Top 9 Android Smartphones With Physical QWERTY Keyboards

Phones with QWERTY keyboards haven’t been super popular in years. These types of phones were more popular when the original Palm Pilots were around, as well as when BlackBerry was in its prime. Today, however, you don’t see them much anymore, except for maybe a few small cases.

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However, they’re still being made quite often, though in more niche setups. BlackBerry is still making them via the manufacturer TCL, and Samsung and other brands still make them as well, just with little to no advertising. And that’s why we constructed this list — to show you nine of our favorite Android smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards available today. Let’s dive right in.

BlackBerry Key2

After TCL bought out BlackBerry, fans didn’t know where the company’s line of physical QWERTY keyboard phones would go; however, they’ve done nothing but flourish. The BlackBerry Key2 is the latest release there, offering keys that are roughly 20% larger than what was seen on the original BlackBerry PRIV and even the BlackBerry KEYone. That makes it just so much easier to type and converse with on this phone.

The phone does have a more square-looking display, but it still looks quite nice. The hardware is pretty impressive, featuring a Snapdragon 660 processor, 6GB of RAM, and even 64GB of internal storage. There’s a nice 12-megapixel camera, and it works on all GSM networks.

Samsung Galaxy S8

If you don’t mind spending a little extra money, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is one of our favorites in terms of physical QWERTY keyboards. This one doesn’t come with one out of the box. You’ll have to purchase one of the physical keyboard accessories from Samsung that attaches directly to the phone. However, if you’re wanting the Samsung Galaxy experience, but with the QWERTY keyboard, you can’t go wrong with this choice. You can pick up the necessary keyboard for it here.

As you know, the Galaxy S8 has some wicked fast hardware in it — it’s got Samsung’s famed Infinity Display, a fast Snapdragon processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and support for most GSM networks.

Blackberry Priv

BlackBerry, a company that was once renowned for its business-oriented smartphones with physical keyboards, has to fight for significance in a world dominated by virtual keyboard typing experience. Just like Clark Kent dressed in casual clothes, the BlackBerry Priv looks deceptively ordinary, perhaps except the curved display. But it takes just a quick slide to reveal Priv’s 4-row QWERTY keyboard is hiding underneath the screen.

The keyboard also features an integrated trackpad and several programmable keys for launching apps and changing the position on the screen. You can swipe up across the keyboard to access a full-sized virtual keyboard with unique characters and symbols. Clever stuff, indeed.

Also hiding under the 5.4” display with 540 PPI is the powerful Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage space, and Adreno 418. With such high-end specifications, the Priv is a productivity beast with ample power to fuel any multitasking (or gaming—we won’t judge) frenzy.

While the Android operating system looks close to the pure Android experience that you get on Nexus devices, BlackBerry has made a lot of changes under the hood. Privacy and security have been given special attention, for example, with the BlackBerry DETEK app, which can tell you how secure you are and what improvements you can make.

  • 4-row QWERTY keyboard
  • Beautiful curved display
  • Sharp, vivid camera
  • Good performance
  • Increased privacy


  • The smartphone is slightly top-heavy

The age of the Q is over. There’s no point denying it, arguing it, or sugarcoating it. Flagship physical QWERTY phones are long gone, and they’re not coming back. Sad? Damn straight, as we all remember how we used to be able to send like five texts a minute on a full-size keypad-boasting handheld.

Since phone manufacturers only aren’t seeing too much demand for Android smartphone with a keyboard, they just aren’t releasing too many new variants of these.  But if you need that keyboard, a good workaround is to get the latest and most excellent smartphone you can find, and get a mini Bluetooth keyboard that you can carry around with you and sync with your phone.  If that doesn’t work for you, then check out these smartphones with the keyboard currently on the market.

Yes, they were bulky, clunky, even ugly, but they got the job done in a way no touchscreen-toting iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S will ever get close to. Whatever “highly intuitive” apps like Swiftkey or Swype evolve into.

It’s also odd though how every mobile player (save for BlackBerry, maybe) turned their backs on productivity-centric gadgets all of a sudden, especially when Samsung, LG, and Sony are so vocal about the diversity of their product lineups. Cater to the needs of everyone, my arse. Where’s my Galaxy S5Q, my LG G2 Slider, and my Xperia Z2 Chat?

