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With no DROID 5 in sight for an unveiling at next week's Verizon festivities, it seems the writing is on the wall for the form-factor that basically got Android off the ground: the QWERTY slider phone.

It's been nearly 4 years since the original DROID and HTC G1 debuted, two phones that really carried the Android platform in those early, uncertain days. It seemed, perhaps, that the trend the Sidekick (aka Hiptop) started in 2002 might continue on into the true smartphone era, side-by-side with the increasingly popular touchscreen slab (which at that point really just meant the iPhone).

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The last of the breed. Probably. Most likely. I guess.

But it wasn't meant to be. Even on Verizon, arguably the strongest bastion of the hardware keyboard in the US at that time, the slider phone quickly lost ground to slimmer all-touch handsets. Big sales hits like the DROID X, DROID Incredible, and Samsung Fascinate (aka Galaxy S) offered legitimate alternatives to the iPhone (as the iPhone was not yet on Verizon). The DROID and later, the DROID 2, provided an easier transition for BlackBerry users off of the already-sinking platform. But that was an audience that could only shrink.

AT&T seemed to avoid hardware keyboard Android phones for the most part, though Sprint (EVO Shift, Photon Q) and T-Mobile (G2, MT3G / 4G Slide, Sidekick 4G) dabbled with them for some time, to varying degrees of success.

But it's 2013 now, and there is not a single high-end QWERTY slider Android smartphone announcement to be found. HTC has altogether abandoned the form factor. The same also appears true of Motorola and Sony. Samsung will undoubtedly continue offering at least one such model internationally, and while LG's most-recent such device (at least in the US) is the Mach, I would suspect they haven't entirely written off slider phones just yet.

But when pickings are this slim, it really is time to start the death watch, I think.

What about you? Is there still, deep down, a strong draw to the masters of manual text entry? Do you think the slider phone is dead, or just taking a long technological nap? Let your thoughts be known by voting in the poll below, and elaborating in the comments section.

Is the QWERTY slider phone dead and buried?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • atlouiedog

    I have a Photon Q. I believe it was released in August of last year. I can't think of a better slider that's been released since.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Yep, aka the badge-engineered DROID 4.

      • Garry

        Not sure I follow, they have different everything inside. different SoC, different screen, even the shape. I wish the droid 4 didn't suck, but aside from the keyboard it kinda did. The photon q on the other hand was pretty respectable.

        • Solust

          I was surprised it didn't review well. It's easily the best phone I've ever owned. It runs extremely well and it hasn't slowed down a bit since I've bought it. I'm hoping Moto keeps releasing one at least every couple of years. Official bootloader unlock was icing on the cake, though I wish the process were a little easier.

  • mgamerz

    I won an LG Mach. I don't use sprint service but I have google voice so I use it around the house. When I am texting or writing things out I prefer it over touch screen. The keyboard is pretty darn solid, and typing passwords on it is way easier than a touchscreen. That said, the stock google keyboard is about as good of an alternative as I can find. I have a Nexus 7 and a Galaxy Nexus... the keyboard doesn't have that 'lag' that sometimes happens. IT happens all the time on my gnex where there's like 6 seconds of input lag that I can't stand.

    Surprisingly, for a midrange phone, the LG Mach is mighty fast... Chrome on it thumps my Gnex hardcore.

    • Floris

      The speed difference with the Gnex is because of the Mach's Snapdragon S4 plus..

      • mgamerz

        But they still called it 'midrange'. If there was a reliable way to reflash things, and I could go to stock, this phone would be pretty near perfect, sans camera.

  • Jdban

    I love a physical keyboard so much that I carry around an old LG Env Touch along with my Nexus 4

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I can't really imagine ever having another hardware keyboard on a phone. However, I still know several dedicated fans who recently had no choice but to switch away from a hardware keyboard, and most of them are unhappy with the trade. I don't really picture an actual resurgence, but I wouldn't be surprised if a manufacturer occasionally turned one out, just to appease the fans. This really seems like a great opportunity for accessory makers.

    • efan

      if there was a manufacturer that would make an add on qwerty keyboard that worked a range of phones, they'd make a pretty penny.

      • Elias

        You mean, like a portable Bluetooth keyboard? HOW COME NO ONE EVER THOUGHT OF THAT?!?

