Been using a ketone for testing for a week now, and says pretty much what I think.
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- Ted SalmonOwnerYeah, I fear the same. What a shame. As this article, and your experience reflects, feels like a great retro idea and ideal for getting back half the screen used up by a virtual keyboard, but my recent revisit to the Passport confirm, I'm afraid, the same thing. Lovely slice of nostalgia, but £500 worth of risk and rejection as we've gone so far the other way.
Somebody coming from BB world who's never used an onscreen keyboard but wants to port to Android will be delighted. And that'll be the niche crowd potential.4w
- I still think there is a market for a landscape pull out keyboard like the droids that Motorola were selling in the US. 6 inch LG G6 with hard keyboard slid out? yes please4w
- Ted SalmonOwner...Moto Mod coming soon!4w
- Andrew MModeratorThe thing I liked about the Blackberry Passport was having over 20 programmable keys for faster usage.The keyone has even more.
But the smaller screen space of the keyone (Mercury sounds better) would be difficult to get used to- perhaps. Though I've been fine using the iPhone 5s (and recently setting up a 4s).
I'd be more interested in hearing what the audio quality is like, one handed usability, outdoor visibility, external speaker quality...
I liked the Priv for its slidedown keyboard which I found useful for longer bits of content entry with a screen space that dwarfed my 6" devices because of the option to not use an onscreen keyboard. A shame about the 3.5mm jack position though. An updated Priv (with fingerprint sensor) would have been interesting to see.4w
- One handed usability is excellent, been out and about today and liking being able to use with one hand. Outside visibility is also fine, could take pics in the sunshine OK. Audio quality seems good through the external speaker if a bit quieter than my Lenovo P2.
Have to say the article quoted seems a bit of a hatchet job from someone with a pre conceived idea of what all people want. Don't mind if he doesn't want a physical keyboard, but some people still do.4w
- hear hear this one size fits all annoys me. A Nokia communicator type device could sell well4w