Heck, right now, I’d probably settle for a Galaxy S3Q or LG Optimus G Slider. Any semblance of a decent, upper mid-range Android QWERTY phone would be nice.

LG Mach

Still stuck on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, we have the LG Mach. This isn’t a bad choice for a QWERTY phone if you don’t mind old technology. It still runs that the old version of Android and software support has pretty much been dropped. It’s quite slow by today’s standards, but that keyboard is still quite nice.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere 2

Despite its retro design, and overall underwhelming hardware, the Verizon-exclusive Stratosphere 2 is not the worst QWERTY option around. Up for grabs via Amazon and Best Buy free of charge in a contract-tied flavor, the slider is on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, weighing 14 grams less than the Mach.

The juicer is a tad beefier, at 1,800 mAh. The Super AMOLED panel isn’t too bad in comparison to the time that this phone was launched. The dual-core 1.2 GHz SoC is pretty slow by today’s standards but will get you by.

Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Though its two months older than the second-gen Stratosphere, the S Relay 4G is superior to its Verizon counterpart, primarily in the aesthetics department. Less pronounced curves equal more elegance, not to mention the Relay is slightly slimmer while retaining the 1,800 mAh ticker.

Hardware-wise, the T-Mo-restricted S Relay resembles the Stratosphere 2 much, but ups the processing power ante with a 1.5 GHz CPU. On-board software? Android 4.1 Jelly Bean starting April 2013.

Motorola Droid 4

One of the last remaining Mohicans of a lost era, the Droid 4 has aged rather gracefully, but it has aged nevertheless.

Worth the dough? Refurb products are always a gamble, two-year-olds especially, yet the Droid still has a few things going for it. Like a decent 4-inch 960 x 540 pixels resolution touchscreen, 16 GB built-in storage, 8 MP rear-facing camera with image stabilization, 1 GB RAM, microSD support, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Downsides? The 1,785 mAh battery is pretty tiny, plus non-removable.

LG Optimus F3Q

The youngest of the bunch, released but a few weeks ago on T-Mobile, the F3Q looks like a violent blast from the past design-wise, with a funky turquoise blue physical keyboard and an even swankier textured rear cover.

I think the blue-black color combo is a bit too much, but hey, kids may dig it, and in the long haul, it could help QWERTY phones become hip again. The device isn’t bad for its time, featuring a dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 running the hardware show, aided by 1 GB RAM.

The 4 GB on-board storage is cringe-worthy, as is the 14 mm waist, yet software upgrades beyond 4.1 Jelly Bean could be on the horizon, and that should count for something. Also, it packs a gargantuan 2,460 mAh battery, capable of holding a single charge for up to 16 hours of talk time and 16 days (!!!) of standby time.

LG Enact

Yes, I realize the Enact and Optimus F3Q are, in many ways, virtually identical. From the design language to the CPU, RAM, and battery life. Yet I like to think of Verizon’s Enact as F3Q’s classier brother.

And the rear looks better too, in my humble opinion. Also, on 4.1 Jelly Bean and likely to be upgraded before long, the Enact doubles down on storage.

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

Not sure whether we should laugh or cry, seeing a mid-2012 phone top a 2014 list. But that’s how behind the market is for QWERTY aficionados. And mind you, the Photon Q was hardly a high-ender when it first saw daylight, back in July 2012.

Up for grabs for free with 24-month Sprint agreements, the big guy weighs in at a massive 170 grams. However, it offers the most generous screen real estate of all seven QWERTY world champion title candidates: 4.3 inches.

The resolution is decent, 960 x 540, there’s scratch-resistant glass on top of it, a dual-core 1.5 GHz chip beneath the hood, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB storage, 8 MP primary camera with LED flash, 4G LTE and microSD support. Compared with, say, the Galaxy S5, it’s a featherweight, but as I said, it’s all we got.

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QWERTY keyboards on Android phones might be far and few between, but they are making a comeback, particularly in the form of what is now TCL’s BlackBerry. BlackBerry’s phones are fast and provide you that quick, easy, and tactile keyboard experience. Other brands offer QWERTY keyboards, but BlackBerry is probably the one with the best hardware today.

What’s your favorite QWERTY keyboard as far as Android phones go?

