- 12-26-12, 03:28 PM #26
Hold you phone with one hand. Now move your thumb back and forth. It follows a downward curve. For two-handed typing the both thumbs making a downward curve form a smile.
But for one handed (right hand) typing, the keyboard would have to arc all the way down to the left. The opposite for left hand only typing. Therefore a straight keyboard is the perfect compromise for both lefthand and righthand one-handed typing.
- 12-26-12, 07:03 PM #29
Folks forget that BlackBerrys weren't alway smiling. That came with the trackball. They actually had sad faces and straight keyboards prior to the happy face. The happy face was likely introduced to look good and maximize space framing the trackball and then trackpad.
- 12-26-12, 08:31 PM #30
What I'm concerned about, as far as the qwerty goes is the tactility of it. Taking a look at the picture again, correct me if I'm wrong, but on the straight qwerty, the keys look somewhat flat, whereas on the white phone, the keys look much more tactile. Is it just me? It just might be the lighting, but flat keys are a no no for me. I'm not a fast typer, but I definitely did type faster on my Torch 9800 than I do on the MyTouch 4G Slide that I'm using now, I absolutely hate that keyboard, and it's made me appreciate the BB keyboard that much more. The one on the Bold 9900 series is absolutely perfect, imo. And hopefully, RIM will implement that trapezoidal keyboard that they've patented in the near future, for those of us with wide thumbs.
The advantage of a straight keyboard is the one-handed and/or no look typing, which is something I seldom do.
It's easier to know where each key is because the columns and rows all line up, vs the Bold/Curve keys were staggered and for me at least, made no-look typing more difficult (but MUCH better than any virtual keyboard since I couldn't feel any keys...)
- 12-26-12, 08:57 PM #32
- 12-27-12, 01:55 AM #35
The new mid level QWERTY BB10 looks familiar
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- 12-27-12, 01:39 PM #36
Re: The new mid level QWERTY BB10 looks familiar
Ok I can see making things easier for people who will be choosing the touchscreen to have a keyboard that resembles the Bold. But why change the Z10's epic Bold keyboard for the sake of the touchscreen? There is no reason to change the best keyboard in the industry.
Simply support Swype on BB touchscreen or have it resemble the Bold but people who will be using the X10 don't need to have it resemble the touchscreen.
Am I missing sense at all?
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- 12-29-12, 04:30 PM #37
To me... the Bold's rounded keyboard fits the rounded nature of the Bold's design. It just looks "right" to me. What I find odd about the "N" is the fact that the phone is still a rounded design but the keys are straight across. Whereas on squared devices the straight across keys look "right" to me.
I think the "N" would be better if it was more like some of the mock ups we've seen, where, stylistically, it resembles the "L". On that design the straight keys look nice.
Usability wise I think folks can get used to it as it is. I personally expect a lot of folks that say they'll never leave the physical qwerty, will actually do so for the "L" due more to the aesthetics of the "N". Just my opinion.
- 12-29-12, 05:32 PM #38
- 12-29-12, 06:45 PM #39
Also, if you think about it, the advantage of the slight curve to the keyboard came when you were there in two-thumb mode and a straight keyboard would actually perform better one-handed with little deficit two-handed with the other ergonomic features remaining in place.
- 12-29-12, 06:53 PM #40
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- 12-30-12, 10:39 PM #47
- 12-31-12, 12:25 AM #49
The new mid level QWERTY BB10 looks familiar
I'm not gonna condemn the straight keys until I try them. I mean can it really be that bad? I trust that RIM will provide an excellent typing experience but again I won't know until I try it
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- 12-31-12, 12:30 AM #50
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