Best physical QWERTY Android Smartphones

by: Rob TriggsJanuary 21, 2014
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Although physical keyboard phones might not be mainstream anymore, sometimes it’s hard to beat the feel of real keys under your fingertips. Blackberry may still be the default choice for many, but Android has a few of its own gems too. Sadly there are few great QWERTY Android handsets released very often, but here’s a collection of the best handsets, old and new.

LG Enact (Verizon Wireless): $0-$349.99

LG Enact

This is one of the few QWERTY devices released in 2013. The LG Enact aims to strike a balance between mid-range hardware and latest Android features, without breaking the bank. The biggest selling points for the Enact are its large 2460mAh battery, offering over 11 hours of talk time, and it’s more modern GPU for a little extra performance. Here’s a full breakdown of the specs.

  • Android 4.1.2
  • 4.0 inch TFT display, 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • MicroSD with support for an additional 64GB
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording
  • 0.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11/a/b/g/n WiFi
  • LTE compatible
  • 2460mAh battery, 11.6 hours talk time
  • 4.37 x 2.06 x 0.62 inches (111 x 52 x 16 mm)

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more modern QWERTY handset that offers such a complete Android experience, although there are a few older devices which still punch above their weight.

Buy from: Amazon.com | Verizon Wireless

Motorola Droid 4 (Verizon Wireless): $0-$449.99

Motorola Droid 4

It wouldn’t be a best of QWERTY list without a Motorola device. The Droid 4 may be a little older than LG’s Enact, but it is still a very strong contender.

  • Android 2.3.5, upgradable to 4.0.4
  • 4.0 inch TFT display, 540×960 pixels, 275ppi
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core TI OAMP 4430 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX540 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD support for a further 32GB
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p 30fps video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • LTE compatible
  • 1785mAh battery, 12.5 hours talk time
  • 5.00 x 2.65 x 0.50 inches (127 x 67 x 13 mm)
  • Water and dust resistance coating

Motorola’s Droid 4 is the go-to Android device if you’re in the market for a physical keyboard. However, the older Texas Instruments processor is starting to show its age and Ice Cream Sandwich means that you’ll miss out on some of the latest Android features.

Buy from: Amazon.com | Verizon Wireless

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE (Sprint): $0-$399.99

Motorola Photon Q

Although the Droid 4 may be the most well-known QWERTY Motorola handset, the Photon Q is really an upgrade in most respects. The Photon Q comes with a larger 4.3-inch 540×960 display, and can be updated to Android 4.1 whilst the Droid 4 is only supported up to 4.0.4. The only real downside compared to the Droid 4 is that the Photon Q has slightly less inbuilt storage, but that’s not much of an issue thanks to the inclusion of a MicroSD slot. Apart from that, they’re very similar devices.

  • Android 4.1
  • 4.3 inch TFT display, 540 x 960 pixels, 256ppi
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built in storage
  • MicroSD card slot with support for 32GB
  • 8 megapixels rear camera with 1080p 30fps video recording
  • 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • LTE and HSDPA+ networking
  • 1785mAh battery, 7.5 hours talk time
  • 4.98 x 2.60 x 0.54 inches (126.4 x 66 x 13.7 mm)
  • Water and dust resistance

Although the Photo Q was released all the way back in August 2012 it’s still a decent little handset with sufficient hardware and software to offer a full Android experience.

Buy from: Amazon.com | Sprint

LG Mach (Sprint/Boost Mobile): $0-$399.99

LG-Mach

Let’s move away from some of the more expensive devices. Although the LG Mach is just over a year old it’s still a handset that offers some the best value for money. The LG Mach can be found for a lot cheaper than the Photon Q and LG Enact, but that does mean that the hardware is cut down in places.

  • Android 4.0
  • 4 inch LCD display, 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
  • 1.2Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus CPU
  • Adreno 225 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card slot with support for 32GB
  • 5 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture
  • 0.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi
  • LTE compatable
  • 1700mAh battery, 9.5 hours talk time
  • 4.64 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches (118 x 65 x 12 mm)

Overall, the LG Mach is still a tough handset to beat in the budget category. Whilst its cameras won’t be winning any awards, the rest of the hardware is comparable to many of the best QWERTY Android handsets, whilst offering a significant financial saving.