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  1. One more thing, Back in 2010-2013 thinner phonew were all the rage because people thought thinner phonew were cool, just like the previous generation thought TINY phonew were cool and the manufacturers catered. Reminds me of the automotive world and “Big Ghetto Wheels” that are now oem on everything. My point here is this. The target audience for qwerty phones really doesn’t care if the phone is a little thick, as long as the screen is larger and the qwerty therefore larger and roomier too. Give us a 5.5 inch tilted screen slider or side flip type with a small screen on the front and a big one underneath, with something current like the Priv under the hood for that Big V12 Style Horsepower and set it up like an enterprise class buisiness phone with all the good stuff like hdmi ports etc. I know I am dreaming here, but I AM Making sense !

  2. I am only 54 yrs old, but I have never had a “Smart Phone” although I have seen quite a few. I don’t like hitting a number key 2,3,4,5 or 11 times just to get the character I am after, so I actually had text messaging BLOCKED through my carrier so I would not feel compelled to reply to them. I got my first cel phone account with 2 lines in 2008 one for me and one for someone else. My unit was a small simple bar and it did not have enough memory to even load a MSN home page , so I have WEB BLOCKED through my carrier also. I soon opted for a cheap simple Samsund flip. I have had three or four since then and have switched to an LG flip, and another, then back to the Samsung, but now my phone is getting really crappy signal and I am missing lots of calls. It is either my phone or my sim card or both that are outdated. I get no network even with a signal booster from T-Mobile. ARGH !!. Back in 2010 and 2011 I was phone shopping for my GF and saw some sliders and thought “Yeah, that is what I would want” but the ones I saw had real small keys and I have Very Large hands so I aborted the notion at that time. Now it is 2017 and I am tired of paying for 2 lines with unlimited everything and having someone else use it ALL up every month LOL.
    So, I am finally going to go Smartphone, but it MUST be a QWERTY. The alternative is going with a New 4g type Flip Phone for seniors with the bigger buttons. It is QWERTY or Dumbphone for ME !! I have been doing a couple weeks of research on all the different qwerty phone models and jotting down all the specs in a word file with pics of each model and have been reading reviews. These is shockingly quite a few RECENT reviews on older qwerty phones as more people seem to be going Back To Them and the Manufacturers Would Be Smart To Notice !!!

  3. I have ALS and still have use of my arms and hands. I use my phone to text and communicate. I NEED a physical keyboard as I cannot use touchscreens at all.

  4. QWERTY may be old but it has it is necessary for some of us. I am a physician and have a number of apps on my phone necessary for me to do my job well and seamlessly. It is a pain and a disruption to use a screen keyboard especially when you hit one letter and get another. Have you checked the spelling of many of the medications, diseases and disorders, and medical terms, etc? I need the board to minimize errors and get info fast. I am dealing with people’s lives. I like not having to carry textbooks or reference texts around. I also have a mobile pediatric practice. So, all you tech people need to understand, there will always be a need for a QWERTY board for some professionals. Techys are not the only professionals in the world. I have a Blackberry Priv which works great. I guess as long as Blackberry is willing to make a phone with a QWERTY keyboard, I will be able to do my job. Hope all docs can with minimal stress and hassle.

  5. i am so old i am retro or vintage, i am still using a samsung captiva glide! for teh key board and ease of calendar goodle/outlook sinc. I am on number 5 and they are getting harder and harder to find. so in the market for a new phone with a real key board. seriously i miss my trio that phone rocked!

  6. I am getting older and my fingers are unable to work touch screen keyboards therefore I must use a physical keyboard. I hope the Motorola Droid 5 comes out soon.

  7. I love Q keywords!! I have long nails and they work great on them!! I cannot use a touchscreen phone with them. My other long nailed friends use a stylus, but that takes more time AND it is easy to lose the stylus! (I have a kindle and use my stylus for that. It is a pain!!) I have a very old fashioned phone because of the slide out keyboard and I LOVE it. Keep wanting to upgrade but need/want my physical keyboard!!

  8. these keyboards phones are still better than Touchpad phones at least an automated call does not generate in Keyboard phones.

