06-01-2014 04:36 PM
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  1. Jeffrey Morse's Avatar
    make a WP8 phone with a keyboard at least as good as my Droid 4 and get Amazon Cloud Player on WP8 and I would go up to the store and get that phone today.
    Ileana DU likes this.
    05-16-2013 11:07 AM
  2. Ileana DU's Avatar
    Yes! Yes! Yes!

    What's the point of having Word, Excel, etc. capacity if part of your screen is lost when you have to type?

    Yes, please!

    It doesn't have to be ultra thin. The Droid ones that have a slide out qwerty are fine.
    CHIP72 and Dances with clouds like this.
    05-29-2013 11:05 PM
  3. Ileana DU's Avatar
    Its like that special screen thing that someone invented, its called tactus I think
    Tactus doesn't really do it for me, because you are still losing part of the screen to the keyboard (I think).
    05-29-2013 11:10 PM
  4. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    A suggestion. How about a phone case with a keyboard built into it? Thin keyboard. Can be connected via USB or Bluetooth. Something like this:

    Amazon.com: Bluetooth Sliding Keyboard and Hardshell Case for Apple iPhone 4 Black Add an External Keyboard and Protect Your iPhone: Cell Phones & Accessories

    That's for iPhone and only Bluetooth but you get my point.
    05-30-2013 04:09 AM
  5. jsbornino's Avatar
    Still using my LG Quantum w/wp7 because I need the physical keyboard (preferably slide out). Will not be going to WP8 until someone makes one. Rumors that Acer was working on one appear to be false per statement by Acer exec yesterday that they are holding off on a WP until adaptation picks up, mostly due to the well know issue of LIMITED APPS! As a business user, I'm tempted to go back to Blackberry. Microsoft and their hardware vendors are really missing the opportunity to make major strides in the business community by assuming we are all willing to tolerate touch screen keyboards. An otherwise great phone OS is suffering due to lack of keyboard and apps. Someone with business savvy needs to wake up and address this neglected market segment!!
    06-15-2013 11:43 AM
  6. eweinschelbaum's Avatar
    Yes, please, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Dances with clouds likes this.
    07-01-2013 09:20 AM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    Having come from several sliders in a row (Sprint Mogul, Verizon Touch Pro, Verizon Touch Pro II), I thought I would hate the touch screen keyboard, but I believe I can type faster on it than the physical. That said, I still wouldn't mind a keyboard, but I don't think I'd buy a phone just for that. At this point, having a 928, it would have to have everything the 928 has AND a keyboard to get me to switch for the keyboard. This phone is just too good.
    07-01-2013 09:36 AM
  8. gsquared's Avatar
    There is a reason why nobody is making physical keyboard devices. Just not enough market interest given the additional costs invloved.
    07-01-2013 09:44 AM
  9. sth2r's Avatar
    The Blackberry Q10 will probably be the last phone made this decade with a physical keyboard. Lets check their numbers and see how its going... $89m in losses. Yeah, I'd go ahead and get used to all touch keyboards.
    07-01-2013 10:36 AM
  10. iamstevie's Avatar
    BIG yes for me. I hadn't bought a new phone in a long time whilst I waited for a decent slim qwerty phone. It never came, and I resorted to using my company BlackBerry instead (purely for the keyboard, phone itself was rubbish). I too also prefer slide-out keyboards in order to preserve screen real estate.

    What I hate most is the argument that the market for physical keyboards is "too small". Its flawed thinking, a false causality - people buy more touchscreen phones, and people buy less hardware qwerty phones. That is true, but it does not mean one factor has caused the other - the two concepts are mutually independent of each other. It also does not mean the number of consumers who want hardware keyboards is actually any smaller than it was 5 years ago, it just means they are choosing to buy something else instead. The question is, why are they choosing to buy something else...?

    The fact is, it is because of the manufacturers themselves:
    - Manufacturers drastically dropped the number of hardware keyboard/keypad phones they were manufacturing after the introduction of the iPhone
    - Manufacturers tended to create hardware keypad phones as low or mid-range devices
    - Manfucaturers focused on innovating in software & hardware aestetics, rather than the hardware itself

    What is the reason for them doing the above? It probably all comes down to cost (and hence there being a "small market" for hardware keypads is just an excuse). It is cheaper and easier for them to focus on developing just touchscreen-only phones and innovative software, than it is to develop both touchscreen-only AND hybrid phones.

