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RIM was right - people want their physical QWERTY phones

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:44

It turns out that the physical QWERTY is not dead. Quite the contrary - people seem to demand such handsets, judging by the answers in the poll that we ran last week...

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posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:47 6

1. mohammed2222 (Posts: 31; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:16 2

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

QWERTY is dying because majority of people doesn't feel a need for it and manufacturers before manufacturing something always makes analisis about people's needs and when manufacturers see that it won't be popular, then they just don't focusing on manufacturing high-end smartphones with a QWERTY keyboards because it doesn't worth from business perspective.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 09:59 4

15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

did you not read the article?

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:45

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

Yes, I did so what?

Votes are collected only in phonearena.com and voted only 1214 user, it is ain't indicator.
I have read almost all comments after voting and my impression is that majority misunderstood for what they voted.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 21:31

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

you do realize the industry does not care about your worthless opinion,, now go bury your head in the sand!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:53

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

For example you, you talk like you are lover of QWERTY keyboards, but when I click on your profile, between "Want it" and "Have it" I don't see nor one device with a physical QWERTY keyboard, the same with "Had it", much more than a half devices don't have physical QWERTY keyboard.
And such people like you shouts "We love QWERTY, QWERTY is awesome, QWERTY is not dieing, blah blah blah..."

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 17:23

46. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

xD that doesn't mean i don't prefer devices with QWERTY keyboards. there just haven't been any good ones as of late. the Droid 3 is my second favorite phone of all time.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 11:04 2

31. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

I'm starting to wonder if the editor who posted the poll actually read the poll itself. The question is "is there a future for a Blackberry device with a physical QWERTY keyboard," and the answers are vague, polarizing, and vernacular to the point that they barely answer the question asked. If I were to answer the question honestly, I'd say yes, there is a future for BLACKBERRY devices with physical QWERTYs, so I would have no choice to choose the... cleverly... worded... "QWERTY all the way! (roflroflrofl I'm a 12 yr old boii!!!)" answer as opposed to the "QWERTY is dead (I'm an emo 12 yr old boii)" answer.

What I wouldn't mean by my answer, RAY, is that a "physical QWERTY keyboard is an absolute plus." Rather, I would mean that it has its benefits on Blackberry devices alone, considering their history of great keyboards, and I wouldn't even mean it is an ABSOLUTE plus in this instance, because there are ALWAYS trade-offs.

In short, this poll is useless and confusing enough to make me believe it was meant to troll people like me who will post a three-paragraph response (incl. conclusion) in critique of it.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 17:33

47. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

it really all comes down to whether phones have evolved enough to transcend the need for QWERTY keyboards. Blackberry is just the most iconic example and being that they're at a crossroads now it's interesting to see that their stance of offering physical QWERTY keyboards are still strong despite the mainstream being overrun with mostly touchscreen-only devices which i think is admirable and smart because tbh if i were to get either one of the new Blackberry devices it would be the Q10 because it's different yet practical and very capable, a real breath of fresh air. RIM wasn't the only one to offer good QWERTY devices either, Motorola had a good thing going with the Droid 3, 4 & the Photon Q. if there were a Droid 5 i'd have it. i even just helped a friend get a Droid 3 because she wanted a phone with a good physical QWERTY. she should have it by tomorrow.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:12

19. isprobi (Posts: 699; Member since: 30 May 2011)

So where is your survey that proves the one sighted in this article is wrong?

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:58 1

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

What survey???

To see that QWERTY is dieing you don't need any surveys, just look at flagship smartphones released in the past few yers from various manufactures, how much QWERTY's do you see???

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 21:30

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

you need a shrink!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:15 1

20. donfem (Posts: 693; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

What is your definition of "majority"? Probably includes you, your friends and family?

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:34

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

First of all, I see more people around me than only my friends and family.
Secon, look at other statistics, statistics of most selling smartphones and other similar statistics, how much snartphones with a QWERTY keyboards you see there???

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:17 1

52. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)

Your repetitive bashing of QWERTY-based devices annoy me. Even a lot of my bosses don't like the fact that most high-end devices that are popular right now don't include physical QWERTY keyboards.

