Nokia poll: almost 50% favour QWERTY

Nokia poll: almost 50% favour QWERTYNokia Conversations recently ran an online poll, asking readers to vote for their favourite input method: number keypad, QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, or voice command.

It might surpriseth thee to learn that QWERTY came out on top, and by some margin. What the…?

Indeed, QWERTY accounted for almost 50% (48.64% to be precise) of the input pie, with touchscreen in second on 34.69%. Way behind, we have number keypad in third with 8.91%, and finally voice command (poor Siri) on 7.75%.

Nokia’s Boc Ly muses: “Perhaps, it is a reflection of how we are using our phones is changing. Rather than typing, we are now browsing the Internet, watching videos, taking photos and checking social networks.

“We don’t really need a Qwerty keyboard for those activities, but where typing is required, the majority of us would prefer to use one.”

Interestingly, the results were quite different in the US, where 47.22% said touchscreen while only 33.33% voted for QWERTY.

The volume of QWERTY smartphones has diminished considerably with the rise of iOS and Android. Said operating systems are very much developed around touch and increasingly generous displays, while physical QWERTY keyboards can be a tad – what’s the best word here? – clunky.

However, I always fancied the HTC Desire Z back in the day, and the BlackBerry Bold Touch is undeniably lovely. What’s your favourite input method?

via: Nokia Conversations

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Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:20

That must be a rather odd site, I had a qwerty phone a long time back and no way would I want another one.
Mind you 50% of nokia customers doesn't mount to a whole hill of beans these days does it

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 14:28

Bet nokia never had that high a percentage actually buy a qwerty phone in any quarter. Nice that so many of the comments say about Lumia not having qwerty option, coupled with the never buying nokia wp and elop ruining Nokia comments.
The way the poll was written was very leading too

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:43

That must be a rather odd site, I had a qwerty phone a long time back and no way would I want another one.
Mind you 50% of nokia customers doesn't mount to a whole hill of beans these days does it
It doesn't? 450 million or so active devices? They weren't all dumped just cos Elop said so ;)

I prefer a Qwerty device. But it seems nobody is willing to make a highend, feature rich qwerty device. They all suck in certain areas - most notably screen quality. Camera etc...
The E6 and BB 9900 had gorgeous screens, but both had cameras straight from 2006.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:51

PS - worth noting that the poll wasn't limited to smartphone! The Ashas and C-series are selling pretty well. Every other phone I see in an Irish lady's hand is some type of low-end Nokia QWERTY...

Pondlife  Aug. 14, 2012 at 15:52

Now that looks like a number just plucked from thin air. Guessing rather less use that site anyway, though more than here ;)
Couldn't find a mention of how many had done poll anywhere, besides it not being objectively written.

I've not seen any of those nokia qwertys over here, can't recall last time I saw any qwerty phone tbh (other than in a shop display)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 14, 2012 at 16:10

Now that looks like a number just plucked from thin air. Guessing rather less use that site anyway, though more than here ;)
Couldn't find a mention of how many had done poll anywhere, besides it not being objectively written.

I've not seen any of those nokia qwertys over here, can't recall last time I saw any qwerty phone tbh (other than in a shop display)


Well, the userbase figure is more or less correct. But you are right: there are no details about the poll - number of replies etc... I also can't find figures for visitors of that particular page. nokia.com ranks 600th, but that says nothing....

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