If you’re looking for a mid-range smartphone sporting a physical keyboard, then you’re in luck as Samsung and Motorola have got them all made for you. The tech-savvy typist who is not satisfied with a virtual keyboard can now experience some finger-smacking typing delight with the built in physical keyboard on two Android devices that we are comparing in this article.
Samsung has released its QWERTY touch-and-type phone, the Samsung Galaxy Pro, and Motorola has its own card to play in the form of the Motorola Fire XT311. How do these two keyboard-sporting phones stack up against each other? Let’s take a look.
Design and Display
Judging by the looks of it, the Samsung Galaxy Pro has a rectangular design and a flat body. In contrast, the Motorola Fire XT311 sports a candy bar form factor. The Fire XT311 has physical dimensions of 116.5 x 58 x 13.5 mm, which makes it longer than the Galaxy Pro whose physical dimensions are 108.6 x 66.7 x 10.7 mm.
The Motorola Fire XT311 is a lot heavier at 110 grams compared to the Galaxy Pro at 103 grams. Both phones feature 2.8-inch touchscreen displays with 143 pixel density. Both devices also support multi-touch input, among other features.
The Motorola Fire XT311 has an ergonomic keyboard curved at the bottom, making the phone easy to grasp as you type away at the keyboard. The Galaxy Pro, on the other hand, features chiclet-like buttons with special keys and numbers.
Memory and Storage
The Galaxy Pro’s 512 MB storage will keep all of your applications at bay. The Motorola Fire XT311 sports 256 MB RAM and an extra 512 MB ROM for storing your precious data. Storage on both devices can be expanded further through a built-in microSD card capable of supporting up to 32 GB.
Processor and User Interface
Powering the Motorola Fire XT311 is the Qualcomm MSM7227 processor clocked at 600 MHz. The Galaxy Pro uses a processor clocked slightly higher at 800 MHz.
The Galaxy Pro still runs the now-outdated version of Android, version 2.2 (Froyo), considering the fact that most phones these days are already pre-bundled with the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Veteran owners of Samsung devices will not be surprised with the familiar TouchWiz user interface,
The Motorola Fire XT311 is powered by Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and comes with the Moto Switch user interface.
Although both models are equipped with 3.15 MP cameras, they differ somewhat in terms of camera functionality. The Galaxy Pro has the upper-hand, featuring autofocus and smile detection for those hard-to-miss opportunities. The Galaxy Pro can also record videos at QVGA resolution at 30 fps, while the Motorola Fire XT311 can record 480p at 24 fps.
On paper, both devices nearly match each other in terms of technical specifications. Although, there are significant differences in terms of processing speed and Android versions. Still, both phones are remarkable with their own set of pros and cons.
The Galaxy Pro is a great bargain for a mid-level smartphone and a perfect device for fast QWERTY-based messaging because of its physical keyboard. While the Motorola Fire XT311 has a sleek and sexy feel, it is certainly an attractive device as it is bundled with Gingerbread rather than an earlier version of Android. If you want a phone that is not only useful but also stylish enough to slip inside your pocket, then go for the Motorola Fire XT311.
Do you prefer QWERTY smartphones to non-QWERTY smartphones? What are your thoughts about these two QWERTY devices?