  9. I have partial paralysis but still like to text & play my games like anyone else. Holding my phone with both hands & being able to text on a keyboard is PERFECT for me. Still need a decent screen size but holding & touching the screen is like juggling to me. So QUERTY all the way. Been using a Samsung Stratosphere for 2 years now with no issues. Some of these BIG name companies need to sit down with the disabled & find out what their needs are because just like phones we all have our own set of specs. We should be able to order a phone to our liking as we do for a computer,laptop or car. Someone PLEASE come up with a custom cell phone company thats affordable.
    Im proud to be a Querty Geek!!!!!

  10. I am looking to up grade my phone but having second thoughts. I dislike touchscreen keyboards, sliders all the way ! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it !

  11. I got a Motorola attic for the QWERTY physical keyboard. It caught my attention because it was advertised as a mini laptop with a fast cpu, good ram, and storage. There was a dock that was basically a big screen and keyboard using the phones hardware to process it. I don’t want a mini tablet phone. I want a mini laptop like my atrix again. And no I don’t want a Bluetooth keyboard

  12. QWERTY Keyboards all the way. I’m still clinging to my Pantech Maruder Droid with slide-out keyboard. Sure it has its downsides, but, I’m still rockin’ my cracked-screen potato phone for the love of Qwerty. Wish more would jump on the Q-Train!

  13. I am a Registered Blind chap with some residual vision. My wife brought me into the 21st Century and bought me a Sony Experia Android. I didn’t know the meaning of the word. Previously I just had a tactile mobile telephone used for odd texts and calls. On the Sony there are so many more steps to remember to either reply to or to telephone someone that I continually make mistakes and often miss calls and I get embarassed as the ring tone goes on an on until I eventually shut the ‘phone down.
    As to texts I continually make mistakes by pressing more than one letter or the wrong one when visually I think I’ve pressed the correct one and then the screen goes chinese or another language and I have to work out how to get back to English. Texts just take so long.
    As to these “apps” – I have no use for them they just clutter the screen and provide visual information overload. Are these manufacturers not seeing this? Mind you the Alarm Clock is quite good but difficult to turn off since that function is not tactile.
    Why did this not happen on my little clamshell telephone? Because it was tactile. Is it worth me looking into a tactile keyboard? Or would I be better off dumping the Experia and purchasing a tactile telephone?
    I think I know the answer.

    It is so frustrating.

  14. This list honestly makes me want to weep lol How I miss the “good old days” of common sense and user-centered design. Really despising today’s phones and tablets. :/

  15. i want a qwerty slide keypads on android smartphone….. which one should i buy..????
    any suggestions please…..

  16. Great article..any chance of an update? Tmobile has forced me onto a glass keyboard and it takes forever to type on. Not to mention accurately..

  17. Another good pont. Although I don’t have that problem, I agree with the person who wrote that they felt like a person just learning English when they typed on a touch screen.

  18. Virtual keyboar is just terrible for me…. I can’t do anything on it, even though my friends like their phones, when I need to borrow it, it’s just…. I feel like I have to throw it through a window…. It’s impossible to work with it, when I’m unable to physically touch keys on the keyboard…

  19. Can’t wait until the new BB with legit android is released! It’s the only other phone than the Q10 that I’m interested in owning.

  20. Same. I am speedy as can be on my Q5. Trying to type on my tablet with the virtual keyboard makes me homicidal. Though I’d love an Android QWERTY phone, unless they take the Cleo and mash it with the Passport with an Android OS, I’m sticking with Blackberry. I dislike slide keyboards, I find them too awkward and bulky, especially when I just want to quickly pull my phone out while walking and do, say, an artist search to play a specific song. I can type two-handed on my Q5, but I can also easily type one-handed when I need to, and that’s extremely handy.

  21. I love the QWERTY keyboard and am glad to see some companies have not thrown it to the wayside. I have an HTC and I hate the touch keyboard. My contract is up in October and I am off to get another QWERTY board…..

  22. Other than the intuitive gestures and how excellent it is for productivity, the main reason why I’m holding onto my Q10 is for the physical keyboard. I’d love to buy a powerful new android with a physical keyboard to take advantage of the Andoid exclusive apps and gear if someone were to produce one.

    The Q10 is pretty awesome though, it’s basically like if android was more efficient and didn’t smoke as much weed. haha. I love that I can run most android apps without hassle, BB10 OS is built from an android core.