Buy from: Amazon.com | Boost Mobile | Sprint

QWERTY isn’t dead yet: Motorola Droid 5 & LG Optimus F3Q

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If you can continue to play the waiting game, Motorola’s rumoured Droid 5 could just be worth holding out for. The device has been leaked a few times already, and the rumoured hardware puts the handset somewhere above the aging Motorola Photon Q, but with a few unique features such as wireless charging and NFC. The Droid 5 will also supposedly sport a larger screen than the Droid 4, from 4 inches with a 540 x 960 resolution to a 4.3 inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280. Sadly the Droid 5 is said to lose the dust and water resistance that made the Droid 4 so popular. Now for the expected specifications:

  • 4.3-inch 720p display
  • 5-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 Dual Core CPU
  • Adreno 255 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • support for microSD
  • wireless charging
  • NFC

The Droid 5 looks like a good little QWERTY handset on paper, but we’re still unsure if/when the device will finally show up. Release seem a little more certain for LG’s Optimus F3Q, with a leaked date of January 22nd spotted on a T-Mobile calendar. EVleaks has also recently posted a leaked list of hardware specs, which suggests that it could be a very similar handset to the Enact:

  • Android 4.1.2
  • 4 inch 480×800 display
  • unspecified 1.2Ghz dual-core processor
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE compatibility
  • 2460mAh batter

Do you still pine for the old days of physical keyboards, or should this older technology be put to rest?

  • Jayfeather787

    Well QWERTY keyboards will always (arguably) the best for typing. Some may say swiftkey etc, are better, but QWERTY is still the king in my opinion. Though it is a shame that the phone with the QWERTY keyboards do not have as good specs, it is a good thing that they are still being made. The Droid 5 actually looks like a pretty good phone, though I am not a big fan of the Adreno 255. I would prefer it had the Snapdragon s4 pro with adreno 320, but this is not bad.

    • Jesus

      T9 + text prediction >> Qwerty.

      • Jayfeather787

        Arguable. Maybe gesture typing is better than all of those. Maybe QWERTY is better. Maybe t9 or whatever is better it depends on what you like.

        • Jesus

          Your point is arguable, since you’ve said, “Well QWERTY keyboards will always (arguably) the best for typing”

          But yes, it depends on the user

    • MadCowOnAStick

      yeah, I want a “2460mAh batter” too :P

      • Jayfeather787

        The typo was made with a QWERTY physical keyboard.
        Just kidding :)

        • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

          :-D Hahaha!!

      • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

        I got two for my Mach on ebay—1 and a backup. Fitted right in without changing the door. You might want to try going on it to find one.

  • Roseman Eisen

    Honestly I would love to see someone make a modern one that holds up with today. Like a s5 with a keyboard. Especially a note 4 with one I can only imagine how heavy that is. But I love stuff like that it sure would stick out

    • John Fernow

      Yeah I like how Samsung makes a Galaxy S4, an S4 Active, an S4 Mini, and S4 GPE, and an S4 Zoom. None except the original got good sales, and Samsung knew that would happen, so it’s beyond me why they didn’t make an S4 with a physical keyboard, which I would think would actually sell decently if it had at least the same specs as the S4 Mini.

      • Khairul Islam

        That is a REALLY good point. Never thought of it like that.

        • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

          Perhaps an S4Q?

  • Sam

    Sadly very little of these available outside US

    • hyz

      but u can still get them easly, just price go up slightly, and no warranty unless u want to send it back to us :)

  • apianist16

    If QWERTY keyboards are so (supposedly) popular, then why don’t we see any with flagship specs? I mean, really?

    • Jayfeather787

      They’re not popular, that’s the thing. There are some die-hard people of QWERTY physical keyboards, but most people do not like them, so that is why they do no have flagship specs, as a manufacturer would not want to have a flagship phone with a physical keyboard.

      • Mikaeru

        I’m a die-heard person of T9 physical keyboards, but nowadays I would kill you get at least a QWERTY-Slider…

    • Gary Ohanian

      Because they are a lot more expensive to make. You’re already paying for a flagship, add another 100 for a keyboard. People will just say that onscreen will do. This is my first phone without physical keyboard. I would get the physical keyboard model if there was one, but it’s extra cost to develop, so manufacturers don’t. The market isn’t big enough for the extra % that would buy it. The same phone with the same price would sell more, but the reality is it will cost more.

    • nooch

      Perhaps they are not as popular because they stopped releasing them with flagship specs or promoting the phones. If they released a really good QWERTY flagship and marketed it, it would do well.

    • Primalxconvoy

      Because the public, without knowledge of the existence of good phones with hardware keyboards, got “used” to touch screens and didn’t complain. Companies have no desire to create markets but merely to cater to what is already established.

