Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-08-19 18:28 (#HW5N) Those were the reasons why I liked Blackberry. As a personal tech advisory to some big wig, I was tasked with getting a new (free) phone for my client due to a problem with his existing one. It wasn't about money as it was a principle thing. So I had the un-enviable task of working my way through tech support as long as I could without name dropping. I only got to tier 2 before I had to go nuclear. But as soon as I did, the phone was in the mail. Never really called them before or since for anyone else. So maybe that was just the name that got action. In any case, it was the best experience with Tech support I've ever had. Re: Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1) by email@example.com on 2015-08-21 08:01 (#J18X) These things are all good for business customers but even here times are changing. People no longer want 2 phones at work, they want to bring their own phone and have access to work data as well as their personal data on a single device. The physical keyboard on a mobile phone is never going to be big (in my opinion) because the amount of keys you need for typing is far greater than for using a phone as a phone and this large requirement for keys means the keys will actually be very small and that doesn't suit a lot of people. Re: Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-08-21 13:11 (#J22P) I think there are two things that are possibly being overlooked. A virtual keyboard on a phone is not going to be significantly bigger than a physical keyboard on a phone and also it will reduce the available screen for display of information. So saying the keys will be small would also apply to a virtual keyboard. And the second thing is with the increasing size of phone screens it seems there would be a matching increase in keyboard size for a physical keyboard on a slider phone. I have seen bluetooth keyboards that were as small as the bigger phone screens we have these days. I think with the increasing screen size, now is the time to have a return of the slider keyboard because it can be comfortably sized. Re: Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1) by email@example.com on 2015-08-21 13:25 (#J23X) I think the difference with a virtual keyboard is you can limit the keys and can change the keys depending on what is being selected on the scree. With Physical you have to cater for every situation ahead of time. Re: Hardware keyboards, security, customer support (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2015-08-21 15:15 (#J2EM) That's actually something that drives me nuts about virtual keys. If I am trying to type something with a good mix of alpha and numbers it's such a pain to switch back and forth from alpha to numeric. And besides, on physical it doesn't have to cater to every situation; that is what the shift/ctrl keys are for. I think there are probably benefits to virtual as well as physical but for me the physical benefits are more to my liking.