05-14-2012, 01:11 PM #1
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I'm a proud and satisfied Quantum owner, but looking to the future I'm concerned because I haven't seen or heard any info about any upcoming models that may have slide-out keyboards (or any keyboards for that matter).
Have I missed any news or confirmation as to if there will (or won't) be any keyboard phones in the future or is it still up in the air?
- 05-14-2012, 02:22 PM #3
Sliders are still being made for other platforms so I am hopeful. I imagine you'll be holding on to that Quantum until at least September, but who knows? I was surprised to see a new WP7.5 handset coming out on May 20. I had assumed that we wouldn't see any new devices at all until September, so that just goes to show you that we can't always predict the future!
- 05-15-2012, 09:57 AM #4
I haven't heard of any, they are becoming less and less popular. That said, I would be surprised if we did not see more Windows Phones with keyboards in the future. It's a form factor that people still want, especially business users, and it would be the perfect way to attract BlackBerry refugees.
- 05-15-2012, 12:58 PM #6
The only thing I've seen is this rumor from MS_Nerd
And another neat #rumor: Nokia is apparently making landscape-QWERTY slider with 4 inch WVGA screen for Sprint as well, also on the MSM8960.
I too am semi-impatiently waiting for an announcement of a slider device, but the Quantum is still kicking and doing everything I want it to.
- 05-17-2012, 08:43 PM #8
fellow webos convert over here and I hunted for a dvp for quite a while. Tried a few WP, am using a Nokia 900 now, god how I miss tactile response. Sure I can text a SMS faster (maybe) then on my webos devices, but I can't comfortablely compose email after email like I used to, I used my webos devices so much more than my wp7. i still switch my sim to my veer regularly, just easier to get stuff done, buy I will say my PC has been used daily since I go into WP, made me really appreciate having a PC. Touchpad gets used way more on the go when im rocking the 900 though.
I would kill for a dvp/ pre3 style/ sized device for wp8. I would be 1st in line and go to whatever carrier I need to.
- 05-18-2012, 07:57 PM #10
I just hope my provider keeps getting slider phones in WP. If not, it may be one more reason to switch over to Droid. I have large hands and the dainty keys on even the larger screens in landscape don't really bode well with me. I can almost, nearly, barley use it on my Arrive but I can do things with the slide out keyboard that the onscreen keyboard just can't do as easily. Maybe it's because I'm 41 and grew up still using the old manual typewriters
With my old PDA's, I had a stylus I could use to enter the keyboard or write with. Now that nearly everything is touch, I can't use it as well.
- 05-18-2012, 08:11 PM #11
05-19-2012, 08:35 AM #12
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Rumors are Nokia is producing a slider for Sprint. All indications point to a midrange, subpar HTC Arriveish clone device. This is disappointing to me as a Sprint customer. I want AMOLED, not WVGA. Hopefully it will have an 8-12mp camera, but even that maybe wishful thinking.
WP8 rumors: 12 MP Nokia PureView for Verizon, QWERTY slider for Sprint, Lenovo and Asus phones too » Unwired View
- 05-20-2012, 10:47 AM #13
I too am a Sprint user, have been for many, many years. Started as a Nextel and got moved over a few years ago. Like FC_98, I used my fathers Underwood "portable" typewriter to type reports on until I was about 12. That all metal "portable" had to weigh at least 10 lbs and came with a heavy wood case to carry it with. I didn't get to use a Selectric until I took a typing class in 9th grade but was using my C=64 when I was 12ish.
For me, it's big hands. I wear an XL glove and a size 9 surgical glove. Typical size is 7-71/2 for most people. I can easily palm a Basketball without trouble. My fingers/thumbs were not designed for the newer tech and even with auto-correct, the on screen keyboard is a cluster to use for me. When I was using my iPAQS and Axims, I really got good at writing with the stylus and bought many Stylus combo pens over the years.
Unfortunately for me, I need the keyboard.
- 05-28-2012, 12:17 AM #14
Samsung, Nokia, this post is pointed tawreds you two mainly, so when Apollo come out please have some side slider keyboard phones for all of us, not just one lucky phone comany, but atleast all 4 mayjor US phone companys, AT&T, verizon, sprint, T-moble. We are counting on you. I been b-tching and b-tching for months trying to get your attention, make a driod tyip phone like for windows phone, please, with suger on top.
- 05-28-2012, 12:38 AM #15
Now of course, they could just make an unlocked device for the US GSM carriers, but those usually never sell well because Americans are used to going to their carrier for subsidized devices.
As for the CDMA carriers, they won't activate devices that aren't branded for their network.
08-17-2012, 08:31 AM #16
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- 08-18-2012, 10:08 AM #19
This is the only reason I still use a blackberry. I need a physical keyboard since I write a lot of emails throughout the day. I, as well as other business owners who use blackberry will be looking for a Windows 8 Phone with physical keyboard. I hope one is released this year. If not, then I will be forced to wait for Blackberry 10.
- 08-19-2012, 04:09 PM #20
I would like to note that landscape keyboards in my opinion are alot better then vertical ones. Just in case any phone ompanys are looking at this. Phones like the droid 4. We need a phone like that for Windows phone 8, a high end side slider. My dream phone.
- 08-28-2012, 10:51 PM #22
I have a feeling we may get a nice surprize when WP8 comes out. Ether news of a slider in the short future or a phone from Nokia and Samsung when WP8 comes out. Im am hoping so bad its not funny. They better be on the high end side, thats all I will say.
08-29-2012, 06:12 AM #23
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My boss is in the same boat as all of you... has a Galaxy S3 and mostly loves it but desperately wishes for a device with an actual keyboard.
I get the interest, although, with 4.3-4.7" screens I have nearly zero difficulty using an onscreen keyboard, and I turn on the vibrate or click options so I get some kind of feedback.
That said, I'm just going to ask for the sake of asking... are any of you considering sticking with a non-slider phone and getting a Surface (or other) tablet for those of you who need the keyboard for typing volumes of emails?
For my own situation, I'm probably leaning that direction. I spend 90% of my day in Outlook and OneNote, so I'm expecting to make the Surface my primary mobile device, and if I get Surface Pro, it would easily be my full-time system.
- 08-30-2012, 08:33 PM #24
Probably not. For me the tablets are pretty much a toy. For real computing, I still like my big box Desktop PC. I use my smartphone for simple look ups and "Gee, I wonder about......." Stuff. I do 99% of my email and typing on a full QWERTY keyboard. My slider is for typing responses to SMS/MMS things and I really don't text that much. And, if I get divorced in the coming months, I'll probably be texting even less seeing as how most of mine are to my wife.
Now, I haven't used a really large screen smartphone since moving over from my Axim's but then I used a stylus or a BT keyboard for all my input then.