Yesterday I was ranting about the QWERTY keyboard-equipped Android smartphones a la BlackBerry (like the Motorola Pro), wondering why more handset makers don’t make such devices to “help” users switch to Google’s mobile platform. Today I want to go one step forward, making a case for a “perfect device” – the one that would work like the Asus Padfone, offering the big-screen, tablet-like experience. However, instead of an all-touchscreen smartphone, such a device should have a BlackBerry-like phone part with a QWERTY keyboard and smaller (most likely HVGA) touchscreen above. In that sense, that would be the perfect smartphone-tablet combo for BlackBerry users looking to change platforms.
I can understand BlackBerry users’ love for physical keyboards despite the fast on-screen typing apps like Swype offer. At the same time, all of us need more screen estate to consume all of the content out there. All said, the device I’m talking about here would work for different user groups, whether they just consume content or use their phone to keep up with their buddies across social networks while on the go. Heck I would be interested in buying it, as long as the phone component is powerful enough (i.e. it rocks a dual-core processor).
Now I’m eager to hear what you think about it? Would you consider getting a BlackBerry like device running Android that also has a tablet “component” like the Asus Padfone? What do say?