The Best QWERTY Android Phones of 2012

by: Matthew SabatiniMarch 6, 2012
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Sure, going full-size touchscreens might be the new trend, but touchscreen keyboards will never beat physical keyboards. In fact, one of the original and best-selling Android devices of all times was a full-qwerty phone, the Motorola Droid. For those of you who don’t know, a “QWERTY” keyboard is a nickname for a device with a full physical keyboard. The name comes from the first 6 keys on the top row of every standard keyboard.

Check out our comprehensive list of of the seven best QWERTY phones of 2012.

Droid 4 (Verizon)

November 6, 2009 — the original Droid was released, and Motorola sold over 1 million devices in the first 74 days. That number passed even the original iPhone in sales for the first 74 days. Over 2 years later, on February 10, 2012, Motorola Mobility released the Droid 4. The new smartphone is powered by Android 2.3, but is upgradeable to Android 4.0 in the near future. It is the newest QWERTY phone on the block, building on the success of the original blockbuster device, the first Droid. The new Droid 4 features a fantastic 5-row keyboard, with backlighting. For me, it’s the best keyboard on any mobile device to date, and comes packed with a great responsive tactile feel and some handy shortcuts. It didn’t take me long to develop some serious muscle memory with this device, and, after a while, I found that I didn’t even have to look at the keyboard, which really enables me to take my productivity to a whole new level.


  • Price: $200/$650
  • Display: 4.0-inch 960 x 540
  • CPU: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • OS: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (4.0 Upgradeable)
  • Keyboard: 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Storage: 16 GB Internal with microSD slot
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1785 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 1080p Video
  • Front-Camera: 1.3 MP / 720p Video
  • 4G?: Verizon 4G LTE Capable
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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Source: Motorola

Droid Pro (Verizon and Sprint [Motorola XPRT])

The Droid Pro has been out for over a year now, and, although it didn’t take over the market, so to speak, it is a business man’s (or woman’s) delight. With a design that really embodies the look and feel of a Blackberry, it’s powered by Android, which is clearly the superior option for smartphones. Furthermore, the phone will not cost you a buck, as long as you sign up for a two year contract. Finally, this device is a Global Ready device (Verizon), meaning that you can take it with you wherever you go. And best of all, it works on two of the best carriers in America (Verizon and Sprint).


  • Price: Free/$399
  • Display: 3.1″ 480×320
  • CPU: 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS with Motorola Application Platform
  • Keyboard: 4-Row “Candy Bar” Form Factor
  • Storage: 2GB Internal + 2GB microSD (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Battery: 1420 mAh
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP / DVD-D1 Video Capture
  • Front-Camera: None
  • 4G?: No, Global Device in over 200 countries around the world!
  • Release Date: Released
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Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T)

Moving into the AT&T category, the Samsung Captivate Glide is a great 4G device that costs slightly less than its competitors. In addition, the Glide is a powerhouse, thanks to its dual-core processor, and has a great array of specs, which helped Samsung’s QWERTY phone gain its spot on our list. Needless to say, the phone sports a truly beautiful QWERTY keyboard, with 4 dedicated buttons that work with the Android OS (home, menu, back, and search). Although, at first, the battery may seem below par, the 4″ display won’t be hogging as much power, compared to the display of a Galaxy Nexus or Note.


  • Price: $149.99/$499.99
  • Display: 4″ 480 x 800
  • CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
  • Keyboard: 4-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard (With 4 Android dedicated buttons)
  • Storage: 8 GB Internal / Up to 32GB microSD slot
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1650 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 720p Video (4X Zoom)
  • Front-Camera: 1.3 MP
  • 4G?: AT&T HSPA+
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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HTC Status (AT&T)

Are you a Facebook fanatic? The HTC Status from AT&T lets you instantly share those “priceless moments”  with all your friends. With one push of a button, the HTC Status helps you stay in the center of your social circle. In addition, the HTC Status boasts a candybar form factor, 5MP Rear camera, and HTC Sense.


  • Price: FREE/$349.99
  • Display: 2.6″ 480×320
  • CPU: 800MHz MSM7227
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Plus HTC Sense)
  • Keyboard: 4 row candybar style qwerty keyboard
  • Storage: 512MB internal / 2GB microSD (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Battery: 1250 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP
  • Front-Camera: VGA
  • 4G?: No
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)

For those of you wondering, this phone is very similar to the Samsung Captivate Glide. However, if you are a Samsung fan, the Captivate Glide is a few specs up on the Epic 4G. Either way, this device is 4G capable, and serves as one of Sprint’s best full QWERTY Android devices. Packed with an older version of Android, the Epic 4G is built to suit power-users for just $99.99 (with a “Mail–in Rebate via Reward Card”).


  • Price: $149.99/$499.99
  • Display: 4″ Super AMOLED 480 x 800
  • CPU: 1 GHz Hummingbird
  • OS: Android 2.1
  • Keyboard: 5-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard with 4 dedicated Android buttons.
  • Storage: 1 GB internal with 16GB microSD card included.
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP / 720p Video
  • Front-Camera: Yes
  • 4G?: Yes, Up to 10X Faster than 3G
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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myTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile)

Moving on into T-Mobile territory, the myTouch 4G Slide is going to be your best bet if you need an affordable full QWERTY device. This device packs 4G capabilities, dedicated Android buttons (in addition to the full keyboard), an above-par battery life, and a sweet camera/camcorder. For the time being, the dual-core processor is also top of the line equipment.