  • raindog469

    You forgot the "you can have my slider when you pry it from my cold, dead hands" option.

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      i would be saying that if they ever made a high end slider.....I have never seen even a mid range slider on sprint :(

      • raindog469

        Well, my slider was fairly high-end when I bought it. But there's no upgrade path. I considered the Photon Q, despite its dull specs. But after 2 years I carry a spare battery with me, can buy more spares for 8 bucks a pop, and the Q didn't allow for such things with its non-removable battery. Since I don't care how bulky my phone is, I've even looked at the GS3 with the slider keyboard cases available on Amazon, but even the ones that show a 5-row keyboard in the pictures turn out to require the Fn key to access numbers when reviewers received them.

        I'll be hanging on to my Epic forever, at this rate.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          i was going to get that but the low res and the horrible specs are nuts. I will regretfully be getting an GS4 because there is no other option :/ If they made a GS4 with keyboard i would totally buy it

        • Matthew Fry

          I lasted through to the gs3 with my epic but finally submitted. It's not as fast to type but with Swype and minuum it's sufficient.

        • rdeleonp

          Ya, used to think the same about my BB.

          Then I tried on-screen typing seriously.

          Never going back.

          • raindog469

            Wow, good for you. When you can edit code on a remote server over ssh using emacs or vi comfortably using swype, let me know. Maybe it'll autocomplete jquery methods for you in exchange for taking up a third to a half of your screen? Spreadsheets are also very sucky with every single one of the onscreen keyboards I've used.

            I use on-screen typing every day on my tablet. It's okay for Facebook or search or a quick email, now that my personal dictionary has been fleshed out, at least until I need to type a bunch of product numbers with symbols, or a few lines of example code, or any one of my dozens of line-noise-style passwords. As a result, I put the tablet down and pick up my phone when it's time for actual work on the road, even with a screen that's less than half the size.

            I never had a BB, but the Palm Pre gave me the ability, for the first time, to do my job anywhere, anytime, even over a piss-poor 2G connection out in the sticks. The Epic took it to a whole new level. It makes a better terminal than my first three PCs. I won't give that up in favor of shaving a few millimeters off the thickness, just as I wouldn't give up local storage speeds in favor of saving everything to the cloud over that same low-speed connection, and just as I wouldn't give up the ability to swap out the battery for an extra hour or two of (initial) battery life. I might give it up for something with more than one core, or a couple gigs of RAM, but only if it still has expandable local storage, a user-removable battery... and a physical keyboard.

            We all have priorities. Some people spend hundreds of dollars on a new device every year to text people, post food pr0n or play Angry Birds. That's their right. I got mine to do work, wherever and whenever I need to. I have no games, no Instagram, no Twitter, just a way for people to reach me and for me to get work done.

            My tablet is a toy. My phone is not.

          • Frederic

            If only manufacturers would listen to this....

          • 2B2012

            Well put. I'm hoping that 2014 will be the year that truly high end keyboard phones come back. What good is a 5" screen if you have a software keyboard covering 95% of it most of the time anyway?

        • 2B2012

          Same here :-) Typing this right now infact from the venerable "Original Gangster" Epic.

          ::

    • David Davidson

      That was my stance, but I finally gave up my Droid 2 for a SGS3 shortly after it launched. I've tried several keyboards but it's still not the same at all. I can't get close to my old record of 35 WPM without butchering the accuracy to hell.

      I actually bought one of those $30 case keyboard things, which worked well enough, but ultimately became too much of a hassle to use on a regular basis.

      RIP Physical keyboard, you will be missed.

  • David Margolin

    ask me a year ago and i would say qwerty is the way to go... but i've come to realize that... screw it... virtual keyboards do just fine...

  • Cory Wilson

    My brother has an ancient tmobile g2, and loves his physical keyboard, wants a better phone, but also wants to keep the physical keyboard. Would be nice if they had a high end model with one but I think it's pretty much dead. Reality is android only ever had one because it originally didn't support software keyboards. After either 1.5 or 1.6 (not sure which one, never used a version of android before 2.1) added support for software keyboards, models with physical keyboards became gradually more rare

    • enoch861

      The G2, seriously, has the best keyboard I've ever used on a phone. Period.
      The Note 2, though fantastic, still can't catch up to a real keyboard.

