A rather… shall we say, interesting… article was posted over at CNET today. In the post, blogger Sean Hollister shared his dreams of a BlackBerry Droid. Yes, that’s right, a BlackBerry Droid.
Hollister seems to be an Android fan, and also states that he has spent time with the Priv. But Hollister dreams of more. Strangely enough, the first thing he wishes for, strangely enough, is for Verizon branding. The second strange thing he’s wishing for, is for Droid branding. He leads off in to the history of Verizon licensing the Droid name from Motorola and other such things, and I must admit, I’m at a loss. With everything the Priv has going for it, beautiful hardware, touch sensitive physical keyboard, best virtual keyboard available, an amazingly beautiful screen, unparalleled security in the Android space, Hollister wants to see the words Droid and Verizon emblazoned on it. While I’m left wondering if this is perhaps in the same vein that Linus wants his blue blanket for comfort, Hollister can rest assured that he shall see one of those names on the back of a Priv soon when Verizon starts carrying the newest BlackBerry device.
The third thing that Hollister hopes for, is what I’m more interested in. You see, Hollister’s dream phone has a landscape keyboard. If you scrape away the odd wants for other company’s branding, that’s the true difference between what he wants vs what is offered. He offers up several renders of what he would like in the device, one shown here, and you can see the other’s at CNET.
My take on this? I think it’s horrible. For two primary reasons. That’s one ugly keyboard. Granted, it’s a render, but that doesn’t even come close to what we expect from a BlackBerry keyboard. The flat tops, the 4 separate buttons for the space bar, could you imagine typing on this beast? He has a rather interesting idea about e-ink keys that could dynamically change with apps, and I suppose that’s the reason for the flat keys, but personally, I feel that even with that idea implemented, it just wouldn’t be worth it. By going with the flat topped keys as such, we’d lose something that BlackBerry keyboards are known for, for being accurate whether we’re looking at it or not.
Secondly, I personally hate landscape keyboards. There was a time for them, way back when cell phones were tiny. I’ll admit that when I was tapping away on my old BlackBerry Torch, there were times I wished that BlackBerry would have gone with a landscape keyboard. But things have changed since then. Phones have gotten bigger. I think of my wide working BlackBerry Passport, and the learning curve I had going to such a large keyboard. With this being a 5 inch phone, you could basically double the width of the passport keyboard. Now that would be some stretch! Would you even consider typing with your thumbs on that? Not to mention all the scrolling up and down I’d have to do when typing in landscape.
Go take a look at Hollister’s dream phone, then come back and tell us what you think. Would you pick it up? Would you prefer the old *cough cough* Droid method of a landscape keyboard vs the BlackBerry way?