Authors claim they've written huge novels on BlackBerries with hardware keyboards

Authors claim they've written huge novels on BlackBerries with hardware keyboards
In the past few years, hardware buttons on smartphones have become a rarely used feature, with manufacturers going for virtual keyboards in order to provide more screen real estate for the more media-oriented users. However, BlackBerry has been ever so persistant with not ditching its hardware keyboards, keeping them on most of their devices, and even adding innovative features in the latest BlackBerry Passport.

So how comfortable is the BlackBerry keyboard? Well, for South African businessman Brett Restall, it is comfortable enough to write a fantasy novel with.

Back in 2003, Mr. Restall had a great idea about a fantasy trilogy, though juggling a couple of small businesses left him no time to sit down in front of a PC to jot down his ideas. So he did it on his trusty BlackBerry 8520. When the first novel was in somewhat of a complete shape, he sent 50 pages off to a webiste that connects authors and publishers, and it just so happened that he struck a publishing deal. Needless to say, Mr Restall is now loyal to BB, currently rocking a Q10.

A Mr. George "Geordie" Greig, author and the Mail of Sunday editor, released a book about painter Lucian Freud. The biography contains 80,000 words and Mr. Greig claims to have written all of them on his BlackBerry smartphone, due to a crazy work schedule that barely allowed him any free time in front of a computer or typewriter. Of course, editing was done on a computer after that.

Another author – Douglas Shuler from South Carolina – wrote three books on his BlackBerry Curve, among them a 160 page historical fiction.

So, apparently BlackBerry is not wrong with sticking to its iconic keyboard. Do you rock one? If not – are you at all interested in the hardware keyboard?

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13 Comments

1. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Wow !! They really have some best keyboards out there !!

2. bendgate unregistered

Shouldn't it be, "Authors claim they've written huge novels 'with' BlackBerry's hardware keyboards"

3. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Interesting. Bb should bring out another Playbook pro version last I checked they did a pretty decent touch kb as well. Also pen input could really ante it up for these writer types.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Just like Nokia... had BB switched to Android when it was time, they could have been one of the major players now. The hardware keyboard and the unique design of their phones would have allowed them to stand out from the crowd easily.

12. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Android doesn't have the security BB 10.3 has built in which is a major selling point amongst enterprise which is where a good amount of their business comes from

5. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Actually physical keyboard is very neat for those who use their phone to do typing work.

6. eggimage

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

PA, when are you going to finally release a mobile version of your website. The last time I checked, the website is called "PHONE arena". Is it the reason why you favor the desktop browsing experience more?

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

xD there is a mobile version... But it sucks though the desktop version is much more convenient to use even on mobile. They should release a good app.

8. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

If they do ... please make one for WP too -_-

9. boblight

Posts: 84; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

A HTML5 one would be great.

10. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Scroll down to the bottom - right to the very bottom of this site

11. dbdrummer88

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"In the past few years, hardware buttons on smartphones have become a rarely used feature, with manufacturers going for virtual keyboards in order to provide more screen real estate for the more media-oriented users." -PA, you do realize that the virtual keyboards use up screen space therefore take away from screen real-estate right? Unless you were talking about candy bar style phones, clam and slide phones allow for the same size screen with all of it available when you type. That's why people like physical keyboards, they do not take any screen space up.

13. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

I still use a PKB as I own a BlackBerry Q10 and use it as my daily driver along with my BlackBerry Z30. I am a PKB enthusiast, or PKB warrior. I certainly do believe that the authors featured in this article have indeed written novels and such on their BlackBerry devices sporting PKB's. I type much faster and more accurately on my Q10 than any VKB device I've ever used, including my Z30. This is one of the reasons why BlackBerry was right to stick with and focus on their PKB's.

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