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Is there a future for a BlackBerry device with a physical QWERTY keyboard

0. phoneArena 06 Feb 2013, 09:22 posted on

Last week RIM... um, we mean BlackBerry, introduced its long, looong-anticipated BlackBerry 10 handsets - the Z10 and Q10. The more interesting model of the two is the Z10, of course, as it is a full touchscreen handset, and we all know that full touch is all the rage right now, and will probably continue to be for the foreseeable future...

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posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:53

65. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


It wont die, just like a manual transmission, even tho most car buyers tend to go for automatic transmissions, there are still those who will always want a manual transmission, same for the physical keyboard,

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:27

21. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 992; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


I personally believe there's still a place for a physical QWERTY BB, many still enjoy using a proper physical keyboard on their phones and i often hear people moan about the lack of physical QWERTY driven phones with GS2/GS3 type specs.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:39

22. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Options are alway good for customer especially now that Blackberry is down to two devices. They have always developed a premium keyboard feel; I think that will continue to attract.
Blackberry 10 has started, hope they can roll out updates and patches to their customers desires. MORE OPTIONS ALWAYS GOOD!

on a side not: if google and apple could release a competive keyboard; would this be a relavant question?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 11:51 1

23. remyrz (Posts: 203; Member since: 28 Oct 2010)


BB users are so used to Qwerty keyboards, they prefer keeping it that wat

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 12:30

24. EspHack (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


depends what type of qwerty, the blackberry kind i hate it, small screen and small useless keyboard, but the nokia n97 or e7 kind of qwerty is awesome, there should be a qwerty slidntilt option for every great flasgship like the lumia 920 or galaxy s3

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 12:38 2

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


just why would we want to kill off QWERTY's? why? what's the point? people still want them.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 13:24 1

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No one wants to kill QWERTY's, QWERTY's dies because of natural evolution, because today majority prefers Touch Screens. And that's mean manufacturers don't feel a need to manufacture smartphones with a Physical QWERTY Keyboards, it doesn't worth from business perspective.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 13:43 3

28. cdgoin (Posts: 542; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


No many don't.. touch screens for people with small hands is great. My fingers are the size of small sausages.. and the screen needs to be a LOT larger to accommodate my fingers, or at least more accurate as to what I touch. With a portrait slider, I can type without looking at the keys or the screen.

Sooner or later a rectangle will nto work for everyone anymore and manufacturers will do something to make their phones different.

I want the HTC Trophy that was leaked before the Verizon one. It had a 4.5" case, slightly smaller touch screen with a portrait Qwerty setup underneath it.

That is what I am waiting on.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 14:07

32. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I understand, in your case typing with physical QWERTY keyboard would be more comfortable.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 19:00 1

43. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My hands, fingers are called fat by a few ppl. I dont see it...lol.

I dont think a virtual keyboard is great for ppl with small hands...I think its like you said....a physical keyboard is great for ppl with fat fingers, hands.

I think a virtual keyboard is great for ppl with normal size hands.

You said it....lol. Just not directly.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 15:54 3

34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


you just contradicted yourself pal. OEM's are killing off QWERTY's because they don't feel that it's worth it. i think a lot of people would beg to differ. QWERTY phones haven't been given much of a chance lately. i'd take a Droid 5 with a 4.5" display and i'd even step down from the Razr MAXX HD's battery longevity to have a good keyboard again.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 19:10

44. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"you just contradicted yourself pal."

No, you just contradicted yourself.

"OEM's are killing off QWERTY's because they don't feel that it's worth it."

And why they don't feel that it's worth it?
Because majority people sticked with Touch Screen Keyboards!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 22:05 2

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


um no, you actually did. you just defended your contradiction.

"No one wants to kill QWERTY's" and "OEM's are killing off QWERTY's because they don't feel that it's worth it. And why they don't feel that it's worth it?
Because majority people sticked with Touch Screen Keyboards!" are clear contradictory statements.

only because there are no real high-end QWERTY phones anymore. there has been no real attempt since the Droid 5 to preserve high-end QWERTY keyboard phones.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 03:28 1

51. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


*Droid 4

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 05:40 1

54. snowgator (Posts: 3601; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


You know I am with you, King. I am so ready for a keyboard again. I am not misreable without one, I would just be way freaking happier with one.

