Have you come across an operating system (OS) on a phone which works well with QWERTY keyboards as well as touch screens? Android phones with physical keyboards were (and still are) an unmitigated disaster; older versions of Windows Mobile and Palm OS did work (but touch was like an add-on feature); one can't imagine iOS with a physical keyboard and the same goes for Windows Phone 8.
One OS which seems to work well with both form factors is Nokia's Asha, but it's not a smartphone line.
That leaves us with BlackBerry - the same company which gave workaholics what they always dreamt of - an office on the go. The older OS 7 was used on both QWERTY and touch devices, though it was geared towards keyboard addicts. Hybrid devices were a mixed bag.
When the BlackBerry Z10 was launched, we found the new BlackBerry 10 (BB10) OS a solid performer on an all-touch device, though with limited apps in comparison to the competition. But that left out a majority of users, QWERTY addicts, in limbo. Would the Q10 be able to do the impossible - marry touch and type seamlessly? Let us find out
Text: Business Standard
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