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Smart Phones and Physical Keyboards

by birdmantd Forum moderator / October 12, 2011 11:21 PM PDT

Just wondering how others feel on this. I think in the near future that physical keypads are going to be phased out on most (if not all) smartphones. Any thoughts ??

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Not going to happen yet
by Pepe7 / October 13, 2011 12:55 AM PDT

I have a friend in the industry who works with all sorts of handsets/technologies that tells me otherwise based on the beta models he's working with now (mostly Motorola, Samsung & HTC). His assertion is that enough folks are very comfortable with physical keyboards, esp. for texting, that it's premature to claim the market is swinging one way. Plus, it's becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce these handsets, hence the ability for phone manufacturers to produce these phones w/ different form factors and not lose money The previously more expensive smartphones are becoming more and more like commodities every day as the cost of production & design is lowered over time.

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Re: Physical Keyboards
by fondy / October 13, 2011 12:35 PM PDT

Find a lady with those long, designer fingernails and see how she feels about touchscreen keyboards. Maybe one day voice control will improve to the point that physical keyboards will finally kick the bucket but I don't foresee touchscreen keyboards alone being enough to do the trick.

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My first thought is the ADA
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 12:55 PM PDT

My next thought are the Blackberry users.
The market is there.

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I actually feel bad for the BB users this week
by Pepe7 / October 13, 2011 2:46 PM PDT

What a mess(!)

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And at the CTIA show this week.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2011 2:49 AM PDT

I found it interesting that no one mentioned it. All the players were there (carriers and such) but all was sunny and bright. That is, no one mentioned issues like RIM, HTC's gaffe, etc.

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I want a keyboard
by MuleHeadJoe / October 14, 2011 2:45 AM PDT

Not a smartphone user myself (yet) but I like to text message. I hate "soft" keyboards, do not want half or more of my screen real-estate to be consumed by the keyboard, so I strongly prefer physical keys, especially long-ways slide out keyboards. I've used other formats (e.g., Palm Treo, Blackberry) in the past, and their keys are way too small for me to manipulate easily.

Based on what I see in the market, phones with physical keyboards are still going strong, tho in the smartphone segment they are a minority behind soft-keyboards on touchscreens. There are a few smartphone (android primarily) handsets that have both a touch screen AND a slide-out keyboard. That's my personal preference for handset form factor.

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