Time for improved BlackBerry keyboards, RIM please add key punctuation

Time for improved BlackBerry keyboards, RIM please add key punctuation

Summary: RIM is getting ready to release BlackBerry 10 and new hardware, so it's also a good time for them to evaluate their leading QWERTY keyboards to see if they can be improved as well. There are a couple tweaks I would like to see.

Time for improved BlackBerry keyboards, RIM please add key punctuation

I regularly hear people say that RIM had the best QWERTY keyboards and no one could match a BlackBerry. I do agree they were excellent, especially on the BlackBerry Bold 9900, but my personal experiences are that past Nokia and Samsung front facing QWERTY keyboards were better designed thanks primarily to a few key characters. Unfortunately, the leaked images of the likely BlackBerry 10-powered X10 show these characters are still missing.

The Nokia E71 was one of my all-time favorite Nokia devices and I still have one in a drawer as it serves as a great backup phone. I preferred the E71 and Samsung Jack keyboards over my Bold 9900 because they had dedicated first strike (not via Shift or Alt) buttons for the @ character (E71 only), comma, period, and question mark. I understand you can now press the space bar twice to get a period on a BlackBerry (and on most software keyboards), but the other regularly used punctuation marks require a second button press. I understand this is a small issue and there are many other reasons to like the layout of RIM's QWERTY keyboards, but when entering a lot of text it is something that drives me crazy when I KNOW RIM could tweak their designs to add these key punctuations marks to first strike keys. Do you have any recommended tweaks for RIM's QWERTY keyboards? Should other manufacturers offer QWERTY keyboards in the future too?

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  • Rather not have keys, too too small

    I did love my BB Storm 2 , each icon/key was 2 letters and worked incredibly well and fat fingering was never an issue(that's what she said). And the LED was just awesome, you could glance at the phone not even touch it and know you had a message.

    Cons: it crashed all the the time and was ungodly slow compared to droid or iphone.

    Add the two letters per icon and make my windows logo pulse as the LED did and my Nokia 920 would be the perfection.
  • The Storm was an old device

    and the issues that plagued it are not present in current generation BlackBerry phones. Also, I wonder how long Matthew used his 9900, because that is the BEST physical keyboard to ever grace a phone, bar none. It's like typing on air.
  • E71 still best QWERTY

    I still consider the Nokia E71 keyboard the best considering the size of the keys and hanset.
    a hobbit
  • Not wanting the change

    I've been using PKB devices since 2008, many of them BlackBerry's the double spacebar press has been available as long as I've been using BlackBerry.

    The extra punctuation I've never found myself needing, times when I use a lot of commas or question marks are usually multi use scenarios so Autotexting the needs is done.
    The dedicated @ button in the email feild is handled by space bar again. adding to many keys makes the device harder to use.
    When doing work emails I have far more needs for 0 than I do for @ or ? having the dedicated 0 buttons is very useful. Something I really hated with the Nokia E71 dealing with numbers was much more difficult.