And what "business-perspective" are you talking about when QWERTY-based phones are the most business-oriented phones around? The reason why most people (especially executives) want QWERTY phones is because, they receive loads of emails and text messages from their co-workers and colleagues, and they need to reply to them even while they are on the go. Like it or not, but the speed and accuracy of typing on a hardware keyboard is still miles ahead than on-screen keyboards.

I'm sorry, but it doesn't mean that just because you don't need QWERTY-based devices does not mean everyone else don't need them.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 21:29

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

truth is, YOUR DYING!

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:06 1

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

I really don't understand why 2/3 of you are into those physical keyboards. Do all of you just have old boring ass qwerty thickphones? Have you only had these qwerty phones and nothing else?

Basically it goes like this. When you first have a qwerty phone, you think its the s**t for texting and want to hold onto it. But once you finally give in to a full touch phone; NOBODY EVER GOES BACK TO QWERTY.

I've convinced 6 of my friends to go to full touch. They hated it the first week and by the end of the 2nd week they thank me for converting them.

Qwerty phone - thicker, uglier, smaller screen sometimes, usually need to use 2 hands to type.

Full touch - usually thin, great looking, full screen, need only one hand to type.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:18

22. isprobi (Posts: 699; Member since: 30 May 2011)

I have a Galaxy Note ant the typing experience is pretty good on that large 5.3 inch screen. And the Swiftkey prediction is very good. But I still find myself touching the wrong key quite often and just accidentally touching something on the screen I did not intend to touch. If I could get a 4.5 inch or larger touchscreen with slide out QWERTY that would be awesome. The decision to buy a Q10 with a screen just over 3 inches is a bit harder. But given the metal phrame and premium quality back door it looks inticing.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:13 1

37. cdgoin (Posts: 571; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Apparently you and your friends have small to average hand size.. since "Thick" phones are an issue..

As for small screens and uglier.. WRONG..


Yes thicker, and a bit heavier.. But great battery life, physical keyboard when you need it, and a 4.1" screen with gorilla glass.

Personally I feel its only a little thicker, and heavier.. but easy to hold. With average to large hands. I have tried using a 8x, and Nokia 810 and even with the great WindowsPhone virtual keyboard I have far to many typos due to my finger size. So I went and bought a new Dell Venue Pro to replace the 8x I got. I simply have to have a QWERTY and I know a lot of others. Especailly if you type long emails or use the phone for emails.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 13:44

41. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Thick phones matter mostly to someone trying to shove their phone into a pocket in tight pants. If you're carryinig it in a purse or bag, it is much less of an issue.

There's a reason all those iPhones end up dropping into toilets, and it isn't just because the owners are so uncouth that they've got to grab the phone while it is ringing while they're in the loo.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:54 4

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I type 5x faster on a on screen keyboard than I do on a physical keyboard so I can live without one. Many people I know, prefer the keyboard, especially on the G2 and HTC MyTouch Slide.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 07:58 2

3. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

Got my hands one a friend's T-Mobile G1 today and I gotta say I love the physical keyboard. I wouldn't mind a new thin high end smartphone with a slide out keyboard.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:00 3

4. ibap (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Not dead. And it depends on how much typing you do. A ton of SMS with content of "yep", "ok", "nope", or "roflmao" doesn't add up to several long, work-related, emails. Note the first comment above from mohammed2222. No capitalization, and I'm surprised there is a period. Oh wait, the period only takes one tap, while capitalizing a letter takes two.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:38

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

Yes, auto correct will make long bouts of typing much easier.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 12:14 1

38. cdgoin (Posts: 571; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)

Yea.. it works.. "awesome"


posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:05

6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Depends on age group.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:30 2

10. FireDragon (Posts: 117; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)

More like depends on requirements.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 08:06 5

7. gd761 (Posts: 152; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


I WANT on My Next Windows Phone to be Just like the HTC ARRIVE from Sprint, but with one thing different, a LARGER Screen. Either a 5 or 5.5" Screen.

The Keyboard on the Front of the phone makes the Screen too small to really Enjoy it for what it could be.

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 09:15

12. Lboogey6 (Posts: 281; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)

is typing on a screen that much more difficult?

posted on 11 Feb 2013, 10:00 1

16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

it's not difficult but typing on a keyboard is much better.

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