  • Dipish

    Looks like they are dead, but I miss them a lot. I never reached the same typing speed with an on-screen keyboard

    • Michał Droździewicz

      Even using slide-in-typing method?

      • Dipish

        If you mean Swype, yes, I use it, but even after having used it for over a year I find myself correcting it regularly, wasting time either on trying to "swipe" a word several times until the keyboard gets it or manually typing it (or both, in the worst case). And while English prediction in Swype is still fairly decent, Russian is much worse.

        I am really excited about the new Minuum keyboard, its prediction engine is far ahead of Swype but alas, only English at the moment.

        • Michał Droździewicz

          Yup, of course I meant swype ;)

          I use it for Polish and it works like a charm.

        • Cerberus_tm

          Hmm while my previous hardware keyboard was obviously superior, Swype gets awfully close for me, in Dutch and English. Yes, sometimes I have to correct a word; but I also mistype on a hardware keyboard. And you can swipe more or less blind with Swype, just like on a hardware keyboard.

      • Dipish

        Swype is great for one hand operation though!

    • Cerberus_tm

      I miss it too; but, as Michal says below, Swype is almost as fast; and, more importantly, sliding out the keyboard was always a hassle, and you had to turn the phone, too, both of which are nigh impossible with one hand; or it would take up most of the front of the phone, like in Blackberries. So it's just a trade-off, one that I sadly but resolutely accepted when I made the switch.

      • Dipish

        Slide-out QWERTY keyboard is a trade-off in terms of phone body thickness and overall construction robustness but I disagree about the hassle. What I think is great about a slide-out keyboard is that you don't have to choose between a hardware and on-screen keyboard, as well as between one-hand and two-hand operation modes: you have both and pick whichever suits your situation best: if you only have one free hand, you use the phone in portrait orientation and enter text via on-screen keyboard. If you have two free hands and need to type a lot, you go ahead and rotate your phone and slide out that awesome qwerty keyboard and be productive :) And of course save a ton of screen real estate!

        • Cerberus_tm

          I suppose that is true. My previous phone was ancient, so I'm comparing androids and oranges. There wasn't any keyboard phone at the time with a similarly good price-value ratio as the Galaxy Nexus, so that's what I got. I wonder how much heavier and thicker the Galaxy Nexus would be if it had a hardware keyboard...

  • Locutus

    Samsung should consider releasing a phone with the same form factor as the Ativ Q...

  • Garry

    It's dead, and it makes me sad.

  • vitriolix

    Seems like someone should kickstarter a really good attachable keyboard for the big mainstream phones like the GS4 and the HTC One. Slider keyboards are a niche market for sure, but it's a passionate one. My wife would definitely buy one if she could.

  • Steven

    Long Live The Qwerty Slider!

  • Jpoo

    The trend is that companies want you to talk more to your phone for commands and text. Well.... I'm deaf. I can't tell you how much I expend on a physical keyboard. I have a droid4 now and I'm due for an upgrade in a few months. I keep praying a new high end phone with a keyboard will emerge soon. But I doubt it.

    • jramirezw

      Seconded. It was hard enough getting my significant other (who's profoundly deaf) to move away from Blackberry for this reason. Pickings are slim, save for those cheap travesties from Samsung and LG.

      • im_dave

        I love the keyboard on my LG Optimus Slider. Had good experience with LG Rumor 2 feature phone slider, too. Solid feel and confident, reliable slide out action.

  • Zach Mauch

    Hardware Keyboards aren't dead. They are transitioning. I believe their ace is integrated into cases.

  • Sheldon H Henderson

    I used to be a die hard slider fan. I only bought phones that had sliders. Then I got a Nexus and haven't looked back since. If you get the right phone and give it a try, you'll find the software keyboard is better, if you find the right ones.

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

    If Google released a Nexus with a slide out keyboard, I would purchase it. I prefer physical keyboards. If it's not a Nexus, I'm not buying it.

  • louched1

    Android screen sizes are now big enough to not need a sliding keyboard. Back when the screens were smaller and people scoffed at my EVO 4G for it's large screen size I could see the point of a sliding keyboard, but not anymore. Who's scoffing now, people?! That's right! It's me! *scoff scoff scoff scoff scoff*

  • MrJigolo

    I hope so.

  • Mike C.

