This would be a big benefit for many people. As for myself, I am aware that driving is, by far, the most dangerous activity humans participate in on a regular basis... and it is rarely treated as such.
Originally Posted by TesTeq
There are many times that not being obligated to look at the keyboard could come in handy. For example, I could be waiting for the crosswalk sign to change while I am sending a message, or while sitting in a traffic jam, or while riding as a passenger--I get carsick if I try to read my phone. In any case, I prefer the feedback of a physical keyboard, but not all users do.
There is a pattern:
Originally Posted by tominperu
consumer-grade (gizmo) with flashy design and lots of add-ons and hype (priorities: fashionable cutting-edge technologies, touch screens, streaming media, doodads, COST) vs industrial-grade equipment used by professionals (priorities: dependability, durability, quality, and capability, THEN cost)
We see this pattern in comparing trendy phones (take your pick) with business phones (Blackberry, Palm), consumer laptops (Dell Inspiron series) vs. business laptops (Lenovo Thinkpad T or W series), keyboards or stereo equipment sold at Costco vs Denon, JBL, or rackmount equipment sold for professional use, $600 fashion handbags/briefcases vs $600 Saddleback or Colonel Littleton bags, and the list could go on and on.
I would gladly pay $2000 for a phone, $6000 for a laptop, or $50,000 for the vehicle that met all of my requirements, but they do not exist, so compromise is inevitable. If buying a phone is akin to buying a video game system, then cost is a priority. If buying a phone is akin to a mechanic selecting a toolset, then ROI overshadows initial cost.
Okay, off the tangent and soapbox... I look forward to Blackberry's next releases, though my current model has exceeded my expectations in all measures of increased productivity.
Companies do not learn from other companies' experiences.
Companies do not learn from other companies' experiences. RIM walks the Palm's path...
Originally Posted by mcogilvie
I think one has to be very careful with these sorts of arguments, because many companies love to sell people on the distinction between consumer and professional goods. I generally look for companies that are focused on good design, high functionality, and quality. For me, neither $600 fashion handbags/briefcases nor $600 Saddleback or Colonel Littleton bags have the functionality I want (although I love good leather), which I find in ballistic nylon at half the price. RIM had a business model that was predicated on businesses of a certain size: a proprietary push server with dedicated IT people to look after it. RIM did very well for a time, just like Novell networks did, but it probably can't compete anymore because cell phones are now whole-life devices.
Originally Posted by JohnV474
My take Is that paper based system is the safest. This coming from a person who developed an android task list