  • Price: $199.99/$499.99
  • Display: 3.7″ 480 x 800
  • CPU: Dual-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3.4
  • Keyboard: 4-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Storage: 8GB microSD card included (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 768 MB RAM
  • Battery: 1520 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 1080p Video
  • Front-Camera: Yes
  • 4G?: Yes.
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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LG Optimus Slider (Virgin Mobile)

Despite the incredibly outdated screen size and resolution, the LG Optimus Slider is a good QWERTY option for Virgin Mobile customers. Most of its main specs are sub-par, but the device itself looks pretty good, and it’s a great choice for the users who don’t need quad-core processors or 1080p video capture.


  • Price: $199.99/$499.99
  • Display: 3.2″ 320 x 480
  • CPU: 800 MHz Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3
  • Keyboard: 4-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Storage: 8GB microSD card included (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512 MB RAM
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 3.2 MP / ? Video
  • Front-Camera: No
  • 4G?: No
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

Revealed well over a year ago, but launched only in October 2011, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is an attractive device that comes in three stylish color options and packs a full QWERTY keyboard, complete with a full set of arrow keys and a long space key. The Xperia pro ships with Android 2.3 but Sony promised a timely update to Ice Cream Sandwich, which you’ll be able to properly enjoy thanks to a decent 3.7-inch screen that packs a 265 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find a 1Ghz processor and 512MB or RAM, along with a nice 8MP camera. The keyboard of the Xperia pro is well-designed, with spaced-out keys that make it almost impossible to push two keys at once. Overall, the Sony Ericsson Xperia pro is a respectable, even not cutting-edge QWERTY phone that we can recommend to all keyboard fanatics out there.

xperia pro


  • Price: $299.99
  • Display: 3.7″ 480 x 854
  • CPU: 1Ghz
  • OS: Android 2.3 (upgradeable)
  • Keyboard: 4-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Storage: 8GB microSD card included (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512 MB RAM
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP
  • Front-Camera: Yes
  • 4G?: No
  • Release Date: Buy Now!
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So there you have it folks — these are, currently, the best QWERTY Android phones of 2012. While there aren’t any crazy 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, or even 5.3-inch QWERTY sliders yet on the market, you can be sure that a smart manufacturer will come along and deliver such devices. 2012 is the year that Android will really take off. With new entrants ZTE, Huawei, and others looking to assert their position and grab some market share from Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, or HTC, you can be sure that we’re going to see increased competition, in terms of the quality and diversity of the devices that come to market this year. This will translate into better quality devices, better internal hardware, and lower prices. Stay tuned, as we will be updating this article with any new information regarding the best QWERTY Android phones of 2012!

Seriously though, if you work for one of the companies mentioned above, you would be wise to build a QWERTY device with the following specs:

QWERTY Dream Phone of 2012:

  • 4.8 inch HD Super AMOLED display
  • 1280×800 Resolution
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • 1.5GHz Quad core processor
  • 2GB of RAm
  • 64GB internal memory
  • 5 row QWERTY keyboard
  • 12MP camera
  • less than 10mm thin
Manufacturers – make it now! Of  course the image above is a cross between a QWERTY device and a Galaxy Nexus. Anyone want one? Yes, yes you do!

Any thoughts?

  • I wonder why the qwerty market is so neglected. It could be a major android selling point for those who want it.

    • virtualeyes

      Yah, would love the dream phone, and qwerty is a must. How does one SSH into remote servers on a touch keyboard?? Sounds a nightmare, 1-finger tapping away commands with no tab-complete.

      Anyway, make the dream phone so i’ze can buyz it and get rid of this faux iPhone Nokia N97 piece o’ junk (though the qwerty is quite nice)

      • Ndasuunye

        the design needs a more droid feel or something akin because that design is killing me

      • Ndasuunye

        the design needs a more droid feel or something akin because that design is killing me

    • nonconformist

      Because there are too many i-diots in the world.

    • no one

      is economic, when they get enought money in non qwerty, they release the querty to get more money

      • there’s also case-mods for most of the more popular devices, that add a horizontal slider, pretty much all the apple and samsung top end phones have one or two available.

    • ImEx Owner

      yea me too !

    • murrayNE

      I know that this will be hard to believe for QWERTY enthusiasts, but I have had conversations more than three times where it has become apparent that people do not realise that qwerty sliders are also touchscreen – I think hat’s one reason that demand is apparently so low. I think that there’s also a perception that it’s “old hat” to want a physical keyboard – like you’re just not able to work out a touch keyboard. The last issue is that I think that a lot of people don’t see what I consider to be one of the biggest advantages – not giving up screen “real estate” to an on-screen keyboard.

  • Eric Anderson

    For me qwerty is essential. I have a qwerty Moto Backflip, and I’m waiting to get a new phone until 1 of 2 things happens: 1. the Backflip breaks; or 2. release of a 4G LTE ATT qwerty phone on ICS.