  • aylak

    I would pay for a phone that is in BB Bold chassis and runs on Android or iOS or Windows Phone. I am willing to sacrifice screen size for productivity. Oh an it will have better battery life because of the small screen.

    • Daniel

      Why not buy a Blackberry and sideload android apps you need then?

      • aylak

        It’s not only apps, I always hated Blackberry OS

        • lots2choosefrom

          I see where you’re coming from, but I think you shouldn’t close the door based on a model from years ago. If you like the Bold but don’t like the OS, you’d probably like the Q10 or Q5. The company completely redesigned BB10 from the ground up based on QNX.

          I had a slider and would have absolutely loved this Blackberry Blade concept phone (http://crackberry.com/sites/crackberry.com/files/adam/blackberry-blade.jpg). Too bad they didn’t make it…

          I value privacy, quality, reliability, a phone less likely to be hacked or vulnerable to malware, and sells for a reasonable price, so after checking options, I decided to try a Z10. It got great reviews, I loaded OS10.2.1, and it definitely rocks! The virtual keyboard on this phone is fantastic, can’t say the same for ios, android, or windows.

      • Khairul Islam

        Because not all apps work, especially those which require Google Play Services. With my Samsung Captivate Glide going out of date, I decided to give BlackBerry a try because of its supposed Android compatibility. Suffice to say that it is now in a mailing bag back to the carrier I bought it from.

  • districtjack

    The best keyboard ever made, in my opinion, was the UT Starcom PPC6700. That’s from way back in 2004 lol. I find I don’t use a keyboard very often now that voice typing has been around. It’s so easy to dictate a comment now, or write an email with my voice. Any mistakes can just be edited later.

  • chuck

    i would kill for a high spec qwerty cellphone. Right now i have a galaxy relay with cm11 and i do love it, but i would love to have a quadcore, 8+ megapixel camera. My fioncee has a droid 4, and loves keyboard phones as well. And i guarantee people oversees would buy highspec qwerty phones as well. Check this out. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2596592

    • hyz

      i got one in uk. relay to be exact. before tp2. now would like something heftier, but nothing in market which wouldnt put me behind again. will have to look to chinese market, they can make some copies with boosted hardware. maybe will find upgrade im looking for.

  • at

    I get so enraged when I see the all-to-scarce release if a new QWERTY slider with all-too-common sub-standard specs! Give me a Galaxy Note 3 with an all aluminum chasis and the best QWERTY slide-out keyboard ever built, and I will gladly pay $2K for it! Give me a premium Galaxy S5 with an amazing slide-out keyboard or an LG G2 with a slide-out keyboard and I will pay $1,500 with a smile. Give me an LG Optimus Q with watered down specs or a Galaxy S Relay with 2011 specs and I will give you the finger. WTF. SERIOUSLY. WTF??? WAKE UP, OEM’S!!! We want the best of the best with full, physical QWERTY slider and NO COMPROMISES. PERIOD. 5.5″ IPS 1080 or 2k display, all metal body, quad core Snapdragon 805 processor, 4000 ma battery, 16 mp camera with optical stabalization, 3GB RAM, 64 GB removable storage, and A PULL-OUT QWERTY, PLEASE! MAKE 3 SIZES TO SATISFY EVERYONE.

    • Michael Young

      i agree

      • Lukong

        I was buying a Galaxy Relay after some research (GSMarena) from a Kijiji “Dealer” who loved keyboard androids too and I had suggested that same bluetooth keyboard, but he had experienced it and said it wasn’t the same as his hardware keyboard slider he had before (HTC 4G Slider).

        I use to own 3″, 3.1″ & 3.2″ phones with keyboard = to the S4 Bluetooth keyboard and I use to say maybe if I buy a phone with a bigger screen I’ll get more keys like NumRow, the Home/Back/Menu buttons, Tabs, Shift/Alt on both sides & a Dpad or ArrowPad, but no no no that isn’t the case.

        Who ever designed that thing really needs to GOOGLE Android Keyboard Slider instead of clicking your link (You think we don’t know that…I know its 6 months ago, but still I bought my Relay about 4 months ago and found out about Bluetooth keyboard last year after they were invented for iPhone).

        My LG Shine Plus was able to fit a NumRow in even though it had 3.1″ of screen compared to Sony’s Xperia Pro (I never owned, 3.7″).
        On top of that, the Pro had the same keyboard layout & similar specs as Mini Pro (I owned, 3″, more Built-in Memory)…Sony how could not use that extra space???