    If HTC had made a snap-on keyboard for my One X I would have bought it. Here is what I would like to see:

    - Snap on - it should be easy to snap-on and snap-off, phone should be usable without keyboard
    - Wireless - no wires to connect or disconnect between keyboard and phone
    - Blackberry quality keyboard
    - Expansion battery - would like keyboard to include an expansion battery for the phone
    - Keyboard should be same size/style as phone and should not make phone more than 5 mm thicker

    • Frederic

      I would add to that:

      - Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro quality/layout is OK too :-)
      - Do not have a separate charging cable (use wireless charging ?)
      - Do not block the camera / sound

  • solbin

    I would love to have a slider, but most sliders have specs from 2-3 years ago, with small screen sizes and horrible hardware.

  • ins0mn1a

    a small correction: HTC G1 is almost five years old (october 2008).

  • blahmoomoo

    While I personally don't have a slide out phone (nor do I really want one since performance is more important for me, and most slide out phones seem to be middle tier), I know at least one person who does and still likes it for the keyboard. So there's probably still a market, but it's niche.

  • Elias

    From an economical and industrial standpoint, it is much easier to make cases with slider Bluetooth keyboard for the most successful phone models on the market than keep designing and maintaining models with slider keyboard. Those who need a slider keyboard enough to be willing to deal with the extra heft would probably be happy with a slider Bluetooth keyboard in a case. I never had a slider and would never have because they break, get wobbly, their flat cables break. I don't like moving parts in a phone, they just make it more fragile and keep you from using a case. That said, I would probably buy a slider case because I type in my phone too damn much. Just yesterday I spent two hours typing an email. I usually read AP on my phone and use it to write comments, sometimes lengthy. Besides, if I break it I can just throw it away and buy a new slider case.

  • wlmeng11

    My Droid 1 still serves me well, albeit very slowly.

    • raw666

      That's just cuz you don't know no better.

      • ScottColbert

        The same could be said for you and your inability to write a sentence.

        • raw666

          observant you are

  • ElvisMarmaduke

    They're not needed anymore because screens are responsive enough

  • Peter ‘Firefox’ Fox

    Used to always get slider type phones, then came 4.2 and the nexus 4 and to be honest I haven't looked back, a large enough screen with a good keyboard with something like swype just makes more sense over the bulkyness of the keyboard

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    Slider? Meh. Clamshell for the win! It's the only phone format that is truly one-hand friendly.
    I've heard Sharp was making a clamshell Android phone, with low specs, outrageous price, and exclusively for Japan. I would totally buy it, if it wasn't Japan exclusive.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Usually, that you're of phone is sold to young women or old people in Japan.

      Anyway, hardware keyboard phones will never die. There are some great advantages to them and I think there will be an Renaissance for them when hardware gaming controls pick up in the future.

  • GraveUypo

    they are only dead because they won't make them anymore. i'd much rather have one if they made a high end one.

  • steven

    My favorite keyboard was the Motorola droid 3. It had an amazing keyboard but the rest of the phone sucked. The droid 4 has a good keyboard, better than the droid and droid 2 but not as good as the droid 3. Having owned each droid and a Samsung galaxy stratosphere and following smartphone news and reviews I feel like there has never been a high end qwerty slider since the original droid and that is only because there wasn't much to compare it too. It was the best of what was available. Since that phones release no slider qwerty has risen to the level of other high end phones on the market at any given moment.

    Blackberry's keyboard isn't acceptable for anyone with real size hands and even after using an all touch device its something I can't get used to and there is a fair amount of smartphone users that begrudgingly use all touch devices for lack of other options. The crop of current sliders out are aging and if you want a current version of android without having to play with your phone than your left with no option but a touch screen.

    Why do we have to wait for a manufacturer to come up with the solution. The current solutions from manufacturer's, Bluetooth keyboards, suck. They're incredibly bulky with poorly designed keyboard. That isn't suitable for most peoples need when smart phones are becoming thinner. You cannot tell me there's no way to get a sliding keyboard smaller.

    I have ideas but lack complete knowhow. I can't be the only one that thinks about this. Send me an email, who knows. Maybe will figures it out and solve our qwerty worries. Who knows, can't hurt to try. Stevena_q@yahoo.com

  • Taylor LaBrier

    The demand is still there in the used cell phone markets, but I don't think it's strong enough to make manufacturers keep making them. Coming from an LG rumor to my first Android phone, I needed to have a slider. What I got was a Samsung Acclaim and I hated it so much that I never even considered the form factor again.

