QWERTY phone are better 100 times than touchscreens.
I am using Sony Ericsson Pro (QWERTY) and it is really nice. But if they want to keep compete in the market they should increase the size of the screen.
Imagine an Samsung S3 with a slide keyboard or Sony Experia S with a slide keyboard, it would be a wonderful to see device like that.
Well HTC will lose a % from its market share by making this decision, and I hope Sony can cover this shortage and take it as an advantage on golden blat.
Anonymous, 23 Apr 2012The X1 was actually made by HTC but with a Sony Ericsson sticker on the front, hence your expe... moreJust looked at the kyocera, didn't make it to the uk. Like i say, the idea is sound, if its backed up with the level of current tech that samsung puts into their flagships. I reckon it may well be the next feature once the ubiquity of the candybar design wears a bit thinner!
If you design them like donkey piss and give them specs like horse manure then obviously no one will buy them. Idiots at HTC! People who want qwerty are practical people, who care about function.
Fast CPU and good enough RAM for smoothness.
Large battery (2500+) or more
DEDICATED numbers row (It's qwerty isn't it?)
At least a 4.0 inch screen
Plus all the standard camera etc.
And then people WILL buy. Don't put out half assed shit that looks like kindergarten kids designed it during recess and expect people to pay their hard earned money for it. (Cha Cha wtf!)
In short HTC needs to stfu and gtfo!!!
I'm not happy with this decision, but I understand how business works... Which means, if another company makes a kicka** qwerty thats sells like crazy, this decision will be reversed! I only ask that HTC doesn't discontinue the optical joystick as well...
It is true, this era has come to pass. I was giving them a look in the past, but even droid from Motorola is going there ... meaning nowhere. :)
Jparker, 22 Apr 2012Qwerty keypads were cool, but the practicalities were dire. After a year, my xperia x1 keyboa... moreThe X1 was actually made by HTC but with a Sony Ericsson sticker on the front, hence your experience :P Try an actual Sony Ericsson device like the Xperia Pro - been using it heavily for 8 months and no such keyboard problems.
Your dual-screen design has been tried already in the Kyocera Echo and, well, I don't think the idea works in practice.
tonkol77, 23 Apr 2012PS a final major reason for my loyalty to Nokia and Symbian: I have nearly 900 contax and I do... moreYou can send contacts to another device easily using either SyncML and an internet sync server, Bluetooth, or even the old-fashioned method of copying to your SIM card.
PS: Xperia Pro >> E7 :-P
PS a final major reason for my loyalty to Nokia and Symbian: I have nearly 900 contax and I don't want to copy those one by one on to a new OS. Whatever the dealers and geeks tell you I think no other OS is compatible even using software -Moto certainly wasn't- and at the very least all the formatting will be screwed up and you will probably lose a lot of data switching from ANY OS to another: purely fortuitous of course and not a DRM issue.
I've spent days with the best brains in Asia trying to tether a Moto Mobile's modem to a MacBook pro etc etc and it just CAN'T be done.
First off, a "niche" market is _by definition_ one that does not expect to work with large volumes, and as such, it can never be too small. It can only be too small for a particular no-longer-interested party.
Second, this is actually good news. HTC are idiots for abandoning that niche, but that only means someone else will ultimately see fit to embrace the market they freed up - I'm just crossing fingers it'll be Samsung, since I'm STILL waiting for that AMOLED QWERTY smartphone I'd buy. I really hope they finally get a clue.
Why nobody raved about the NOKIA -YES NOKIA don't laugh- E7 Qwerty slider with the new Symbian Belle OS which runs as fast as you can??? I came from TWO E71s, which are still brilliant phones, only because I wanted a big legible landscape screen. The clear-black display, new factory loaded Belle OS /interface and tuff gorilla glass are a bonus, and E7's full metal jacket and design are amongst the finest, most elegant ever made: keep it in a thin clear polywhatnotcover in a pouch for safety and it's as slim as you could want. Well, like the all metal E71s you know you're carrying a real compact piece of techology, built like a tank, and not a slab of disposable plastic. But Symbian has always been a light OS which doesn't need battery draining quad cores or vast amounts of ram and without using the Edge or 3G you can browse -with Opera Mini- at lightning speed and HEY, in India Nokia throw in FREE direct-to-phone push-email AND Nokia maps for the full life of the phone plus there's an 8-megapix camera, Adobe Flash with You Tube, Java,and full Quik-Office suite with copy and paste etc etc for serious documents pre-loaded. What more could you want?
IF Moto Milestone 5 -or indeed any Moto Milestone- was available here and not all hogged by the Chinese I would have considered them seriously, in spite of that iffy screen and the notoriously complicated Moto software which drove me crazy on all my early Motos. Symbian is "intuitive."
So I'll happily stick with my Nokia E7 until Nokia release their N950 MeeGo on to the open market in a few years' time. Meanwhile, check out the E7.
bad bad decision!
keyboards is and will always be better than touch screen!
whoever came up with this sugesstion in HTC team is secretly working for Blackberry :) i love my htc desirez... will hold on to it as long as someone comes with a better one WITH qwerty pad.
Qwerty keypads were cool, but the practicalities were dire. After a year, my xperia x1 keyboard was unuseable as the plastic keys degraded and got clogged up with crap. Touchscreen keyboard was more efficient imo, not needing to press real hard (though i guess it depends if you're a 'look at keypad while typing kind of person' or a touch type person!). The best solution would be to have a slide out second screen, which leaves you the real estate of the top screen free, and then you can use the bottom screen for other things when you don't need the keyboard. And, with a dual core, it can actually make use of that extra processing power for the dual screen!
No NO HTC have to develop smartphones with hardware QWERTY keyboards side slider phone, this is very good phone and very easy to use...
I miss my desire z so much. I just hope someone will pick up the nee for a Hardware qwerty device. Using terminal emulator was so much easier. Why did you have to ruin my day HTC :(
HTC getting strategy wrong again - from its failed extreme of having far too many product releases with little to differentiate them, they are now apparently going to the other extreme with only "One" phone.
Having spent a couple of years with the, initially, attractive touch screens I found myself crying out more and more for a hardware qwerty to let me be productive.
The productivity market is going to grow because the same thing will happen with all the people who have binned their Blackberrys for an iPhone (with many stuck on 2 year contracts).
Writing this on the SonyEricsson Xperia Pro - a really nice Qwerty, though I'd like a bigger screen. The only slide-out in UK (apart from a handful of HTC Desire Z's).