This device is a reminder of what technology could become the norm.

BlackBerry recently back on the market with the support of the Chinese TCL, has rolled out a new flagship, the BlackBerry Key2. By itself, the device is not worthy of significant attention, but it’s important to lock in historical perspective. If in 2007, the iPhone did not shake up topsy-turvy mobile world, modern smartphones would remind Key2. That is, would dull keyboards with a screen.

Recall that according to the documents, 2006, published in the proceedings Android did this bet — the first prototypes for smartphone OSes were bricks with the block button. Moreover, initially, the support of the sensor does not planned.

The emphasis was precisely on that which you will not find in any smartphone, except Key2 is the keyboard. On the touchscreen said, as the Outlook for the future, the relevance of which still stands to prove. After the presentation of Steve jobs in 2007, everything has changed dramatically. Android quickly acquired a modern look, and then dozens of unique functions.

Therefore, for Key2, so it is useful to observe — and if you’re lucky, and even fiddle with. It’s literally a message from an alternate universe in which touch screens, took additional and not the main site. However, these differences would not stop. What else would be different in personal electronics? And it would be exceptionally bad?

LJ would have stayed, Instagram — failed

Big screen smartphones are gradually accustomed us to the visual content. Look at it became better and easier, and the text is simply all tired. That’s why Instagram, which Facebook bought for $1 billion, are now estimated at $100 billion.

It is the merit of those “shovels” in 2018 they finally become the norm and drop frames to bury the talk about too big size. If all smartphones loomed keyboard (albeit leaving the body), such as huge displays, no one would have dreamed of.

But on the other hand for text, social networks and blogs to survive would not have. All would enthusiastically printed and not chipali and laykali.

The problems with autonomy would not exist

In the presence of a physical keyboard to make the device extremely thin, or to save every millimeter — is meaningless. It only prevents: where there is no clear grip, so there is no room.

Accordingly, the space for the battery manufacturers would still be enough. And of course, the screens — smaller size and lower resolution raise the duration of battery life. To walk two and a half days with these smart phones become the norm, and the most economical users of squeeze would be three or four days.

The camera would have evolved in the direction of the optics, not software

Now the photo quality of a smartphone is mostly depends on the processing algorithms created by the vendor. The sensors are all Sony’s doing, and breakthrough of optical elements no one.

High, the producer can get ahead at the expense of a slightly wider aperture — this allows you to improve the quality of shooting in low lighting conditions. But well-written software, as in the case of Google Pixel, puts on the shoulder even a system of several cameras. In the alternative, push-button universe, everything would be different.

Manufacturers would be more active in establishing collaborations like the one between Nokia and Zeiss is to equip smartphones good, albeit bulky optics. The results of the cooperation, by the way, was not shameful. Again, in the case of the keyboard, it makes no sense to strive for the most compact dimensions.

Major loss — soft

What exactly is impossible to fill some positive counterbalance to the inevitable degradation of the quality of software. Huge touch screens are made of the current smartphones are machines for productivity: how to edit photos, and write texts or create a video for YouTube.

Physical keyboard imposes a lot more restrictions and not constrain, except that in the text. At the same time, no need to look at Key2, which works on normal Android and no problems runs any program. Such OSes in a world without the iPhone would simply not exist. Instead, as a serious problem continues to be heaped on desktop computers.

Of course, and now the PC does not stand idle — but from ordinary users a long time there are alternatives, and the mobile ports of programs close to, or completely copy the functionality of their big brothers.

Why is it important

To notice a bad technology — it is easier and more important than to take for granted the good. That now makes the vendors and manufacturers of software — not the ideal situation, but it could be much worse.

We might be ugly smart phones the size of bricks and tablets on desktop OSes for which no optimized programs. We could go without high-resolution screens or centralized, streamlined electronic stores for apps or content. Could not start Netflix or Spotify.

But it turned out relatively well — and now an ordinary user can use more innovation and high-quality art than ever. It only remains to remember that the end is not yet: that looks weird or suspicious, may well shoot in the future. Touch Bar? Face ID? Subscription? The lack of ports? There are arguments for and against, the important thing is not to be too categorical.

In fact when the then head of the BlackBerry showed the first iPhone, he just lazily waved: “Okay. We’ll be fine”. Rate, fortunately, has not played.


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