  23. I’m still using a Nokia 6800 with the open out keyboard. I have bought 3 of these phones over the past 12 years. Love it, but I now need a couple of things that it does not have, so I must now find a replacement. Agreed, that hardware keyboards are the best tools!

  24. Indeed, I’m saving up for a Backberry Classic! 🙂 It is also worth mentioning that with the new blackberry 10 OS it is possible to use the Android App Store! So you can have both the Blackberry apps AND the Android apps 🙂

    I have my first full touchscreen smartphone, i have it for a month now and i don’t like it. My productivity isn’t cut in half, but it’s cut at least in four! It just takes me too long to type a small message because the dictionary chooses the wrong words and i have to correct a lot of things. But when i don’t use the dictionary i type everything wrong and it takes me even longer to correct it all :/ I really liked the full physical azerty keyboard on my Samsung B5512. I could type so fast on that thing. But it got a little outdated and i would like to use some internet when i need it (this wasn’t possible in the tiny bad screen of my samsung B5512).
    There doesn’t seem to be a single slider model available here in Europe. So i’m choosing Blackberry Classic as my next phone. It has Gorilla Glass 3, 2gb ram, all the nice specs and i’ve held it in my hands and it feels very good! And the keyboard types like a dream, as it should be!

  25. Yes and apparently the new Blackberry 10 OS on those models lets you use the Android app store. So you are no longer limited by the Blackberry apps. So you can have Blackberry apps AND Android apps! 🙂

  26. I hate those touch screen virtual keyboards with a furious passion! I don’t give 2 sh&#s that all the newer phones these days have them! The next time I try dialing a phone # or a url in the browser using one of those touch screen virtual keyboards and I end up pressing the letter or number right next to its intended target, I’m gonna scream bloddy murder & chuck that POS device 100 yards!

  27. Oh, put me in the camp of those who are thirsty in the desert searching for a data-capable global-capable full keyboard phone with a decent screen for viewing maps and documents. Does no one need their phone for work anymore? I can’t understand why there is no market for this obvious need. Thanks for a depressing article, confirming what I have been discovering for myself.

  28. I need a new physical slider keyboard, today I have Samsung Captivate Glide i927 and Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G T699, but too slow and only RAM 1 Gbyte, only 4 inch screen. all of them discontinued !!
    The World need more power in our fingers
    With kind regards

  29. I share everyone’s pain. Has anyone tried the aftermarket QWERTY keyboards by Boxwave? I think they make them for iPhones.

  30. Just found this blog, I thought that I was on my own here. I agree with most of the other contributors. I am still hanging on to a Nokia E7, which almost does it for me, but I miss the voice commands and car dock of the Motorola droid, which I reluctantly gave up on as it was so slow. As a business user I do a lot of typing and cannot abide touch screens. I would love something like a Nokia communicator with a decent sized touch screen, something that other contributors want. Like others, I do not want a tiny thin useless toy, I want a phone with removable battery, USB and HDMI ports, at least 16 GB and a 4.5″ min screen. And the size? who cares as long as it goes in my coat pocket. I need a removable battery as I can be a long way from a charging point for days. I survive on spare batteries. So now I take the droid as well when I head off as I can carry a pocket full of batts for it. Business users seem to have been ignored while the social media freaks get what they want.

  31. I got SO EXCITED for a second when I saw that a new QWERTY phone had been released since the last time I checked – the LG Optimus F3Q only to find that it still has the same mediocre specs as the already-mediocre sliders from 3 years ago. WHY would they even bother releasing a phone like this, what are they thinking? Would it really have been so hard to at least stick an 8mp camera on either this or the Galaxy S Relay?

    So it looks like we still have the same situation: The Motorola Photon Q has the best specs, but I would have to switch to Sprint, and because I travel a lot the lack of a GSM SIM slot would be a problem (and I really don’t want to have to send my phone to Prague for modding). Apart from that, I still haven’t found a better option than my Samsung Captivate Glide (which you left off this list by the way) even though it’s from 2012 and starting to show its age. I find the 8mp camera to be a significant enough improvement over the 5mp cameras that most of the other ones have, and as a bonus, it unofficially supports a 64GB microSD.

    I’m starting to consider just getting a regular flagship phone and using a bluetooth keyboard, even though that WOULD be far more bulky than any of the actual slider phones.

