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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, 15:56

67. miles16852 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


the more you silent you are, the smarter you look! guess you have not figured that out by now..

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:19

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


Isn't internet made for comunication?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 13:55 2

30. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


still a future there as there is a base of people who still want their phones to have a phyiscal keyboard. Its a small number though,but its good to have an option for those who want it.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 14:02 3

31. DKMDROID (Posts: 102; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


i believe that virtual keyboards such as the android 4.2 keyboard and Swype are far superior to convetional physical qwerty keyboards ..

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:51

41. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


+1 for Swype...and other different types of virtual keyboards. But Swype is amazing. It helped convert someone I know from a BB physical keyboard person to Android and an all touch screen phone.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 00:21

50. Ameliahunter (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Swype is really great! I couldn't get used to it first, but when I finally did, I understood it was something really useful and handy :)

And even without Swype, a virtual keyboard is better for me than a physical one...

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 14:48 1

33. ibap (Posts: 711; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


There will always be a place for physical keyboards. I prefer them. The problem is that they are mechanically more complicated to manufacture, and sliders are harder to put a decent protective case on.

Any phone choice requires weighing what is available. There currently isn't an Android phone with a keyboard and a high-end camera. But the choices should be there. The manufacturers see this as a low-demand feature, so don't necessarily include it on top-end phones.

Have you ever watched someone with really long fingernails use a glass keyboard? And why do you think there are all those posts with bad spelling and grammar and no capital letters?

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:28

38. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


At work, we're considering the BYOD initiative. If we go that way... well, this will make a perfect work phone and it'll be Q10 all the way for me.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:49

40. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Once you get a decent screen and good keyboard software...I think its dying. Seeing a texting pro convert from BB to Android and not wanting a physical keyboard anymore....

I got a Droid 1 thinking a needed a physical keyboard after a bad experience with an all touch screen phone. Turns out it was the screen and software. I barely used my physical keyboard.

The thing is.....BB was #1 in market share a few years ago. People left BB for other platforms. The iPhone grew so much...Android grew so much. Both have former BB users. Majority of those iPhone and Android sales arent to physical keyboards. Most ppl have moved on from physical keyboards. Better screens and better keyboard software.

The proof of this is the iPhone and Android sales. It is what it is. Even when Android phones still had physical keyboard phones available...they werent the top sellers. I think the last top selling ones were Motorola Droid phones...maybe Samsung Galaxy phones. DId HTC make an EVO with one? Cant remember...

All touch screen phones is continuing to dominate the market. Like bigger screen phones are starting to dominate the market. It is what it is....

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 19:56

45. gazmatic (Posts: 628; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


I'm still looking for an upgrade to my n900

if I could get my hands on a n950 running Jolla sailfish my life would be more epic

my n900 does everything I could ever think of especially on the specs

only downfall is the horrible battery life

I want qwerty

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 00:19

49. Ameliahunter (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


Mm, I guess you're one of the few people who think so...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 00:18

48. Ameliahunter (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


No, no future at all, I think.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 04:57 1

53. AhmoZ (Posts: 7; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


I bet all current BlackBerry customers will only buy the Q10. The Z10 will attract new comers, but the original fans will mostly give attention to the Q10 as the beloved and familiar BB :)

I think BlackBerry is aware about that, so they gave both handsets similar pricing, and didn't consider the Q10 an inferior device or second liner. Both are flagship BB10 devices.

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