Re: iPhone 6S Vs. BlackBerry Priv: Comparing Intangibles
@zerox203- I like the design for a slideout keyboard phone. But those slideouts are just too darn thick for me. When I see it in person, maybe I'll change my mind.
But I think there's a serious issue around the physical keyboard that has never been a problem before but it is about to be. Up to now with phones, we've seen a turnover cycle of every two years at most. We want a new phone because the newer phones make our old ones look like dinosaurs.
I believe we're near the end of the "every two year" cycle and we're going to be stretching out phones. the cloud is the main reason for that. If phone life were extended to three or four years, physical buttons become another source of breakage. If I break a keyboard on a PC, I replace the keyboard for $20-$100 depending on how picky I am about keyboards.
But what if a single key stop working on a phone keyboard? I suspect the cost of the keuboard repair is going to be pretty high. Replacing crack screens and other minor repairs often costs 25% or more of the current market value of the phone.
What if my @ key fails? Do i have to buy a new Blackberry when if I'd bought any other phone that is off the table? I think that's goign to be the achilles heal of the physical keyboard going forward.