    Simply, there have been almost NO high-end qwerty phones in the last 4 years, and the very few that have had qwerty's have often been far too heavy/bulky. Think for a moment about how much money Sony or Samsung have spent on innovation (S voice, mobile bravia, gesture controls, NFC etc) which they can apply across their portfolio of products (mobiles, TV, hifis etc). If they had spent even a small portion of that money trying to develop slimline physical keyboards for mobiles (whilst ensuring the phone itself was "high end" device), I have no doubt they would see much higher sales of these devices.


    On a side note, another massive bug bear with WP8... you can only use their keyboard!! Its as closed and narrow-minded as Apple/iPhone. Swype's keyboard has broken world records for txting speed, yet Microsoft still refuse to let people pick their keyboard of choice... ridiculous. Could you imagine them saying people had to buy a microsoft-only keyboard for their PC or laptop!?
    Dances with clouds likes this.
    07-01-2013 02:04 PM
  11. berty6294's Avatar
    I'll never get another phone with a physical keyboard for as long as I live. The onscreen keyboard is SOO much more flexible than any physical keyboard will ever be and much faster to type on. My phone being much thinner is just icing on the cake!

    And WP keyboard is awesome, should they allow the user to pick? sure but my choice would still be the WP keyboard! lol
    07-01-2013 02:15 PM
  12. iamstevie's Avatar
    I'll never get another phone with a physical keyboard for as long as I live. The onscreen keyboard is SOO much more flexible than any physical keyboard will ever be and much faster to type on. My phone being much thinner is just icing on the cake!

    And WP keyboard is awesome, should they allow the user to pick? sure but my choice would still be the WP keyboard! lol
    Hahah you will probably not be the only one! I still do not have a WP yet, I have only tried in-store and to be honest, the WP keyboard was really good! It virtually typed out my whole sentence for me, just be hitting the first letter of each word! But there are so many die-hard swype and swiftkey fans out there, that I would still want to try them, and I'm amazed MS don't open up the API if for no other reason than to attract a few more customers...
    07-01-2013 02:45 PM
  13. CHIP72's Avatar
    Anybody else wish a company would make a phone with a keyboard and windows phone 8?
    More definitely - I'd be all over a landscape slider with a 4" to 4.5" screen.

    I personally think manufacturers are missing the boat by not offering more physical keyboard smartphones. A big part of the reason why people turned away from them IMO is because pre-Blackberry 10 devices were terrible (in terms of requiring battery pulls, reboots when installing/updating apps, etc.) and pre-Android 4.x devices were almost as bad with their extreme lag. Apple doesn't make them because Tim Cook is a supply chain guy, but that doesn't mean some other manufacturer can't make them.
    Dances with clouds likes this.
    07-01-2013 05:09 PM
  14. CHIP72's Avatar
    I agree, that's probably why so many people bought the HP Pre3 in america
    Hey, I have one of those. Really!
    07-01-2013 05:13 PM
  15. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    I'll never get another phone with a physical keyboard for as long as I live. The onscreen keyboard is SOO much more flexible than any physical keyboard will ever be and much faster to type on. My phone being much thinner is just icing on the cake!

    And WP keyboard is awesome, should they allow the user to pick? sure but my choice would still be the WP keyboard! lol
    You must not use office then. Really sucks using Excel and not being able to see any of the cells because the keyboard covers the whole screen.
    I want a keyboard but Microsoft needs to let the key board navigate like Windows Mobile 6.5. My Arrive key board will not allow me to navigate in Excel, I still have to get out my callused up finger to try and poke the tiny cell as the arrows will not work when editing to move between cells.
    07-01-2013 05:32 PM
  16. berty6294's Avatar
    You must not use office then. Really sucks using Excel and not being able to see any of the cells because the keyboard covers the whole screen.
    I want a keyboard but Microsoft needs to let the key board navigate like Windows Mobile 6.5. My Arrive key board will not allow me to navigate in Excel, I still have to get out my callused up finger to try and poke the tiny cell as the arrows will not work when editing to move between cells.
    Nah I actually use it quite a bit, ive never had a problem with visibility. if I do need to see more I just quickly hit the back button and the keyboard disappears and I can see everything, I can pan around a little, and then tap somewhere if I need to edit. the keyboard opens and closes so quickly it's a non problem.
    07-01-2013 05:49 PM
  17. johninsj's Avatar
    I'd love the BT HID profile. I have plenty of bluetooth keyboards. Some the size of the 920...
    07-01-2013 05:52 PM
  18. Footbeat57's Avatar
    Yes a physical keyboard is much better and they keep forcing these virtual keyboard on us, They say that no one is buying them, but they are making more virtual keyboards and you are force to buy them. Grrrrrrr my whole family went back to physical keyboards and many of my friends have also. The only thing I might use the virtual keyboard for is the spell checker Been waiting for a windows phone 8 physical keyboard on Sprint, but I guess am getting tired of waiting for one. Wanted to upgrade my Samsung Epic 4 G great phone but getting old. I guess I be going with the LG Mach which is a newer phone with more speed and memory. Also has the extra roll for the numbers without hitting the function key.
    Dances with clouds likes this.
    07-12-2013 02:08 PM
  19. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    Nah I actually use it quite a bit, ive never had a problem with visibility. if I do need to see more I just quickly hit the back button and the keyboard disappears and I can see everything, I can pan around a little, and then tap somewhere if I need to edit. the keyboard opens and closes so quickly it's a non problem.