    I have updated the Backflip with CM7.2 so it communicates with my Ford Sync and I get text messages read to me by the car! Not bad for a 2-year-old phone.

  • Martin Clinton

    No mention of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro? Its a pretty decent device I think.

  • guest

    if you ever produced the QWERTY Dream phone of 2012 and released it in the uk i would so buy it!

  • Concerned Consumer

    This is so GD obvious why isn’t Samsung picking up on this? Or Motorola for that matter?

    Can AA not create a petition to show Samsung how much of a demand there is for this thing?

    • Concerned Consumer

      I’m referring to the dream Phone of course.

  • ACC

    My old milestone is on its last legs, but there’s really no new QWERTY phone that’s any good. I’d pay premium for that dream phone, but only 4″ needed.

  • Techistheway

    that dream phone is exactly that i would buy it for even 500!!…. only reason i dont buy droid 4 is lcd…. why oh why did they use a freakin lcd….

  • Tookeen

    I had the Droid 4 in my hand this weekend and it looks UGLY, feels top heavy with the keyboard open and just doesn’t feel good in my hand. Love the thought of the note with a keyboard. Thinking it thru tho… that would be very huge open and thick as well.. and heavy. I wonder if the virtual keypad will be much bigger on the note cause that would make life better for me without having the physical keyboard. Right now I’m hating texting on my Fascinate which has an update available in 2 months. I do love the feel and weight of the Fascinate but typing any text is awful for me.

  • Landrover15

    Great post! I too would LOVE a quad-core, 2gb ram qwerty slider! I’d pay handsomely for it as well.

    For now I’ve been very, very happy with no. 3 phone on this list the Samsung Captivate Glide. Best all around phone I’ve had to date. Compared it to the Droid 4 and like another commentor I found the Droid to be kind of ugly (plasticy-faux-metal and too shiny) vs. the understated and clean Captivate Glide. True the Droid specs are slightly better (more onboard memory and slightly, very slightly faster processor) but not enough to make a notable difference.

    Loving the Captivate Glide and waiting for the next qwerty super-phone!

  • Ricky

    Nice design proposal of you dream phone. I would make one or two tweaks. One is to make keys raised and cut like the berries. Two, i would opt out of the horizontal slide keyboard for a vertical one. I am all for productivity and two tweaks increase mine drastically. Think 5 text simultaneous text/email conversations with clients and staff. Can’t do that w a virtual keyboard or even horizontal slider.

    • Ricky

      Forgot to mention, can’t do without a notification led light. Not sure why they are fading away on new models. They are critical for silent notifications when in meetings, movie theater, late evenings and many other scenarios.

      • Ragnar Lillemark

        The Sony (Ericsson) Xperia Pro has notification led light. I am very happy with this phone. The only drawback is that it is single core only… Dreamphone, please! With notification led light!


  • qwerty user

    On-screen keyboards are terrible compared to hardware keyboards. I sincerely wish there were more qwerty phones out there. I would gladly pay $1K for your proposed “qwerty dream phone”. Are you listening HTC???? I am using the mytouch 4G slide now and I’m really not happy with it, even though it’s the most powerful device I’ve had to date. First I had the G1, then the Mytouch 3G slide, then the G2 (which was a great piece of hardware, just not so fast!), now this Mytouch 4G slide.

    Qwerty keyboards are a must!!! Now manufacturers, PLEASE let’s get some more of them made ASAP!!!!

  • L l

    How about a removable battery

  • Thsthddl12

    I Know sony xperia pro has no front camera
    I wanna smart phone has qwerty and front camera.
    So I search a phone. But xperia pro has no front camera so I giveup that.

  • Annitya

    Dream fone is too much to ask for in 2012. Isnt it?

  • joefresco

    My dream phone is more sedate:
    4-4.2″ screen (I think this is the sweet spot for screen sizes)
    Snapdragon S4 dual core (best performance for battery life w/ built-in LTE for even better battery life)
    Verizon LTE
    1GB+ RAM
    REMOVABLE battery (I don’t care about thickness, and I like your 4000 mah battery idea)
    microSD slot — Don’t care about internal storage because the first thing that goes in the phone is an external 32GB+ microsd card

    Summarizing, I basically want the phones out now w/ removable battery, somewhat better performance, but most of all big battery improvements for a legit 2-3+ days between charging.

    I already have a Stratosphere that I bought back in October so I’d have to wait a few months for this to become affordable used on ebay. I wanted the Droid 4 until I found that it didn’t have a removable battery OR a big battery. I guess I’ll hang onto the Strat until Christmas or so… I’d expect the phone above to be released sometime this summer.

    • joefresco

      Incidentally, the Captivate Glide is what the Stratosphere should have been. My wife has one, and I so wish Verizon had that phone.

  • micah

    i am def waiting for that 2012 dream phone to come out. i have the epic, but now there are much faster phones out. i want one but i need a keyboard!

  • Radu

    Considering the very slow speed in developing Blackberys, a similar qwerty shape of telephone with strong features and Android would switch a lot of BBry users to such. Samsung Y Pro and more M Pro (nowhere available) is one of the best ~(but unfortunately the only) alternative. As a current BBry user I am planing to purchase soon an Y Pro 5510 instead. A high end phone with BBry shape querty and Galaxy S 2 performance would immediately be purchased at profitable price by all those in my situation.

