Because they both compile to IL, VB was forced to add up all the C#/C++ constructs (eg exception handling, etc) and it lost it's "ease of use/newbie" value when it became VB.NET. Don't you remember all of the screaming that non programmers did when they switched? They couldn't follow along.
They make it very clear what the restrictions are before you pay.
I suspect the special issue here is they don't want ANY of some types of streaming, even if it low bandwidth. So they want to be able to inspect what is being sent across. You can stream audio at relatively low bandwidth, and so if they simply throttled the bandwidth that may allow people to make a phone call, which is a huge no no on most carriers.
Carl Sagan even had a chapter about it and a photo in the book Cosmos from 1980. That's where I first read about this as a boy.
This fails for people who send emails for a living, can't bring their laptop everywhere, and are not in a private location situation to use voice to text.
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.
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.
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.
LOL. No capitalization whatsoever. Did you post this from your touchscreen phone where the shift key is a PITA?
The Enact is not a world phone like Droid 4 was. If you need a slider because you send business emails, there's a decent chance you will find yourself in foreign countries.
Phones can be configured such that the email looks normal.
Again, assuming you have a job that requires you to occasionally email customers while on the go..... You already have a smartphone. Why not use it with a physical keyboard instead of carrying around a laptop?
>A couple of paragraphs is a "significant amount[s] of typing" for you?
Yes, it is enough typing that I would want a physical keyboard. It's not just one email either.
Those websites are way out of date. The Droid 4 is no longer available on Verizon and that is just one example.
Many of those kind of websites update the "change date" to attract google page rank, even when the content has not changed in years.
I put into that website "Verizon", "Available in US", "Slider" and "World Roaming".
These were the capabilities of the Droid 4.
Buy a new in box Droid 4 on eBay asap. I figure you have another year before they are hard to find.