  • faceless128

    it sucks, the the era is sadly over... i got a note 2.

  • Mastermind

    Come on China, make it happen.

  • mateorod

    As people do more and more real work on mobile devices, users are going to want a fast, efficient and precise method of communicating. It will not be Swype.

    Keyboards will be used on phones and will somehow become standard again.

  • TheRobotCow

    the Droid was the top of the line phone and it had a qwerty, then it became a mediocre phone -__-

  • http://incidentflux.blogspot.com IncidentFlux

    My AT&T Samsung Captivate Glide (Galaxy SII GSM variant) is still awesome. If they'd keep updating it, I'll be fine.

  • iamnotfan

    I will build my own DROID 5 if I have to.

  • GigiAUT

    At least people States side had a better selection of Slider and full keyboard phones. In europe we only had really bad models and they're all old. I settle on an Xperia MiniPro and loved having a small keyboard to text with, but the rest of the hardware was shit to the point I even gave the phone away. I'd love to get a new mid-range phone with a full keyboard but there's nothing :(

  • Matt

    The HTC Desire Z (G2) was my first Android phone and will always hold a special place in my heart :')
    I'd love to see some high end phones with qwerty silders but it just doesn't look like it's going to happen, yet another victim of the ridiculous slimness wars...

  • http://sicksubroutine.com/ Chaz Carlson

    It's a niche market -- one that is shrinking rapidly as OEMs are simply not making those kind of phones as often anymore. As someone that works with people and cell phones on a daily basis -- people that come in requesting a psychical keyboard are probably 1 in 50.

  • Steve Freeman

    I used to swear by slider phones...then I got Swype.

  • Razo_E

    I had a Sidekick 2, 2008 Sidekick, G1, MyTouch 3G Slide, MyTouch 4G Slide, and then a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. All excellent. While the 4G slide was a powerhouse with an incredibly (for the time) powerful camera, it never received an official 4.0+ build, and was abandoned by HTC itself. The Galaxy S Relay had an inferior screen/camera, but it had an S4 processor, so it was fast, no question. I then bought a Nexus 7 on an impulse buy and saw that with a big enough screen, I could type fine. Then I heard rumors about a Galaxy S4, and waited eagerly until the day it came out and bought one. NO REGRETS.

  • CeluGeek

    Sadly, yes. The last decent QWERTY slider was the Motorola Droid 4 (or Photon Q) and it was for CDMA networks! The last QWERTY slider of any kind for GSM networks was the Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G. *takes a breath after that long name* You can barely find low-end QWERTY phones for CDMA carriers these days and these are nonexistent for GSM.

    I'm still holding on to my Galaxy S Glide (Captivate Glide on AT&T) but I know I will replace it either with the Galaxy S4 or a Galaxy Note 2 at some point.

    Still the BEST physical keyboard of any Android phone I've tried was in the Xperia Pro. Too bad Sony screwed that supposedly high-end phone up by giving it only 460 MB or so for installing apps. Otherwise, I'd still have it.

  • rabidhunter

    There is a case available for the Samsung Galaxy S4 that adds a slider keyboard to the phone. Could that be an indication of the future? Maybe phones won't come with them, but a keyboard case could be offered.

    • Frederic

      I saw that too, but for the keyboard I saw, the quality build/materials and the design/layout (flat keys) are really bad. If there was a high quality/well designed/ well integrated (power supply, do not block the camera / sound) additional keyboard, this could work.

  • Wayne

    I'm with raindog.

    Honestly, just give me an Epic with 1GB of ram and I would be happy. 398 MB of application space(with a bigmem kernel) just doesn't cut it anymore. The 3 year old Epic(running CM10.1) has everything else I need.

  • The Phenom

    Love my slider and wish they would continue to make them.

  • Frederic

    I love my HTC G2 (and the best slider I ever used was the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro MK16a) but with Jelly Bean installed on it, it becomes really underpowered for a heavy multi tasking use. I would love to buy a new high end android slider phone (with micro hdmi, micro SD and removable battery, please). I would buy the Photon Q if it was compatible with T-Mobile network...