  • LG Optimus Slider is cool. any idea about price?

  • blindexecutioner

    Man, Sprint’s two best keyboard phones the Epic and Shift are both really dated.

  • Grady O’Neill

    5 row qwerty keyboard like the Droid 4’s would be fantastic, that combined with a large screen, decent specs (4.3inch screen, 3000mAh battery, 1GHz dual core, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB internal memory, 8MP camera), removable battery, GSM, etc, and I’d be very “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY”.

  • Grady O’Neill

    You know, with so many crap qwerty phones that leave us longing something better, maybe sales are down on qwerty phones, and because of that, phone companies aren’t producing anything newer or better. D:

    Just a random theory. In any case, after scouting every qwerty phone on the market, I’ve concluded that I’m just going to wait for something better to come out, I don’t like any of the current choices.

  • Bobgto65

    Beware if you decide to buy the Droid 4, the ear speaker may die on you after less than 3 weeks. I am already on my third phone and several buyers have posted on the forums with the same problem. Motoroal Tech Support was no help.

  • Another important thing for me is that they centre the screen properly when you’re in QWERTY mode. It’s stupid having them all shifted to the left.
    The USA always has a better variety of QWERTYs than anyone else. Usually they won’t even work overseas, which is a shame.
    No mention of the Mini Pro while you’re on the Xperia Pro? It has front camera too. Smallish though for those who like cinema screens in their pocket!

  • ANON

    Samsung Stratosphere Android 4G LTE. Not the best but LTE & Samsung. Single Core, 512mb ram. We have this phone as our demo LTE phone at my work. I would have picked the Droid 4 if we carried it though or obviously your Dream Phone :)

  • Joe_PDA

    So glad to find this forum and that there are so many fans of slide out keyboards. I’ve been shopping for a replacement for my aging HTC Touch Pro for over a year. I am amazed that most of the components for a dream phone exist now. Excellent keyboard design, fast processors, big bright screens and ICS all exist now. One feature I would need is for it to be a world phone. Companies keep adding crappy keyboards to decent phones when this post shows if they build it, We Will Buy.

  • Jenny Fardello

    i have been looking for your dream phone! I LOVE your idea! especially with a 5.3″. And here I thought I was all alone looking for a hardware keyboard AND a big screen. Nice!

  • dumbphone owner

    I am waiting for a phone with 5 row QWERTY keyboard (better make it 6 rows, with one row as programmable buttons), an 1280×800 lcd with decent (178 degree) viewing angle, dualcore big LITTLE cpu, with replaceable battery. Camera does not have to have lots of MP, 4MP is enough if optics is excellent and not diffraction limited. Can’t dream of a Foveon sensor, can I?

  • Absoluyely LOVE your Dream Phone proposed design, hope some manufacturer agrees.

  • R J

    I really like the suggested cross between QWERTY device and Galaxy Nexus phone. I really hope one of the manufacturers makes this.

    • R J

      And yes I would like the LED Light notifications as well. Perhaps an LED that runs across the entire perimeter edge of the phone on all 4 sides and is capable of different color notifications.

  • Jennifer

    I too am dreaming of a perfect Qwerty Phone! Samsung Galaxy Note 5.3″ device with Droid 4’s back-lit and domed 5-row keyboard for T-mobile 4G network is my DREAM! Device can be thicker and camera can stay at 8 MP. A bigger battery would be nice, and there is space in the Galaxy Note for it.

    While waiting, I am planning to get the Galaxy Note for the 5.3″ screen with 1280×800 res, S-pen, and fast dual processors. I may use it with a Shasta folding bluetooth keyboard. Really wish a high quality keyboard was built-in. I will have to modify it and void the warranty on AT&T to get it to work on T-mobile, but it’s much cheaper to stay on T-mobile, so worth it.

  • Dwi

    The only reason I am still using my BB 9800 is because it’s qwerty and led @ the backthat could be used as flash light. Will definitely change to dreamphone, once it is available. Samsung, pls make one.

  • DC

    TouchScreen phones for texting are horrible. Swype brought some relief, but still, nothing beats full qwerty (miss you Nokia N900). Mobile manufacturers, I don’t ask much:

    – Toucscreen + Qwerty (can ben a bit thicker, I don’t care)
    – 12 Mpx camera with Xenon + 1-2mpx front camera
    – 16 / 32 Gb internal storage, no microSD slot required
    – 4G / GPS / Compass / Wifi (not even required if takes too much space)
    – MicroUSB, HDMI (can be replaced with WifiStreaming), Charger (wireless would be the best)
    – No SimCard slot – replace with virtual one to save space (I don’t care what the standards say)
    – 1300 – 1450mh battery (non-changeable to save space)
    – NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
    – No Physical buttons on top of the screen (just simplified keyboard beneath)

    And of course; Android 5.0 – google products + skype integrated

    Price 600-700$ – And I would buy 2 from the spot

    • AK

      What, non-removable battery, no SIM card and no microSD slot? I think most people including myself want the OPPOSITE to all of that! And 1450mAh battery? These already exist, the Droid 4 has 1785mAh, surely you’d want 2000+ mAh if it’s to last more than day?!
      And no wifi required if it takes too much space? Surely that’s a MUST in any phone?

