RIM holding on to QWERTY keyboards

RIM holding on to QWERTY keyboards
This article has been updated.

During a technology conference in Toronto, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said that neither a touchscreen-only, nor a QWERTY-only handset is capable of fully satisfying the needs of enterprise customers and consumers. According to the CEO, many customers of touchscreen phones intend to switch to a QWERTY device, because a touchscreen alone seems to be unable to provide them with the needed convenience and tools to carry out their daily tasks. In addition, however, Lazaridis explained that it's important for smartphone manufacturers to provide the users with an adequate choice of form factors, so that's why the company is continuing to evolve the Storm and its SurePress screen technology, while holding on to producing one of the best QWERTY phones on the market.

This actually fits quite well with the rumors of a BlackBerry slider currently in the works, which will reportedly combine both a touchscreen and a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Sounds like a fair solution to us!

source: Electronista



1. thatdude1 unregistered

What an idiot.

2. tuminatr

Posts: 1179; Member since: Feb 23, 2009


9. Rhyno

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 05, 2009

I think tuminatr means exactly. So, who's the real idiot?

3. urnikkachris

Posts: 1; Member since: May 29, 2009

And that's why their company is below Android and Apple. That's his opinion not ours. But blackberry's are still fresh i had the storm but then i switched to the Droid

4. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

He is right about the tablet part and from a business persepective he is right about the qwerty keyboard instead of just touchscreen, but that's my opinion.

5. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

I think this ceo is like all the others same old same old models. RIM needs to understand alot of people are tired of the tiny screens and the tiny keyboards. me im tired of flipping open my phone to text ppl back on its tiny keypad and screen so my next phone will be the HTC EVO why the giant screen means less eye strain and the touchscreen keyboard will have huge letters on the virtual keybaord and like phones of the past i will learn to use it as well as any other. and if touch screens arent a big deal to thiis guy way make the storms and the storm with the slider keypad? guy should be in government as there 2 peoples voices are ignored. Time for a new ceo at RIM cause i for one wont be told by a ceo what phone i need i pick my phones for me

6. chris2283

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 28, 2010

Wow this dude is a dumb ass, I know people with blackberrys and everytime I see them useing it they complain and say " aw man my blackberry is freezing again" need I say more. As far as I'm concerned they are starting to produce touchscreen phones that appeal to every kind of user whether they need it for business or every day basic use they make a touch screen for everything, with keyboards with out keyboards, and I think blackberrys are losing market . My cousin just switched from her blackberry to a moto devour and did so because of me showing her my android and comparing it to her blackberry that couldn't keep up with anything my phone could do, so she decided to bounce the rim, there you have it ceo your opinion is terrible you have no clue what your talkin about I see people every day with touch screen phones and mostly android and iphones. Your an idiot.

7. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

If these statements are correct, I think he's off key, but.... As we've seen a million times, articles are written loosely based on the facts. This may have been twisted or taken out of context. I'm being lazy and I don't feel like finding his actual statement to fact check this, but as I do a lot of things I read on PA, I'm not 100% positive that's what he said or meant.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. the thing i got from the article is that dude was saying that touch screen only phones arent everyones first choice for heavy text/email use.. especially after having one. Id say that is actually pretty obvious. There are alot of people that went iphone or any other touch only phone, and cant get used to having no tactile feedback and get annoyed with miskeying all the time. The other thing he said was non touch screen phones arent a full answer anymore either. So then the answer *drumroll please* would be a touchscreen with real keyboard!! (my favorite way of doing things) To me he was just trying to slyly say that they have a storm with a real keyboard comming to answer that segment. Either im crazy, or everyone else completely missed what he was trying to say.

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