Mr. Blurrycam takes a shot at BlackBerry 10 N-series keyboard

Mr. Blurrycam takes a shot at BlackBerry 10 N-series keyboard
BlackBerry purists have been waiting (im)patiently for anything that proves the physical existence of a QWERTY keyboard device. There were some leaked marketing renderings of what the device should look like, but real is real, and so here we have a perfectly blurry “real” image of the keyboard that is to be on the physical QWERTY BlackBerry 10 device.

Aficionados will notice immediately that the “frets” which separate the keyboard rows are straight, as are the keyboard rows. While we saw this from renderings, it is still a significant departure from gold-standard keyboard found on the Bold 99xx series. Since we do not know the dimensions involved, we are not able to guess if this will impact the small ergonomic value that the curved QWERTY keyboard possessed.

Despite the blurry quality, it is easy to see that form factor aside, the layout of the keyboard is exactly the same as previous BlackBerry keyboards. That is a good thing, a very good thing. Now, for you BlackBerry fans who have only two months to wait for the formal unveiling of BlackBerry 10, what are your thoughts?

source: CrackBerry.com

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22 Comments

1. metalpoet unregistered

why dont we put some space in between those buttons and maybe people would actually buy a BB, that was the only thing that ever stopped me from taking the plunge to BB. other than that im sure itll be a good product.

2. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

because they're big enough to hit the right key and not mess up

10. romeo1

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

for me they are to small I always have to correct the input also the reason to never own a bb. Used the ones of my brother a couple of times the bold 9700 if im correct and his new one is the torch with only touch screen the second one if im correct but that one is even worse. He has the same problem with the torch but has it because of the bbm

14. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I'm not a fan of BlackBerry keyboards either. I have difficulty as the keys are too close together. I much prefer landscape slider keyboards like the HTC Desire Z where there is space between the keys.

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Because it doesn't need spaces... BB has always had the best portrait physical keyboards.

5. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

if by that statement you mean that they have had the only physical portrait keyboard that can be labeled QWERTY... then sure... they have the "best" s**tty portrait physical keyboard out of the entire lot of s**tty portrait physical keyboard smartphones... semantics... but ill agree, spacing, or larger keys (either one would make it better if you asked me, seeing as my mom used to own a BB8330 and tried one of the 9k series, they both sucked :/) are unneeded... Best in the TRASH is still best in TRASH, er I mean the Best of the Trash is still Trash... er lets go with the Best of the worst... no wait, thats still Trash... *My comments are on the device's hardware itself, BB5 and up have had significant improvements in a hand-over-fist fashion, but using subpar hardware for you phones still... well read the above trash statement...

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No, there have been a few QWERTY physical portrait keyboards on the market other than BB, I've used some, and BB always is the best. Though I don't necessarily like physical keyboard much anymore since picking up Swiftkey, I never misspell a word on a Blackberry. The original Droid series has the best physical landscape QWERTY, Blackberry has the best portrait.

7. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Congrats! you failed to read my comment! Or more accuratly, you read the first lines, then skipped the rest... either way... #FAIL! ION: The Droid 4 was one of the best devices with a physical keyboard IMO after my old Touch Pro 2, now the Photon Q is my new KOTR when it comes to physical keyboard phones... landscape or otherwise

9. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Excuse me, but it seems as though PA messed up on that one. When I read your comment, all that was shown was this; "if by that statement you mean that they have had the only physical portrait keyboard that can be labeled QWERTY... then sure... they have the "best" s**tty portrait physical keyboard out of the entire lot of s**tty portrait physical keyboard smartphones... semantics..." That's all. And I replied to that comment. Now, the rest of the comment just suddenly appeared as I came back to this page. Blackberry as a whole might be trash, but the keyboards are not, that is what my comment was saying.

16. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i agree... BlackBerry keyboard are superb... next thing is actually nokia.. i tried samsung and LG's and they suck!!! i started using android and iPod, and i am are real mess on its virtual QWERTY (specially android) i misspelled texts all the time! and i dont know why no auto correction even offline... :(

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It takes a bit for a virtual keyboard to read your texting habits in order to make accurate text prediction/correction. Maybe a week or so in order to fully learn your texting patterns. On Android though, try downloading other keyboards from the Play store. Swiftkey is one of (if not, the) best you can get, VERY good word prediction and it learns very quickly, maybe 2 or 3 days and I was typing faster than ever and I didn't get a single word wrong. Also, set up your tactile feedback. It might not seem like much, but it actually helps a lot in typing more accurately.

21. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i tried it! but i want the paid one..but cant afford it! :( not that i cant but i dont have any credit or paypal to pay for it!

22. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They have Google Play cards you can buy at the store, kinda like iTunes cards, you just get them and enter the code on them into your phone. Though I'm not sure if they're available in every country

3. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i like it.... but i still dont like the aspect ratio of 1:1 on this N-series... its just to square-ish!

8. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

N-Series ???? Seriously ? A-Z letters, and you chose N !!!. Nokia still a live.

11. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

I don't understand the complains to the portrait keyboards that you can not hit the right button??? So the flat glass surface provides better option to distinguish the keys? Better feedback?(disclosure I am complete fanatic for them) The worst part is that they have removed the control buttons. Portrait keyboards are good but I want the answer/reject call buttons plus other hardware buttons. Hate the touchscreens :)

12. XYZ360

Posts: 53; Member since: Jan 01, 2012

what is the aspect ratio of the screen?? 1x1?

13. akbar

Posts: 62; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

Yes. In previous articles it was mentioned that it will be 720x720

17. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yes... a box!! i hope it should be at least 4:3 but it might be huge!

15. GeekMovement unregistered

If that's what the blackberry 10 physical keyboard device looks like, I'm totally getting it!

19. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The 9900 is a class of its own.. This probably beat it.. Am def getting it.. I just love qwerty keypads.

20. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I will admit it, I'm a WP fanbay. But when my last Dell Venue Pro dies.. I maybe looking at BB10 since I have yet to see a QWERTY WindowsPhone and I will not get a brick.. can't do it.

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