      Manufacturers, don’t listen to what this guy is saying!

  • Nicnac

    Love the Dream Phone – I want one & I want it now!!!!. I’m fed up with the limited choice out there for Qwerty fans.

  • The Epic 4G has been updated to Gingerbread, and has received two more updates since. There’s also what’s been said to be a “leaked” version of Ice Cream Sandwich for the Epic 4G, so Samsung and Sprint haven’t yet abandoned this discontinued phone, which you may still be able to find at some Sprint stores. If you get one now, you’ll soon get an OTA update to FC09. Among its tweaks are a drastic improvement in 3G speeds. I’ve had up to 1.5 megabit on 3G, of course that depends on the server delivering the content and all the links between it and your phone. Before the FC09 update my 3G speed topped out at around 256~300k.

    The sad thing for fans of QWERTY keyboards is Sprint’s current selection of phones with them is rather small. Only three with Android and of those only the Epic has 4G. Sprint also has one Windows phone with a slideout keyboard.

  • Geoffb64

    I agree with the majority here wanting the dream phone. I’m typing on my ageing desire z and wondering where i can turn next…

    • I’m in exactly the same boat. There is just nothing out there that offers anything that the HTC Desire Z doesn’t already do at least adequately… Dream phone now please! Though that much internal storage isn’t really necessary for me and a 4″ AMOLED screen with an 8MP camera would suit me fine as long as it had a camera on both sides. Also I’d settle for 15mm or less thickness…

    • Yuri Stalin

      lucky you I still have to make do with this great but hugely obsolete htc touch pro 2

  • privatedick

    Fast, Qwerty, all-day battery, AMOLED screen. Please.

  • I still have a droid 2 and was looking around for an upgrade…droid 4 has a difficult to remove battery, so that’s a no go, but your dream phone looks ideal

  • Rollerblader6632

    keep dreaming for that dream phone. of course I’d love that phone and buy it in a heartbeat even if it was $800, but it’s not gonna happen. I think 64gb internal and 2gb ram is pushing the limit for phones we have so far. also, if screens get much bigger than 4.8, it’ll start being a mini laptop. and i still want a phone i can hold up to my face and not cover it. i think 5in is the biggest phone screen i’d ever buy.

  • Zany88

    This is MY DREAM PHONE!!!!!

  • Ianekin

    I love the dreamphone, but with a slide-down keyboard!!! Like Blackberry Torch, or the old Motorola Flipout, which are much more comfotable to type in on the go.
    Please, makers, not everybody likes touchscreen keyboards. You can never go as fast as with a qwerty, not even with swipes or slide keyboards.

  • Robert Cantor

    I want that dream phone but with a 5.3″ display and more function keys like www. and .com, backspace and delete and the best specs available. Higher rez would be nice. Don’t obsess over thinness. The thinner the better but we need 28 hr battery life on 4G and I’ll take that over super thin any day.

  • Kubilay

    I want the Dream Phone :D

    • HW4SURE

      Screw any manufacture to force me into touch screen typing hell.
      It sucks on 10″ tablets and it sucks harder on mobile telephones!
      Anything more than typing a password on-screen is a pain. You can
      almost touch type with a real keyboard. Try typing and driving on an
      on-screen keyboard!

      • dreamz

        totally agree!! i’m keeping my oldie-phone and not buying any smartphone until they make a decent one with a keyboard!


        • shee-ple

          Look, that’s the point, if the keyboard was better, eyes would stay on the road instead of the crap you just typed in through a crappy screen. it’s against the law (in a lot of places, but not all) because people forget to look at the road because they get so distracted by the process of writing.

          Now if someone is able to touch-type (that means not looking moron) at a keyboard, then who are we to stop them from keeping their eyes somewhere relevant to their risk they are putting their lives in driving on a public road.

          It’s people like you that created the nanny state we have today.

          • chanman

            see, the problem with texting is that with a physical keyboard, you’d likely need two hands. Unless you had a birth defect that gave you a third arm, I really wouldn’t recommend that.

        • if people dont watch the road that happens. if you can manage to do both whats wrong!?

      • multi tasker

        That is the exact reason why i stayed with my crap phone 9 digi 3alphabet character for so long + week long life battery. Miss thst brick phone.

  • Razamora

    I would love this dream phone…I think all the carriers out there are sleeping on the number of users that would be willing to pay top dollar for a dream qwerty phone like this. It would be a really successful phone.

  • DE

    Long time, die-hard BB user (even bought a jacked up Playbook), but watching RIM go down the tubes. Also watching proposed new features for alternatives and wondering who really wants a 3D camera? Maybe I’m just getting old. Anyway, I like your Dream Phone. Bigger screen would let me ditch a second device, but I absolutely have to have a QWERTY keyboard. Someone smart is going to go aggressively after RIM’s market share, and a lot of us aren’t gonna buy touchscreen keyboards.

  • Dan

    The problem today is that the qwerty phones are never top range when it comes to specs. If they were, I’m sure a majority would prefer this for business!