    I would like to see it. Glad it works for you. Even the the guy I work with went back to writing material lists on paper to later enter in excel on computer and he has a note2 with big screen. He says way to slow with all the finger pointing to navigate the cells. My arrive is no better even with keyboard due to no way to navigate between cells with enter and arrow keys like I could on my touch pro2.


    So far to date despite tiny screen the touch pro 2 is best phone for office especially excel..
    07-13-2013 11:22 AM
  20. Smyrna5's Avatar
    I thought I would miss the real keyboard on my Blackberry 8320, but I find it easier to type on the virtual keyboard of my Nokia, so I don't miss it.
    09-05-2013 08:13 PM
  21. Palm_forlackofchoice's Avatar
    I have been using a HTC 8XT now since July 19th. Love the phone but really miss my physical keyboard from touch pro 2 and arrive. I can type full sentences faster on arrive than my 8XT despite the 8XT using word predictions and the fact half the screen is covered on 8XT.
    09-06-2013 06:34 PM
  22. Tyson Castaneda's Avatar
    Just joined this site!

    I want a WP8 SO BAD. Ive tried the touch screen, its just not the same. I like the physical touch of a hardware keyboard. For now, Im saving my LG Quantum until a WP8 Qwerty comes out.

    But check out this possible beauty! I want this mythical WP8 Phone! Nokia E71 Returns With Windows Phone 8 and Sliding Keyboard | Concept Phones

    Come Home Soon QWERTY
    ~ TC
    12-01-2013 05:05 PM
  23. snowmutt's Avatar
    Welcome to the forum...


    And I am sorry. I still miss a physical keyboard, but I have long since accepted that my life with that satisfying "click" after each type is over. There just isn't enough interest. It does seem a waste. In this day and age of slim screen tech, a 4.5" - 4.7" screen size device could have a fantastic keyboard, and the width wouldn't be that much more then say a Nokia 920-ish device. It really could be an amazing device.
    12-01-2013 05:22 PM
  24. redlotus12's Avatar
    They will have to pry my E7 from my cold, dead hands! I travel a lot so I see many people typing on their screens. The E7 can do both, but I have to laugh when they say they can type much faster on a screen. This is probably true of the vertical-type keyboard, such as a Blackberry, but yes, thumbs are moving really fast, so it seems fast, but when I pop open my e7, and type with several fingers, most seat-mates just stare in disbelief. I've had several people ask if my phone is something new, and I tell them it's at least 4 years old.

    It's no bigger or thicker than many current phones, so I don't see why their can't be a WP8 with a full slider. As far as comments that no one would buy such a device, or it's too small a niche, take a look at a site like GSM arena, and count the number of phones already out there. I mean, Prestigio (not exactly the first name you think of in mobile devices), makes 14 different models. Yezz(?) makes 31. How many phones can they be selling? It seems like you could sell at least as many Lumias or Droids, or Samsungs - well-known brands - with a keyboard. As others have said, there is more to life than Facebook and videos. If you use your phone for business - not just business email - a full keyboard is hugely helpful.
    Dances with clouds likes this.
    12-31-2013 05:11 PM
  25. Dances with clouds's Avatar
    I like so many others will not upgrade my handset until there is a WP with a physical keypad.
    A quick internet search for WP with Qwerty keyboard returns thousands wanting such a handset.
    06-01-2014 04:36 PM
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