- 12-12-2011, 08:44 PM #1
I bought the Quantum the day it was available...yes, I've been a proud windows phone owner since it was available (nearly 2 years now, my 2 year contract expires in March). I'm really disappointed that there isn't a slider option with the newer equipment.
Are there any rumors of a new device that might have a slider? I'm not sure that I can live without it now that I've had one for a couple years, and quite frankly, the Quantum still kicks serious ***, no issues at all (well, other than the strange keyboard issue since Mango).
- 12-12-2011, 08:53 PM #2
To me, with the bigger screens coming out, onscreen keyboards are much easier to get use to.
I used Palm for years and I was really use to having a real keyboard.
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- 12-12-2011, 09:31 PM #3
I hear you palandri, I wish there was an ATT store that actually had a Titan or similar device on demo I could try it out on. But, I really like the tactile feel of a hard button keyboard. I don't even mind that the core OS doesn't support landscape mode when the keyboard is deployed. Don't get me wrong, Windows Phone is my OS of choice...by far, and I've had them all. I just prefer a hard keyboard, and if you want to destroy the inferior systems, you should have that too. :-)
- 12-20-2011, 07:36 PM #12
I with you, I got my dell venue pro becuase it was had a keyboard. I ****ing love the phone so much. I have tryed the on screen keyboard alot, I still very much prefer the slide out. It is so much easyer for someone with big shacky hands like me. Im praying some new side slider come to WP7 soon. I would kill for a updated venue pro with a side slider. The vertigal slider is ok, but after having the tilt 2 witch had a silde slider there no compairison.
- 01-01-2012, 08:05 PM #14
I went through all the treo's ecept the first three staring with the 600 but I am over physical kb's I hd the tilt2 and used the physical kb three or four times. What I really wanterd after getting the tilt2 was if it could be cot in half ditching the physical kb. It was too heavy! for me.Your smartphone is only as smart as YOU let it be!
- 01-19-2012, 09:59 PM #17
Well, first of all, I should mention that there WILL be upcoming Windows Phones that will have an optional slide out keyboard. That is almost guaranteed. How do I know this? Do you all remember a couple of months ago when Microsoft filed for a patent for a slide out tray with interchangeable parts (you could put in a gaming pad or a keyboard or whatever). Well, that is a pretty good indicator as to what is to come. It may not happen until Apollo though.
Secondly, and I'm gonna put this here since we are talking about keyboards and my idea has a keyboard in it. Imagine having the 5.3 inch HD display of the Galaxy Note but then being able to flip it open (like a Nokia E90) and reveal pretty much a very mobile netbook. I mean at that size you could almost fit a small laptop-like keyboard in there. To give you more of a visual: myviliv.com
All we would need to do is shrink down the keyboard slightly more. I don't know, that's my dream device. A Galaxy Note, netbook all rolled up into one. I think I'm starting to get a little hot just thinking about it.
- 01-20-2012, 01:58 AM #18
- 01-20-2012, 03:14 AM #19
At this point though, the only rumoured device on the horizon is the Samsung Mendel.
I'd be very, very surprised if MS goes into MWC with only one device being revealed. It's only a month away at this point.Regards,
Nokia 6188 - AudioVox PPC6600 - HTC 8125 - Lg eXpo GW820 - Lumia 710 - Bring On WP8!
- 01-20-2012, 04:16 AM #20
There are 2 big problems with side-slider keyboards.
1. It's inconvenient to slide out and wait for the screen to rotate just to enter login details or short response. That is why, irrespective of OS, most people end up using the on screen keyboard for common tasks even if they have a physical keyboard available.
2. The bigger WP7-specific issue is that WP7 just isn't designed for landscape use. Right from first use, you find that the Lock screen, PIN screen, Home screen, and even the Dialler are stuck in Portrait. So the a side-slider phone like the HTC 7 Pro can't be left open on a desk which is precisely what the 'mini-laptop' form factor is designed for, nor can you use many core (and 3rd party) apps with the keyboard open without having to constantly rotate the phone to read the display and getting a crick in the neck. That's why the Dell Venue Pro vertical was the perfect solution for WP7.
Until MS acknowledge that there is a need to have landscape support, even in their own core apps (and on a mobile phone, you can't get much more core than the home screen and dialler), it's no surprise that ODMs are reluctant to invest on landscape hardware for WP7 when the user experience on any such device is so seriously unsupported and broken.
- 01-22-2012, 08:12 AM #21
Those are little reason for not having a keyboard. Alot of people really like the feel of a keyboard. I mean I got my DellVP and I go crazy trying to use the on screen keyboard, I gotta slide it down. With phones becomming so thin, the thickness factor is fastlest dropping out. I WP7 is so responsive I dont think the slide down to landscape mod wait is going to be a problem. I mean those little reasons cant be stopping them from making new sliders. I 100% also think that Apollo will have a whole lot of phones with slider keyboards, mostly becuase so many phone companys are now jumping on the WP7 wagon.
01-23-2012, 02:33 AM #22
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Side slider with keyboard is mandatory for me. I do not like soft keyboards and all the typos that come with them. I even got frustrated using the soft keyboard on my dad's 7" tablet the other day. I will keep this Quantum until it turns into dust if I have to! However, I'm hopeful that Nokia at least will release a slider since they have one in their recent Symbian line-up geared towards business users.
- 01-23-2012, 10:03 PM #24