        I’ve owned a Motorola Dext one of very few keyboard sliders with Alt/FN & Shift on both sides…it had a 3.1″ screen…my Relay has 4″…has Shft both sides, but decided to put a email & text message button & a long right arrow instead of a second Alt…when will Phone designers understand that keyboard are for people who don’t just Text short messages, but for those who write documents & spreedsheets.

        I am currently turning my phone into/replacing my laptop. This is why I am happy about 3D Printers & Project Ara. I’ve seen good keyboards like Moto 3 (all keys have alt), Sam Glide (home, etc on side of key), Moto Dext (alt &shft both sides) & LG Ahola (software).

        I hope to design my own keyboard phone.

        My Project Ara (Being realistic also I’m Casual when it comes to Tech, I never learn/buy more than I want)
        – Display: 4″, 480×800
        – CPU: 1.7GHz, Dual Core
        – GPU: Andreno 350
        – RAM: 1.5GB
        – Storage: 16GB (4GB System, 10GB USB, 2GB Extra to avoid slowing down system), SDcard Slot (256GB SDcard exist, besides I can get an adapter and don’t slowdown MicroSD cards)
        – Battery: Built-in charger (shake, crank or slide/brake), 2000mAh
        – Signal: 4G/LTE/EVO, Built-in Signal Booster for Bluetooth, Wifi, Built-In GPS (No-Data), Wifi a/g/b/n, Bluetooth 3.0
        – Keyboard Hard (Based on Relay):
        + Grid Layout (Instead of Brick House)
        + NumRow and Letters w/AltSym
        + All buttons with indication of Alt (alt +Bksp =Del, +D-pad =PgUp/Dn
        + Turnable Square 4 Direction-Pad (Rightside, for going from 45 to 90 angle, for those games on 45 degree angles) (Replace ? with Left, Left with Down & Down with Right)
        + Ok button (Leftside, Middle, 2-key sizes, also design more durable like with touch underneath button) with Menu & Back (1-key size) column (Use up empty space, leave bottom empty)
        + Home, Recent/Task Manager, Search on Leftside (1, 2, 1 Key size) of empty space
        + Replace Right Arrow w/Alt, Microphone with Filled Star, Email with Filled Triangle, & Text with Filled Circle

        Keyboard Soft:
        + Config Delay when OK is hold for Tool Bar; Cut, Copy, Paste, Select, Clipboard, Share, etc
        + Config Alt +Space, +Enter or +D-pad does
        + Add symbols to SYM inventory
        + Config where Toolbar, Word Prediction, etc appears
        + Config Star, Circle & Triangle actions
        + Indicate Shft, Alt, Caps etc
        + Config: Right/Leftside Alt & Shft (example Right Alt= Num stay normal, Letters use Symbol, Shft+Num=NumSymbol…for writing equations or alt+Num=sym & shft+num=fraction)
        + Hold Period for .ca, .org, .co.uk, @___mail.com, etc and add
        + Config: Hold letter for Alt Letter, Hold Back to Exit/Kill App, Hold Menu for screenshot

        The LG Shine Plus had word prediction similar to iPhone…my Relay doesn’t have that and neither do bluetooth keyboards (In fact you need an app for that).

    • Mikey

      It’s very disheartening. What’s worse is seeing all the lack of support, both in the OS and in the apps for hardware keyboards. Things that used to work superbly are getting buggier by the day. Seriously, why the fuck can’t they build a nice god damned keyboard phone? — People would actually start testing their apps with keyboard phones again!!

      On a side note: the whole situation kind of makes me wish there was just a phone case (like those protective ones) for a super powerful phone, that just had it’s own slide out bluetooth keyboard, you know?

  • Dave Weinstein

    Most of the comments share a common theme, people want physical keyboards on the flagship high-end devices.

    Personally, I’d love to see some options for new form factors. I miss my BB keyboard, but don’t want to give up getting a 5.5″ 2k screen! ;-)

    It would be great to see some non-sliders as outings. Perhaps a slightlt elongated candy bar with a BB-like keyboard at the bottom, or even a phone with a Nokia E90 style flip-open configuration.

    Its clear that what’s NOT needed is more 4″ 800×600 mediocrity.

    • Primalxconvoy

      I want a slider with built on gamepad and keyboard.

    • Don Joe

      Actually I don’t want my phone to be as big as a tablet, so I don’t care about 5″+ form factors. A 4.7″-er would be perfect for me if it had a physical slide-out QWERTY, 2 GiB of RAM, a dual-core 1.5+ GHz CPU and 720p resolution. Don’t care about useless extra Mpx on the camera, don’t care about useless screen resolutions above 720p, don’t want a massive 5″+ device in my pocket. Just bring the RAM up to date and put a real keyboard on it and I’m sold.

