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Comment: Re:Physical keyboards make no sense anymore (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569835) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Except ....your last sentence doesn't apply to the historical users of slide phones: People who send emails for a living. They may need that keyboard at night. Lets call them power users. The rise of the everyman using these phones means that the phone makers can ignore the power users and still make money.

I also do not agree with your reasons for why they are not produced - your suggestions have been refuted elsewhere in the comments - For examples, the keyboards have been very reliable and rarely fail.

Comment: Re:Of course people prefer them, but... (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569797) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Younger people also do not use email for a living. They send short and sweet social messages by text or facebook.

The number of people who send email for a living is still the same, but the number of people who use the phone as a glorified web browser only has grown exponentially to the point that power users can now be ignored and a big profit still can be made.

Comment: Re:Is it worth the tradeoff? (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569695) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Do you need to send emails for work? I suspect that this lack of understanding of why people like physical keyboards is that email is out of favor for social/casual users of the internet. They do phone activities by text or facebook. Short and sweet social messages.

Once you have to send work emails in situations where you do not have your laptop you would probably change your tune.

To answer your question - thicker and heavier (and even cooler) take a far backseat to the physical keyboard for people who send emails for a living.

Comment: Re:My own experience (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47552415) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Never had a problem with the keyboards with any of the droid sliders I have owned (currently have a Droid 4).

A big issue, which you dismiss, is that you lose half of the screen real estate to the keyboard, which can be a big pain.

Finally, the pain of entering non-standard text (or even capitalization) seems to have led to very poorly written posts on various message boards (no capitalization, or lack of symbols used)

Comment: Re:Sorry to tell you... (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47552295) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

>Honestly if you're using the phone for significant amounts of typing anyway you're doing it wrong.

Care to explain in more detail why you think that? Only a phone has the form factor to fit in my pants pocket. Sometimes when I only have my phone with me, I need to compose a several paragraph email for work.

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