With us know knowing that the next BlackBerry 10 hardware keyboard flagship device (the Q20/BlackBerry Classic) will see the return of the trackpad and function keys I was intrigued to discover if the news could indeed bring 'all touch' BlackBerry users back to their roots and switching over to a hardware keyboard.
From my perspective it's a hard one to call. One the one hand I suspect that users of the BlackBerry Z10, Z30 and soon to be Z3 will be more than happy with their form factor of choice - after all, not only is the virtual BlackBerry 10 keyboard awesome, but you get the extra screen real estate.
On the other hand, it is pretty easy to adjust between the two. Since BlackBerry 10 hit the scene I've rocked the Z10, Q10, Q5 and Z30 - all for decent lengths of time. Switching from an all touch BlackBerry to one with a physical keyboard is no big deal for me and almost feels like I'm back to where I should be. But, for you folks that have made the transition over to an all touch BlackBerry could you be tempted back due to the reintroduction of the trackpad and function keys?
Yes, we are creatures of habit, but we're also BlackBerry users because of the productivity benefits and BlackBerry clearly thinks that bringing back the 'toolbelt' will make our lives easier.
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