Motorola is the only Manufacturer keeping the dream alive. The Photon Q and Droid 4 are both decent devices. All other keyboards are entry level smartphones.

Mobil Bummer.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:22

59. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, you said it. x.x

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:34

56. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"No one wants to kill QWERTY's..."

By saying that I was responding to your comment #25 and I was talking about the simple people not about manufacturers.

"only because there are no real high-end QWERTY phones anymore. there has been no real attempt since the Droid 5 to preserve high-end QWERTY keyboard phones."

QWERTY is dying not because manufacturers doesn't manufacture high-end QWERTY phones anymore, but because majority of people prefers Touch Screens instead of QWERTY's and only then as result manufacturers are not focusing on manufacturing high-end smartphones with a QWERTY keyboards because it doesn't worth from business perspective.
In simple words, no one kills or wants to kill QWERTY, QWERTY are dying because majority of people doesn't feel a need for it and manufacturers before manufacturing something always makes analisis about people's needs.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 11:09 2

58. cdgoin (Posts: 542; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Again.. WRONG.. I can not count the number of people that want to buy my Dell Venue Pro.. but when I tell them the only place to buy it is eBay, they pass. Dell screwed up the sales and distribution so bad its not funny. at minimum they should have sold them at Best Buy after they were left at the alter by T-Mobile and AT&T.

Phones simply don't sell well in the US unless they are physically in the telcoms store.

BTW.. look at T-mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.. they all offer QWERTY phones, in candy bar and landscape slider. 33 of them according to PA.

So they apparently sale.. otherwise why have 33 varieties of them. For some reason you just want to prove yourself right.. that or have a hatred of QWERTY phones.. Either reason is stupid.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:11

69. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


What U.S. carriers has to do with what I have said about QWERTY keyboards???

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:27 1

60. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i wasn't just talking about the people originally. i was talking about anyone including OEM's that would have a hand in retiring QWERTY handsets.

how would you know that? sounds like a chicken or the egg situation to me. i'm sure there's plenty of people including me that would get a Q10 over a Z10 if they decided to get a Blackberry. even the statistic being done right here from this very article shows QWERTY devices still have a place in this world and someone needs to step up and provide a good, high-end QWERTY device.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:54

66. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


your so called perspective needs an adjustment, because your wrong!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:25

72. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Any arguments?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 13:49

29. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Depends on if a) Blackberry does like all the other manufacturers and makes some crappy entry level handset with poor specs and puts in a qwerty or b) they do like the q10 and make it a high end phone, where the only thing that's not high end about it is the screen size. If a, kill off the qwerty. If b, I say it still would serve purpose for a lot of people, so keep up.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:56

42. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The thing about that...if one really wants and cares about a physical keyboard.....it not being a high end phone isnt gonna matter.

Ppl makes cchoices that dont necessarily have to cover all the bases. I stick by Moto....and their phones are considered not having high enough specs when they are released now. Think I care? Whats most important to me has lil to do with ram or gpu or screen. Even tho I said I want Moto to make the Moto X a phone I wanna buy at retail...I will probably still buy it just because Moto has never let me down.

Some ppl chose a high end all screen phone over a lower end physical keyboard phone....and are happy.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 22:07

47. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


there's no reason for there to not be high-end keyboard phones. there's no reason for the people to not have their cake and eat it too.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 06:47

55. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That is true....

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 08:37

57. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"there's no reason for there to not be high-end keyboard phones."

Yes, there is, majority of peoples ar not interested in QWERTY's.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:28

61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


says who? certainly not the study being done from this article.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:25

71. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"says who?"

Says manufacturers!
Do you ever think why today there is more Touch Screen phones than QWERTY's ?

Do you ever think why manufacturers are not focusing on QWERTY's ?

Answer: Because they know that QWERTY won't be popular! They always makes analisis about people's needs.before starting any big project or manufacturing something!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:13

73. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


OEM's know strictly touch screen phones are more popular than QWERTY phone because of the success of devices like the iPhone and the Galaxy S series but that doesn't mean QWERTY phones are UN-popular, on the contrary there is apparently a lot of people hungry for a good one.

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