    • Adina Nechama Hirschmann

      I had a Virgin Mobile “Wild Card” that flipped the long way to reveal a tiny split-layout board a long time ago. Was flimsy, primitive, had rudimentary surfing capability and a low-res display. My Mach is a futuristic little laptop by comparison. BTW, with most HD displays going horizontal nowadays, I don’t think portrait-only would attract many buyers.

    • Brian Mertel

      How about this for an idea: Make all your phones with a common attachment point and a clip on Bluetooth physical keyboard that can be paired with the device. This way you don’t have to engineer a new keyboard with every device, and those that want one can order it with the phone. Also, if you keep the same common attachment point as new phones are made, people could either keep the old keyboard when new ones are released, or just upgrade the keyboard as needed while keeping the old phone. I think this is a good middle ground.

  • Joshua

    4 thumbs up for QWERTY high specs android phone!
    really useful for precise typing and work..
    maybe keyboard shortcuts helps at multitasking too..
    maybe… =D

  • Cal Rankin

    Eh, the Droid 4 is officially running Android 4.1.2. That is Jelly Bean.

  • Cal Rankin

    There were leaks of a Droid 5? Moto, where is it? I want it!

  • Lee Sze Yong

    Sad state of affairs we are in. Many just view it as a touchscreen vs keyboard argument. But a hardware keyboard, with predictive software (e.g. SwiftKey), and direction keys, work together with a touchscreen, to enable precise text entry & editing, especially on a moving bus or train. Am soldiering on with an old htc chacha, due to the lack of hardware QWERTY android phones in Singapore.

    • Bernie

      The state of affairs is sad indeed. I’m holding on to my desperately old G1 because it does the job and I love the qwerty and the keyboard shortcuts but obviously the OS is too slow now. Why is it so difficult for major companies to make quality new phones with physical keyboards?

      • Brian Mertel

        I held on to my original Motorola Droid for over 4 years before upgrading to a Samsung Stratosphere II (just missed the Droid 4). Surprisingly some of the stats were better on the well aged Droid (PPI for example). That threw me for a loop. Almost half a decade later and the phone I upgraded to was only marginally better.

  • Masaya Shida

    Wow, the Poton Q is water and dust resistant

  • Masaya Shida

    Nokia once rules the Touchscreen + Qwerty devices back in the good old days ;)

    • Don Joe

      Yeah, they had the best slide-out QWERTY mechanism I had ever seen in their N97, with its screen sliding out and turning toward your face so you could set it on a table and use it like a miniature laptop. Man I loved that phone, too bad nobody ever made anything like that again in the Android era.

  • C

    I would gladly fork out a nice hunk of change for a high spec android cell with a brilliantly made QWERTY keyboard. As someone who travels frequently and has family and friends scattered all over the world, texting is by far, much cheaper than calling. Hence, I won’t buy an android cell if it doesn’t have a physical keyboard. Not only is is more accurate but I can type touch with a physical keyboard. This is very handy on the go.

    • hyz

      indeed. and u can always use it as touch screen only. i recently started using it for coding purpouses, which qwerty is great. just gimme better specs as i constantly run out of ram.

  • Juan De La Rosa

    MAKE A HIGH QUALITY QWERTY KEYBOARD PHONE I’M TIRED OF FULL TOUCH SCREEN PHONES- LG G2 owner.

    • Khairul Islam

      I started using Android in 2011 and every phone I’ve had had a QWERTY keyboard. A week ago, however, I had no choice but to throw in the towel and I bought the LG G2.

  • moyo

    i hate touchscreen…. i would love to buy a phone with qwerty keypad without touchscreen having all the facilities….

  • Kungssten

    With 9 out of the top selling 10 Android apps being games, it seems that those of us who want to use our phones as tools for increasing our efficiency are a minority. Most people use their phones as time wasting devices optimized for playing “irate poultry” and upload pictures of high school drunks to Instagram.

    I suspect that’s the reason for the lack of qwerty-phones. At least you guys can buy a modern LG Enact. Here in Sweden, I’m stuck with my old, slow Gingerbread Ericsson Xperia Pro, since no new qwerty phones are sold here.

    • Nathan

      You can upgrade to ICS for Xperia Pro.

      • Kungssten

        Yes, I’ve read about it on Swedroid. Apparently it slows down the phone massively.