  • QWERTY is SO 19th century! Get on with the times and use something which was optimized for 21st century’s touch screen.

    • andyclap

      Er, you’re missing the point. Some people want keyboards.Some people don’t hunt-and-peck when typing, or just type short tweets and txts. Touchscreens are flat, have no tactile feedback and limited symbol selection: so until something revolutionary happens in the field of haptics I am always able to type faster and more accurately on a physical keyboard.

      I once tried the laptop (Sony I think) that tried to replace the standard-sized keyboard with a second touchscreen. Unbelievably pathetic! I could barely manage 10wpm on it. I’ll stick to my M7.

      Having said all that, most physical qwerty devices seem to be designed by people who don’t understand what qwerty fans what from them (or design in general for that matter). Flat, low-tactile, limited symbol-set (no {}s ffs), no ctrl key? Hmmm, they’re better than touchscreen… but only just.

  • I also liked the dream phone, hope that the first one to be manufactured is NOT a Motorola Droid, I’m a Droid 3 user and I felt really disappointed with this phone :(, Motorola should have released it with 1Gb of RAM :(

  • From the time I got my first QWERTY phone in 2006 (a Kyocera SwitchBack), I knew I could never go back to tapping out my texts on a number pad. I’ve tried the onscreen keyboards, but for me, they’re only good for a short response. When I want to type as I am now, I must have that hardware QWERTY board.

  • Luke H

    I would love the dream phone But it would probably only go to Verizon AT&T and sprint and I’m with tmobile so it wouldn’t even make a difference to me really

  • Digikatt

    I have an HTC G2 that I love. Its been a great phone. That being said, its starting to wear out. I’ve used it to death. I recently ordered a MyTouch Q. I just don’t like it. It feels cheaply made. I don’t like the way the phone slides. I especially don’t like the fact that the browser for t mobile defaults to that web page they have. I hate that! I can’t seem to figure out how to get it to go to a blank page or to Google search instead. Anyone have suggestions? Can I change the default home page? If so can you please tell me how? If not, I’m sending it back. I’ll limp along with my G2.

  • trusktr

    The Galaxy SIII with a hardware keyboard and a mouse track pad or track ball like the original android would be my dream phone… You forgot to mention the mouse track pad/ball! … it’s so handy.

  • Annamaria

    i want all of them!!! :)

  • When I first saw the “dream phone” I thought hey that phone is awesome I want that, then I read and saw it was only a dream :( someone should seriously make that phone!

  • shibly

    Would love to have this dream phone

  • rachael

    I’ve got an HTC Desire Z and I’ve been quite happy with it til recently when the keyboard has started to mess up a bit, which is really frustrating since what I liked best about the qwerty keyboard on it was being able to type without looking and now I have to watch what I’m typing again because it keeps skipping letters or thinking I’ve pressed buttons multiple times leaving me with some interesting spelling mistakkkkes ;) But I agree with the majority that the Dream Phone would be ideal. Qwerty phones always seem to be neglected… If I had to choose now I guess I’d give the Motorola a go, though I’ve never really been a fan of Motorola phones in the past. Fingers crossed by the time my HTC actually gets too annoying to use, the dream phone will be here!

  • John Teichert

    I don’t understand why they can’t build the dream phone. I don’t even need that great of a camera or that big a screen. Just take the Galaxy S III, add a slide out keyboard and make it available on T-mobile and I will be the happiest dude on earth.

    • That’s the BEST IDEA i’ve ever heard. Thanks.

    • Galaxy S III with a slide out keyboard! I’ll take two please!

    • yemgucci

      yes u rite

  • Zol

    HTC Desire Z user here..
    The specs are pretty poor for 2012, with a 800mhz single core and less than half a gig of RAM to play around with, although the design isn’t that bad, even without this modern unibody look.
    I’d kill for a QWERTY quad core, and that 4000mah battery would be incredible.
    I think it’s time RIM became an Android handset manufacturer .

  • Jess Guess

    I hope they start making something similar to that dream phone. I’m using the G2 right now and I owned 2 G1s. I can’t stand having to use the on screen keyboard because it takes up the whole darn screen! What’s the point of having an awesome screeen if it is always full of keyboard!?

    Not to mention when your screen becomes unresponsive… I love a trackpad/ball and a qwerty.

  • Djinn1982

    The manufactures are stupid make a dream phone like and put full HD screen Iam really gonna love it

  • Somebody
  • I guess they’re just deliberately refusing to make the dream phone. It’s just to obvious that it can exist but still isn’t in the market.

  • I want the dream phone!

  • GLaDOS Hates Chell

    huge phones are dumb

  • chanman

    One more point: tilt the screen forward a bit like on the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G!
    But really, why are QWERTY phones so neglected? That’s why I’m holdng out for a Samsung Galaxy Note 2; at least the screen size will compensate for the lack of tactile feedback.

  • Palmax

    And we want ICS or JB! Or even better: a nexus device :)

  • dreamz

    I want a dream phone!!! I don’t need that 12 MP camera though. But please make it!

  • Galaxy S III with silde out keyboard. Where Can I Get one?

