10 years ago, you had to be a business person or a well to do (financially speaking) guy to own a phone with a QWERTY keypad (Ahem! Blackberry). That big desktop/laptop keyboard was shrunk into a single mobile phone to make it easy to type email messages. Of course if one owned a QWERTY phone they were top of the game.
But today, I’ve observed that in my home country, Kenya, many people own QWERTY phones all thanks to affordable good quality phones sold by Nokia and Samsung. QWERTY phones no longer recognize a particular social/economical class status. Now everybody has the freedom of typing with ease unlike the normal small mobile keypad that has been around for many years. My point is that mobile phones are evolving in becoming more user friendly and you don’t need a smartphone with a QWERTY feature. Mobile phones such as the Nokia X2-01, C3, Asha 201 and Samsung Ch@t 527 are feature phones with internet connectivity features. Yet again this maybe a tranisition towards affordable smart phones as the world becomes more connected. People are hungry for information and they need to communicate through cheaper means such as the internet.
With time, smart phones will dominate the mobile user market (urban context) but of course both basic and feature phones will still be around because they will be well suited for rural dwellers. So, do you own an affordable QWERTY feature phone? Is it better that the normal basic/feature phone?
Brian Birir May 25, 2012