Hardware QWERTY phone debate lost, Nokia please make one with Windows Phone 8

Summary:80 percent of the voters in the latest ZDNet Great Debate chose physical QWERTY smartphone keyboards over touch screen so where are all the QWERTY devices now?

BBQ10

I was smoked (80 to 20) in this week's ZDNet Great Debate on whether or not hardware QWERTY keyboards were desirable or not. I used to be a QWERTY fan, but am perfectly happy with the touch screen methods today. With such an overwhelming victory for hardware QWERTY on a phone, you would think there would be more available.

The BlackBerry Q10 is the latest hardware QWERTY device and I think it is one of the best BlackBerry devices ever. I do appreciate the tactile feel of a QWERTY and honestly I still keep a few around to bang on from time-to-time.

Other than the Q10, we see some older smartphones like the Droid 4 and several feature phones. There is no longer any Galaxy QWERTY devices or any Windows Phone 8 QWERTYs and Apple has never went with a physical QWERTY. If people seem to want them, why are they not being made?

I loved the hardware QWERTY on the Nokia E7, E71x, and HTC Touch Pro2. Given Nokia's dominance with Windows Phone, their design history of QWERTY, and the enterprise focus of QWERTY I want to see them release a new Windows Phone with either the portrait QWERTY like an E71 or the landscape QWERTY like an E7. Can you please make this happen Nokia?

Topics: Mobility, Android, Nokia, Smartphones, Windows Phone

About

Matthew Miller started using a mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host with GigaOM's Kevin Tofel on the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned over 200 d... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.