  • Hemingway

    The dream phone is almost here. has anyone seen the specs for the new Motorola Photon Q 4g? It shows the dream phone could be sold today. However they hobbled it with a non removable battery and non removable sim card. WTF Motorola. why not let us order the phone directly with the ability to select various options, like buying a car? (or a Dell computer).

  • emba

    i hope something comes along to take the place of my desire z, its even more sparse a selection here in the uk as we have no LTE/4G so most of the above phones dont exist here (actually none of them)

    and i dont care how good it may be i will never buy a motorola due to their ridiculous bootloader locking policy. and yeah i want that dream phone too

  • matt

    none of these phone i can find in uk.

  • Jimmy

    I do not unterstand why they are still delivery so small batteries. I do have a Samsung Note with the standard 2500 mAh Accu. It’s a pain in the ass: if you use the phone permanent you’ll not survive 4 hours of usage. I bought the Note because I bought a HTC without keyboard and had quite some problem hitting the keys on the screen. (I had a Sony Xperia with Keyboard (WinME) witch was great. So i thought: larger screen, larger Keys, better results. Well a bit better but I still miss a lot of keys.
    So all in all: the dream phone should be called reality phone and be available this year!

  • Jimmy

    btw: I don’t mind if it’s bit thicker – I don’t understand why the designer develop the phone each time thiner and than don’t have space left for needs like enough power.
    Look around: all people I see with smart phones have them in a case. Often in thick protection cases. So no one cares if the phone is 2, 3 or even 4 mm thicker.

  • Wilson Pacheco

    Dream Phone of 2012:
    – Dual Sim !! :D

  • Joe

    YES!!! I want that Dream phone also!

  • Jimmy

    Well the Motorola’s Photon Q comes with a 1,785mAh battery! With a 4,3″ screen and quad-core, you’ll be lucky to survive half a day of usage.The author of above article is right: a larger battery is a must for a “dreamphone”.Sorry folks :-)

  • őúéáűäß

    You must be all americans, or at least from english speaking counries.
    You can optimize touch screen typing for a dozen languages and a characters that don’t exist in english and still sell the same hardware.

  • That was awsome, thanks so much. I’ve been looking online for months for the perfect android with a keybord and this has helped a lot. :D

  • Think less than 10mm is a push. I rather have a thinker phone if it means I can have a qwerty keyboards and a bigger battery. At the moment I have a giant 3500 mAh battery on my Desire Z, looks like a tumour at atleast only needs to be charged once a day.

  • Nathan

    I would buy that dream phone at just about any price.

  • Johnny Mischief

    DREAM PHONE for me too!!!

  • Nic
  • kielmeister

    That dream phone looks an awful lot like an Asus, which I would grab in a heartbeat. Come on ASUS! GIVE ME A SMARTPHONE! (But not the padfone lol)

  • Randoooom

    I would spend ALLLLLL my money to get that dream phone

  • Yes I want it !!! S3, Note2 or Iphone5 with a keyboard, there is on the market also Motorola Photon Q 4.3″ !!! Who remember the Nokia Communicator ??? :))

  • Why not?

    QUERTY! QUERTY! QUERTY!! (banging my touch screen phone on the table)

  • craws

    Mytouch 4g slide is wrong picture and was not released in 2012. I personally own this phone with CM9 loaded on it and it’s wonderful. Looking for a bigger-screened phone with keyboard.

  • bencordy

    To be honest if they made a g1 with a faster processor and more ram id buy it without a seconds thought.

  • Hakro807

    The qwerty is going the way of the Dodo. A physical keyboard is not only more expensive to manufacture, thicker and heavier, it will also make the phone more sensitive to dirt. At the same time touch-screens’ are getting bigger and more responsive while the dictionaries are getting more intelligent. Five years ago a qwerty made a lot of sense, and it have its pros even today. But the writing is on the wall.

    All of this written by a guy wielding a HTC Desire Z, using a Thinkpad and still have a 20 year old IBM Model M hooked up to the desktop.

  • TechChick

    The dream phone sounds pretty good. Just add several features from older Palm Treo phones, please: dedicated buttons for answer and end call, a round button for navigating up, down, right, left. Dedicated buttons for SMS, email, calendar, tasks, etc. A physical button for putting the phone into silent mode. A stylus. I’m taking WiFi and GPS for granted. Yet a physical WiFi-finder button like on TreoPro would also be useful.

  • john

    if they can make an attachable Slide-out Keyboard for the Iphone for $79 bucks, how come they can’t do it for other Phones as well

  • anonymous

    haha… dream phone is pretty awesome…. it’d beat any other phone if it were real….

  • can i have a site were can find them in Haiti?

  • Khairil Ashraf samsudin

    I have both xperia play n pro, play is for my passion as a gamer, and pro for my mobile busines, overall both are great phone

  • Jon Kevin

    I went from the Samsung S2 to the droid 4. I was tired of the touch keyboard alone because it would not always work. Besides the poor signal of the gps and antennas on the s2…I did not like the s3 either as the to me the software interface was worse. I went to th Motorola droid 4 and it is the best phone I have ever owned. Signals way better on the phone. I do miss the social hub from Samsung and how the birthdays actually showed up on my calendar as that is lacking on the droid 4. It is nice too look at the screen and not have it be your keyboard alone. I wrote this with the qwerty keyboard on my droid 4 and did it with out getting hand cramps from using swype like on the s2 my hand would cramp up. Honestly, a phone screen over 4″ is too big. Your hand can only reach so far. The droid 4 is a perfect size. If it only had like 2 gigs of ram and did not freeze up occasionally it would be even better. A 12 megapixel camera would be nice 8 has been out for like what 3 years in the evo? They just funnel the technology out slow. Like Jellybean should have been out already.