    It's a shame that manufacturers killed this form factor. I think the slider is more efficient in some cases, more instinctive (with time, you don't even have to look at the keyboard thanks to the "physical" feel) and can be very complementary to the touch interface (for autocorrect for example).

    I think manufacturers are making a mistake in betting on the same form factor, they should try to differentiate themselves from each other and innovate. Like for example, the Motorola Backflip with it's rear touchpad was a great idea (but the phone was underpowered).

  • Guitar Jozz

    I've had the original G1, my first Android phone. I then tried the
    Nokia E72, but didn't like that form factor. Loved the keyboard though.
    Then I went to the Mytouch 3G Slide, and that was my favorite
    keyboard, despite not having a dedicated number row. Then I got the G2,
    and had that for the previous 2 years. I just "upgraded" from the G2
    to the Mytouch 4G Slide about a week ago(found a mint condition one on
    ebay), and I'm extremely happy with it so far. I love the physical
    buttons on the front, for Home, Menu, Back, and the Genius button, as
    well as the little trackpad.

    I will never consider getting a
    touch screen only device. While Swype and others are sufficient and
    adequate, they are not nearly as precise as actually typing on a
    physical keyboard. Of course, the argument could be made that
    "features" such as word prediction and auto-spelling and capitalization
    make the physical keyboard unnecessary or obsolete. I disagree. All
    those "features" make the user rely on them to a point where they resort
    to slang and abbreviated speech much more frequently.

    I like
    to know that when I'm typing a sentence, my accuracy and precision
    skills are my own, and not part of the phone's software.

    Also,
    the "physical keyboards add to weight and thickness," debate is quite
    frankly, idiotic and full of irony. I prefer a slightly smaller screen,
    a bit of heft, and the feel of a phone which is thicker. It feels more
    sturdy and comfortable in the hand. It doesn't feel cheap or flimsy.
    Plus, it fits just fine in my pockets. On the other hand, a 5 inch or
    larger phone just is ridiculous to me. If you are considering a phone
    that humongous, then why not just get a tablet? I cannot fathom how a
    large, 5 inch smartphone can fit in your pocket more comfortably than a 4
    inch phone that is slightly thicker. The entire topic is just
    nonsensical to me.

    I like the feeling of having the option for a
    touch screen keyboard or a physical one. I love being able to feel each
    letter key as I type. Sliding out the keyboard on my MyTouch 4G Slide
    is not tedious or cumbersome. It's enjoyable, because I know it is I
    who will be actually typing out the thoughts and ideas from my brain to
    my fingers. My brain, not the phone's....

  • Coolblue

    I would love to keep a feature phone slider with a good music player, provided the keypad has great tactile feedback. I hope Nokia comes up with one for their Asha range!!

  • aracelit

    I want my qwerty slider keyboard back!!! I lost my last Droid 3 and had it replaced with a Droid RZR with no physical keyboard and I have had it for more than a year already. I still hate the touchscreen keyboard.. I have tried 3 different formats, also swype, and swift... I even tried using a bluetooth keyboard. I am not comfortable with any of these..I type so slow, fingers are always touching wrong letters causing horrible typos. Autocorrect is only correct 50% of the time. I type in spanish a lot so these programs are even worse when I change languages. I really hope I hear of a new slider phone soon or I will have to purchase a phone that has been on the market for almost a year and I would hate to do that. I would like to stay with Verizon so hopefully us slider lovers get some good news soon.

  • Wolf Wiese

    I loved my BB 9800 with qwerty, I like touch screen also but not for writting, but in order to change and use modern things bought a samsung galaxy first and afther that an iphone at the end returned to my blackberry with qwerty slide.

  • tweefurs

    It always frustrated me that the usa had better choice of sliders ie the moto range.but they never came to the uk. Even now im typing this sad message with my note 2, which is a great phone.but I have been craving a high end slider for years now and im worried it will never happen. The perfect phone is gs4 size with a quad core processor and at least 2 gig ram 8mp camera. The keyboard would be back lit and rather than arrows it would have a little anologue stick that pops up once clicked on so I could play my android emulators. It would have a 4000mhz battery with 32 gig internal and memory card slot for up to 64 extra gig. Why can't a phone like this exist. Cmon sammy, moto, sony.one of you fuckers can do it. There happy to bring out several variations of a shiny bit of glass and lets face it..... all smart phones look the the fucking same now. No creativity at all. Grow some balls you lazy fucks!..... sorry it got emotional didnt it.

