10-08-2016 08:10 PM
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  1. hammera's Avatar
    I'm a huge supporter of physical keyboards but all of these surface cover concepts are unworkable in the real world unless you have a nice flat surface to work on.

    The beauty of a physical keyboard is the speed at which you can work whilst on the go. Touch screen keyboards are fine (and probably a little quicker in all honesty) as long as you're not being buffeted about (on the bus/train, etc). The positive feel from a physical keyboard means that you have significantly more faith that what you are typing is what you actually intended.

    To be really useful a keyboard needs to be firmly attached to the phone (if not you might as well just carry a folding bluetooth keyboard). The Nokia E7 (and the ill fated N950) are probably the best design I've used but they both suffered from less than ideal keys - great for thumb use but rubbish for 'touch' style typing. Anyone who ever used a Psion 5MX knows that small keyboards don't have to be poor and if anyone can manage to put a Psion quality keyboard in an E7 style chassis they will have my money.

    Oh - and I don't care about it being thin. I want a productive tool not a fashion item.
    RumoredNow and Danobe like this.
    10-03-2016 01:51 PM
  2. RumoredNow's Avatar
    put a Psion quality keyboard in an E7 style chassis
    Yes. E7 remains for me one of the greatest form factors ever presented.
    10-03-2016 02:37 PM
  3. TheHeroFromDOOM's Avatar
    I also wish for a phone with a keyboard like the HTC 7 Pro, slide and tilt. This phone looks like the keyboard is detachable like those 2 in one laptops. I long for the day any phone company many a side slider again. When will we know if Microsoft is planning this at all, or has in legit in the works?? I heard March we should know be, is that right?
    10-03-2016 04:52 PM
  4. Indistinguishable's Avatar
    When will we know if Microsoft is planning this at all, or has in legit in the works?? I heard March we should know be, is that right?
    No one really knows when we'll hear something about it. Some speculate that we might get some hints at a hardware event that's expected to take place at the end of this month. More Surface all-in-one PC rumors point to official reveal in late October | Windows Central
    10-04-2016 11:58 AM
  5. Krystianpants's Avatar
    Something like this would be more rigid and sturdy I guess, but I think it's better to go with the method that Lenovo went with and try to use a screen with haptic feedback to create a keyboard. That way when you're not using it you can use it for something else. That's a lot of space for something someone may never use.

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    10-04-2016 05:11 PM
  6. IIDXholic's Avatar
    I'm wondering what the price would be, especially since the 950 series launched at 549 for that basic looking design
    10-06-2016 08:12 PM
  7. jabtano's Avatar
    All they have to do is not make it exclusive!
    10-08-2016 08:10 PM
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