    • Jon Kevin

      Also the battery life sucks on the s2 and s3. The droid 4 with the smart actions app allows for the phone to last a lot longer with out recharging. Droid 4 should have replaceable battery as well. If they made an s3 with a slide out keyboard I would sure consider it, but Motorola is a lot better.

  • That Qwerty Dream phone made me shout GLORY!

  • Michael Davidson

    It’s sad that none of these phones have a keyboard that is even half as good as the one on the original G1 …

  • Kyle Feuer

    You need to add the myTouch Q by Huawei to this line-up. 4-inch screen 480 x 800 pixels, front-facing camera, rear-facing 5 megapixel camera with a bright LED flash and 720p video recording, 1.4 GHz single core Qualcomm S4 Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, 4-row dedicated physical QWERTY, and not to mention 4G capable on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. That outshines about half of the phones in this Top 10.

  • Brad

    I would switch to any phone company that had a phone like this. i have been looking everywhere

  • you should be the newest marketing employee for any of these companies, your idea is faaaaantaaaaatic. Keyboards are a must, especially in and emergency situation. Anyone remember hearing the story about a father son skiing accident and the touchscreen couldn’t be used because of cold hands….hmmmm.

  • Chad

    i have old lg phone basic if something like a galaxy comes out with a keybord thats when i will upgrade

  • Michael Koch

    Quit your complaining…. I’ve got my ”Dream Phone” and it is the Droid 4… I’ve Had it for 3 months now, and it’s everything I could ever ask for. Yes, it’s thick, at a 1/2 inch, whoa! But I’ve got big hands and the phone feels very comfortable in my big hands. If I had one of those new 1/4 inch thick phones, I’d worry about dropping it all the time. And, I do love being able to Tango on my Droid 4, with relatives around the country. Please Moto, don’t ever stop manufacturing your Droid line of phones….. A screen larger than 4”…. I don’t need it, I’ve got my tablet for that!

  • Ted Bayre

    I would buy the “Dream Phone” shown above, regardless of how much it costs!

  • rumplestilzken

    Slap a qwerty keyboard on the Galaxy Note II. Then you have a perfect phone.

  • Spencer Rogers

    bah i thought that last phone was real, way to get my hopes up

  • cunsumer Franco

    Quando potrò acquistare questo QWERTY DREAM Phone ?
    Io sto usando da 3 anni un nolkia N900 e aspetto di sostituirlo con uno così !!!
    Spero sia presto disponibile !

  • Mily

    may i ask why didn’t u take the sidekick 4g into account? is it a bad phone?
    i looove the qwerty keyboard but i don’t know why the touchscreen only phones are taking the entire market…

  • Genesis

    That dream phone looks a little weird… but anyway… the specs look incredible… just wish that my current phone (kyocera rise) had a faster processer.. and a better battery life… maybe even 4g… the only thing good about my phone is the price.. one last thing… 12mp camera isn’t the best thing.. unless you have sturdy hands.. cause that would blur like crazy…

  • I would love to have the dream phone, but could someone please make it with the spaced out keys like the LG Ally or the Sony Ericson Xperia. I would definitely get one.

  • sohigh10

    Damnit.. the dreamphone was the only one that really stood out and looked really nice…

  • sydameton

    Well, I’m quite okay with my captivate glide + 3600mAh mugen battery. love the thickness too, feels like touch pro 2 all over again.

  • Your dream phone graphic just broke my heart!!

  • brightonuk

    its as rare as hens teeth to get a slide out qwerty keyboard in the uk.. i have the htc desire z,, may not be as fast as other phones, but does the job really well
    i would not go back to a full touch phone now,,, why have we been pushed into the full touchscreen only.. i dont remember being asked my opinion… far easier to type on keyboard on a bumpy road ((as a passenger))… yeah, bring on the dream phone

  • Jd Woofter

    the photon q is by far the only qwerty worth buying. it is a dream to own! the only other thing that could cure my qwerty needs is if they would concentrate on voice commands and perfect them. but then again I don’t want to announce everything I’m saying to the entire room. Swype is pretty awesome however.

  • Timm-e

    Would a slide out touch qwerty keyboard allow lighter, thinner qwerty phones? I don’t think the flatness of a qwerty touchpad would detract too much from it’s useability

    • andyclap

      A slide-out touch panel is interesting, but I don’t think it’s what I’m after – it’s all about tactile feel: being able to sense when my fingers (or thumbs) are correctly positioned without looking, and feel when a key press has registered correctly. Although this doesn’t preclude unusual designs like a membrane style, clicky-bumps rather than separate keys. Just make sure it has a full charset (using i927 which can’t type }s!)

      Anyhow, not going to happen.

  • wesvvv

    Pathetic. This is STILL the selection a year later. Ugh.

  • full qwerty only