  • G Chmpln

    I'll never give up on QWERTY sliders but the GS3 was good enough to get me to jump ship, IMHO with larger screens and add on keyboards it really looks like QWERTY is gonna be dead tech

  • dave birney

    well i used to be always ranting on about how little qwertys there were and how crap it was typing on a small screen. but since ive started using swiftkey i dont really feel i have a need for a physical keyboard any more, its just about enough.

  • Joseph Dirt

    If it was up to me, they would not be dead. But I don't make phones so I guess we have to accept what the manufacturers want to do. Its such a pity no one cares about people who need a keyboard for physical reasons. I just bought a Galaxy S Relay 1.5 dual core, 1 gb of ram. 5 gb of space just for apps. none of that is available on any qwerty phone on the t mobile/att platform. it never makes any of the reviews. its like t mobile phones don't exist.

  • Gumpo10k

    I've moved on to all touch devices, but only because there are no high-end slide out keyboard phones left. Two years ago the MyTouch 4G Slide was the last true high end slider phone released for GSM networks. I noticed that i could use the touchscreen fine for most quick messages here and there, so stepping over to an all touch device wasn't a huge deal when i was craving other features. But honestly, a phone with a slide out keyboard is simply better at composing longer messages - maybe the touch screen is fine for texting, but writing e-mails and documents? Nah, real keyboard is better. Similarly, most games i simply can't play anymore because they have no tactile feedback / my hands get in the way of me seeing the screen since they have on screen controls. I know i'm not the only one who feels this way - myself and a good deal of my friends would embrace a high end slider phone if it ever came out.

    Which is the one thing that makes me hopeful. Maybe one of the less popular manufacturers will notice the fact that one whole market segment is no longer being catered to, and release a high end device? I'd love to see HTC continue their G series, or Motorola with a new Droid - so long as it had a GSM version available. Frankly, if I was in charge at any of those companies, i'd slap together a hodge-podge of high end parts and just ship it with stock android - no need to get carriers involved, just sell it as a GPE device through google and online outright, i'm sure people would buy it up so long as it had specs to match the current high end market.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in the next year or so we'll see one manufacturer swing out of nowhere with a device thats something like 4.5"-5" 1080p screen, Quad core 2ish Ghz, 2GB+ memory, 8ish MP camera with OIS, Infrared, NFC, Qi, and a good slide out keyboard - preferably with a d-pad on the left side like the Motorola Cliq had so i could rock those GBA emulators again.

    Heck, the only real reason i'm no longer using my MyTouch 4G Slide is because i really love induction charging and NFC. Wish the Nexus 5 had Infra-red... and a slide out keyboard.

  • Sergio

    I would have been happy to spend $500 plus a contract to buy a replacement for my Samsung Epic 4G when the SD slot ran into an issue. Unfortunately, the selection of sliders is crap right now. With that in mind, I picked up another Epic 4G from Ebay and the wait will continue again for something I can upgrade to.

    I guess that it's good that I'm not spending money. It leaves me with more for Christmas shopping.

  • Andrew

    This is one of those lovely things appe did for us. The brought that nasty iphone without a keyboard and everyone had to follow suit. The best and most high quality thing we could have is one with nice buttons and character rather than a crappy slab that you just touch. I can never even use the virtual keyboard. I have an iphone and the only reason I got it was because my mother purchaced it for me. Previously, i owned the LG en v touch, which was the best cell phone i have ever owned. I do not want to buy a universal case since they are not common and seem to be a hassle. I want something nice and built in like they used to be. I see nothing nice about the touchscreen keyboard. This is just as bad as those heat-sencing buttons I am finding on virtually every device I come across these days. People are too lazy to press a damn button. The only reason I wouldn't purchase a blackberry is because their software is not that good compared to android. I think if any cell phone company (probably samsung, motorola, or HTC made a high end cell phone with the qwerty keyboard, people would be all over it. It is the way to get accuracy, convienience, and simplicity. I really hope these companies will smarten up and do their cell phones right. I demand a droid 5! I really hope this would be considered, many of us really hate the touch-screen.

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