphone. Thanks to numerous renders, images and leaked specifications, we already have a pretty good idea as to what the phone might look like. In case you needed more proof, we've just obtained some new hands-on photos of the unannounced BlackBerry Venice, showing off the device's chassis, sliding keyboard and some software features.

I still can't believe it looks like we're finally going to get the keyboard slider that we deserve. I'm almost too afraid posting about it will jinx it.

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RE[3]: Comment by ddc_
by Naomi on Thu 17th Sep 2015 21:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ddc_"
Naomi
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2013-05-27

The problem with landscape sliders is that you actually end up having to use the device in landscape mode. Portrait is so much better for viewing/editing documents.

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RE[4]: Comment by ddc_
by phoenix on Fri 18th Sep 2015 22:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ddc_"
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2005-07-11

The problem with landscape sliders is that you actually end up having to use the device in landscape mode. Portrait is so much better for viewing/editing documents.


Maybe if you are zoomed right out and want to see the whole page with itty-bitty characters. However, if you want to see an entire line of text all at once, at a decent size, landscape works better.

In portrait mode, I can either have 40 columns of normal-sized text in a terminal, or 80 columns of text I can't read (on an LG G2 @ 1080x1920). Sure, there's 50+ lines onscreen, but it's either half-lines, or tiny print.

In landscape mode, I can get a full 80-column terminal with a readable font size. Sure, it's only 10-15 lines, but they're full-sized lines, at a readable font size.

Portrait is better for reading. Landscape is better for editing.

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RE[5]: Comment by ddc_
by teco.sb on Fri 18th Sep 2015 23:55 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by ddc_"
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2014-05-08

But who had that use case? A phone is not a productivity device. It's for quick tasks. Most people aren't going to be ssh'ing into their server with a phone (I know how painful that can be). The keyboard is for text and e-mail, both of which work perfectly well with dynamic word wrapping.

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