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

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

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 06 Feb 2013, 09:24 7

1. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


posted on 07 Feb 2013, 03:45 2

52. sid07desai (Posts: 290; Member since: 03 May 2012)

"It's not about the keyboard. It's about sending a message".

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:25 17

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

QWERTY is dead.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:52 5

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

I don't think it is...or it will, as long as the hardware within is top-notch.
However, i think there should be one more option for us like:
"Yes, qwerty will exist at a rate".
I didn't vote cause i'm "none of the above".

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:47 2

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

I don't have anything against people who loves physical keyboards, I just state my opinion and my opinion is that physical keyboards will die and we already can see that happening for a few years. Today physical keyboard is becoming even more and more rare case.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:41

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

its not rare, your just not looking! theres more then you think!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:08

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

I'm not blind!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 18:39 1

39. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

oh no! a lot of people still is a typer not a tapper!

especially me! i hate misspelling on virtual keyboard and its really a bothersome! while on physical QWERTY, not a problem!

but i do like the swype on symbian (or android) though and that virtual keyboard of Z10 is just amazing!

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:40

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

YOUR THINKING IS DEAD! its far from dead, you would be surprised,,,

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:34 17

3. wendygarett (unregistered)

Funny, I remember five years back android fans criticize iPhone that lack of choice and show off their qwerty phone, and now they say qwerty is dead? I smell double standard :)

back to the serious side, I love android in the beginning because of variety of choice... I prefer full touch but I love oem release qwerty :)

bb10 lack of customization, the only beauty of choice to them is the qwerty :)

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:44 4

8. wendygarett (unregistered)

Btw, wanna full touch? No physical button allowed...
wanna physical button? Make it qwerty...

no more only one physical home button to me this year :(

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:07 5

16. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Key point in what you said - "five years back". Five years ago soft keyboard solutions were still in their infancy. And five years back, phones with resistive touch screens were still common. FFwd to today, screens are capacitive, and soft keyboard solutions have become much more sophisticated. It's not a double standard - it's progress.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:44

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

Yep! more people being killed while texting,,wasnt a big problem like it is today, gee theres even a 'no texting while walking now' ill let you figure out what state thats in...people doing dumber things while texting, etc, etc, YEP! thats progress all right!

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:54 4

20. N.Reynolds (Posts: 257; Member since: 15 Feb 2011)

Well now that Android phones have grown in screen size I don't see a need for a physical keyboard. With my OG Droid I loved my keyboard but when I moved up to a larger screen I didn't mind not having it. With the lovely 3.5 inch or even the 4 inch screen on iPhones I would still want a physical keyboard but with a 4.5"+ screen the need isn't there.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 15:56 3

35. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Because SwiftKey didn't exist then :D

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 17:11 5

37. OptimusOne (Posts: 694; Member since: 22 May 2012)

Not to be offensive in any way... but

Its like you(wendy) have some sort of "multiple personality dissorder". One day, you might be perfectly rational, reasonable, and considering(ie. now), and some days, well you turn into "apple-slave-mode" (remember how 1080p screens cause eye cancer? lol )

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:35 3

4. BadAssAbe (Posts: 465; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)

Both models have way too much bezel but then again even the RAZR M has too much bottom bezel for being called "edge to edge display"

I rather have a slide out QWERTY keyboard like the droid models

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:36 6

5. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

YES ! Some of us can not stand touch screens we need buttons. And the portrait keyboard ASHA series from Nokia is VERY popular in europe/asia/africa, as are BB QWERTY phones. Just because some don't use it doesn't mean others don't want it. The DVP was an awesome design (and is better with 7.8), one that was poorly marketed, and not sold in stores, etc.. due to Dells incompetence. So sorry.. but its Not dead.. its dead to US consumers.. and the makers of the phones that want to keep the price down (QWERTYs cost more to develop). But its not dead, to say so shows how uninformed of the world market you really are.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 16:20 2

36. saiki4116 (Posts: 405; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

portrait qwerty slide out saves space as well as one hand typing and no compromise in screen real estate..A Dell Venue pro type with dual core and android is always I wanted...

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:37 3

6. Techsplash (Posts: 41; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

its nowhere near.really?why only two options

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:41 7

7. wendygarett (unregistered)

Ray S love to make a flamebait poll :)

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:58 2

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4321; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Hahaha...good one mister Wendy :D

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:44 2

9. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

The article is about as biased as they get.. I would not doubt it if he was a iPhone user that never looked at anything but the high end slab form factor phones.

I want a BB that is like the Dell Venue Pro, even better a new Windows 8 Phone.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:05 2

15. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

At some point, I will start looking at authors and just not pay any attention to what Ray S writes. I have a lot of respect with the other authors here, and they actually write fun/thought provoking articles that remind me why I come back. Ray S? Seems to hate most everything. (Find a positive Windows Phone article from him. Dare ya.)

And a portrait slider for WP, or any other OS for that matter??? Count me in. Love that form factor.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:49 2

10. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

Qwerty phones have become niche products and are going to stay that way. I didn't like the poll options because it is nether thriving or dead. Its getting by would be more accurate.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 09:57

12. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)

I think it'll have a place if BB10 is successful. I don't mind touch keyboards but I know some friends (who don't know much about tech) who say they want physical keyboards. And maybe some older business people who like physical keyboards. Still I think its a niche feature. And I hope BB10 does well. More options always good.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 13:38 1

27. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Possibly Niche, but if you go to LGs site you will see a large number of Landscape sliders. I mainly see landscapes being used by teens though.

The portrait slider, I know it seems counter intuitive, even though it has small keys. Is easier to use for those with big hands. My thumb is so big I often hit the wrong character on screen. But with a portrait slider I feel the buttons, and they quickly slide under my thumb and quickly I may add.

I find it 2x as fast and easier to use than a landscape slider, and 5x faster than on the screen keyboard.

It maybe a niche, but its a big one.. Why WP8 doesnt have one yet is beyond me.. they want the business class, and business users are used too and in some cases (like me) prefer the portrait keyboard.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:01 1

14. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

There is now, and will always be, a large enough segment of qwerty users to support physical keyboards. BlackBerry is smart to recognize this, and also recognize that the Curve/Bold/Torch (portrait sliders, of course) crowd wants this option from BB right now. It would be the height of stupidity to not offer their core users a qwerty option.

But, full touch screens are the rage. Multi-media users want larger screens, and they are the bulk of premium smartphone buyers. BlackBerry was also smart to push the Z10 over the Q10. Q10 buyers are theirs. It is the Z10 audience they need to convince.

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:43

17. raphz (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

of course there is, i like qwerty bb :)

posted on 06 Feb 2013, 10:52 1

19. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

There's still many people that prefer having a physical keyboard... It will die eventually.

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