Disclaimer: as far as I can tell, this poll is neither scientific nor unbiased. It is likely that only Nokia phone users/lovers took this poll, and I haven't found any information about how many people from how many countries took it. That being said...
Earlier today on CrackBerry I read that a poll had been conducted that asked smartphone users what type of keyboard they prefer. I found the poll and read what I could about it; it seems that it was conducted informally by Nokia, and although I was hesitant at first to post about it on OSBB, I eventually decided that any mobile survey that shows that a key BlackBerry feature is the worldwide preference.
One of the main reasons I love my BlackBerry is because of the keyboard. Heck, the keyboard was pretty much THE reason I got a BlackBerry in the first place, back before I even knew what a smartphone was and I picked up an 8330 0n the cheap (IMO, 8330 keyboard is still the best to date). And even through my adventures with Android tablets and iPod touches, even now with my PlayBook, I pull out my BlackBerry phone when I need to compose or respond to an email.
As the figure above demonstrates, it would appear that most of the world agrees with me. Qwerty keyboards, according to the Nokia poll, are more popular than any other type of input.
People in the US do seem to disagree with the rest of the world; in the US, the following results were obtained:
- Touchscreen: 47.22%
- Qwerty keyboard: 33.33%
- Voice command: 12.5%
- Number keypad: 6.94%
That being said, could it not be that there simply isn't a well advertised qwerty keyboard phone within the US to compete with the slew of iOS and Android touchscreen phones? Personally I believe that to be the case.
So RIM, make sure that BB10 Keyboard knocks everyone's socks off!
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