        • Guest

          I would look into third party firmware (like cyanogenmod) for the latest android builds on the Xperia Pro.

          I’ve got KitKat on mine. It runs great! See the LegacyXperia Project info page for the full details: http://legacyxperia.github.io.

          • Kungssten

            Does it play nicely with the physical keyboard?

  • joelfreak

    Was ANYTHING with a keyboard (other than BBQ20) announced at MWC?

  • ChristianHJW

    Please support our Online petition for a modern spec Android phone with QWERTY keyboard : http://www.change.org/de/Petitionen/smartphone-manufacturers-we-want-modern-android-smartphones-with-physical-keyboard-slider

  • http://www.weebmeister.de Klaus

    I’m interested to support the slidable keyboards within the Blueduino app for android which is a text expander for hardware keyboards. It also supports different keyboard layouts besides qwerty and has a clipboard function to have the text snippets available when using a soft keyboard. Since there is so many different devices I’d be glad if anyone interested tested the capabilities to further improve the app. It’s in the play store and more info is at http://www.blueduino.com I’d really appreciate your opinion on it, thanks

  • Cherlok_Jolms

    MD4 is mini tablet or smartphone?

  • Eoraptor

    I’d love to see something like the old Moto Devour, with that nigh indestructible machined aluminum body and assault-weapon smooth slider… Why do we put up with all these thin nondescript black plastic boxes when we could have so much more at more or less the same price point? Seriously, these things cost a hundred bucks to make, and sell for three times that price… suck up a bit of profit and develop some better devices. the hardware is plateauing anyway, gonna need a new selling point sooner rather than later.

  • Ha

    Give me back a physical keyboard any day. Touch screen is rubbish in comparison.

    The Nokia E71was bar the camera and operating system the best phone ever made. If Nokia or someone made another stainless steel phone with a keyboard like that with ios or android it’d be amazing.

    • Robert

      Try the Nokia E6. Better resolution, touchscreen, same qwerty keyboard.

      • Robert

        Even better if you prefer Android, look at the Motorola Pro Plus (MB632). Even better resolution, 640 x 480 3.1 inch touchscreen and a Blackberry style form factor and keyboard. Fantastic phone.

  • Nicholas Sherman

    I “NEED” to have a phone with a physical keypad so I can feel the keys because I have a tremor disorder that acts up when I type. My droid4 has been having problems for a while now & their getting worse & I am eligible for a phone upgrade with Verizon but the only droid with a physical keypad they have is the LG Enact which has slightly worse specs that the droid4. I’d hate to be forced to buy it & then have a better phone come out afew months later that I cant afford to get for two years because I’d no longer have the upgrade discount. I’m not sure how much longer my droid4 will keep working so I may not have a choice soon & with my luck the LG Enact will no longer be available so I’d be screwed.

    • file35765

      You can buy a refurbished one on ebay cheap enough and not have to sign a contract. Get your qwerty and still have a nice upgrade when you are ready for it

      • Nicholas Sherman

        I thought getting one on my own like that would screw up my contract & upgrade eligibility. Thatx for replying; I’ll do that.

  • Redmond Jennings

    Finally bought my mom an F3q to replace her ancient MyTouch something. It cost as much as my Moto G and my dad’s Moto E together, but she really wants the keyboard and there aren’t many options.

  • Susan Lewis

    I need the keyboard.

    Something about my fingers, touch screen does not always register my touch, and I have no time or patience for jacking around.

    I cannot be the only one on earth with this issue.

  • Dejan Lekic

    Why all the good QWERTY phones out there are only released for the USA customers?? Is it possible there is no interest for (android) phones with keyboards in the UK??

  • Brian Mertel

    I don’t know what my next upgrade will be. Unfortunately I need a physical keyboard for accuracy reasons. I use my phone for more than just texting. I might be stuck with my Statosphere II for a while. If a manufacturer stepped up to the plate and made a decent phone with a physical keyboard, it would pretty much take the entire market share at this point.

  • Michael Young

    can any of these be rooted without bricking, if so do the rootable ones have access to cm12 or a different feature packed lollipop rom? if so i will get one of these eventually

  • Vincent Wolf

    All the phone companies are being IDIOTS by having NO current technology 5 row keyboard products. Idiots * infinity!

  • Lex

    I want a strong smartphone with a good physical slide out keyboard. the only reason I’m using one without a slide out keyboard is because the market forced it on me by not offering good phones with slide out keyboards.

  • https://www.facebook.com/Asim.delhi Asim Siddiqui

    Really nice selections..