  32. I agree except why not at least a 5in screen. Please will some manufacturer take a punt with this . ( was it the Nokia N97 where the keyboards and screen sat at 45 degrees to each other? Great design, just need the size and modern specs to go with it.) And sooo annoying to have the screen keyboard cover more than half the screen!!!

  33. Just like I told someone else…Try a Blackberry Q5/Q10/Passport/Classic, you just
    might end up liking it. I switched to a Q10 after running Android for
    years, and now I’m a diehard Blackberry user. In the smartphone world, Blackberry is now the only decently-spec’d QWERTY maker.

  34. I felt the same way about Blackberry keyboards until I actually committed to it. Try a Blackberry Q5/Q10/Passport/Classic, you just might end up liking it. I switched to a Q10 after running Android for years, and now I’m a diehard Blackberry user. In the smartphone world, Blackberry is now the only decently-spec’d QWERTY maker.

  35. Sadly, I think I’m going to be forced to use a stupidphone because I must use a keyboard. I cannot use touch screens without my hands and fingers locking up and typing with a stylus is not a substitute for the same problem. My favorite phone has been the stratosphere but after a year (and I’ve already replaced it twice) it goes nuts and won’t send or receive texts and calls and overheats. It is not a long term solution even paying full replacement insurance because now it’s too old most new apps can’t be installed on it. I’m thinking of getting a tablet for using apps and returning to a flip phone or something similar for calls and text. Removing the QWERTY is not a progressive step forward.

  36. Typing this from my motoroloa droid 3 with a slider qwerty. Like most of you I do not really desire to have a touchscreen only phone. Maybe a 6 inch display phone would be easy with an onscreen keyboard? But a 6 inch phone would cost alot, and droid 3’s are on ebay for $45. Great article. Thanks Adrian.

  37. i am currently using it tooo
    screen beats my friends lumias ips and camera still competes with motog!!!!
    it is rooted and unlocked and it is even smoother than that samshit grand or whatever it is (tested by subway surfers only!!!!)
    well i played gta on it and friends were jealous becoz they cant use cheats and half of screen is visible to them lol!!!

  38. I also prefer qwerty keyboards & agree with Phillynomics re productivity. I envy all of you! Not one mentioned that qwerty is great for coping with joint problems in hands/fingers, such as arthritis which tends to come with age. Perhaps it is only I who find it less taxing, but the amount of stress my hands sustain after typing long business or personal texts is huge. It makes sense that touch would be better, but I know how I feel & what sent my husband racing back to return my new smart phone.

  39. I gave up and dumped the smartphone all together. These days I just have a simple feature phone. (Motorola ex223) I carry a galaxy tab 3 for my needs. The screen is big enough where the virtual qwerty isn’t completely worthless. Its actually not too bad taking the smart from my phone and handing it to my tablet it allows me to take calls while I email clients or search the web. Plus my motorola is dual sim so I can have both my business line and my personal in one phone. Like so many of you I will miss my hardware qwerty smartphone but its not coming back.

  40. Thank you so much for this article…though it has me crying virtual tears as I keep my Motorola DROID 4 going as long as possible. I’m an 85 word a minute typist and CAN’T STAND screen keyboards and sometimes use my phone for some serious work via internet when traveling overseas. Touch screens just don’t do it and I’m extremely displeased to be facing being “dumbed down” along with everyone else. (and I don’t like the Blackberries with the keyboard on the narrow dimension of the phone-too cramped!). And I agree with post below…who cares about a little extra weight? I don’t even think about it…it is not a “brick” in my pocket or purse.

  41. Please stop complaining about the thickness of phones. Using terms like “chubby” and “chunky” is just stupid. This obsession with thin phones is the reason why you have phones like IPhone 6 bending. No one ever bought qwerty phone for thinness.

  42. Meanwhile i have imported more than 6 used Motorola Photon Q (XT897) from the US to Germany, for less than 100 US$ per unit. I send them to Prague for SIM modification, put a Android 4.4 KitKat image (CyanogenMod CM11) on them and sell them on ebay. The best price i could get was 400,- € (=550 US$) before Christmas, but generally they sell for 250 – 300 €, and those are 2nd hand, used phones without any warranty, a dual core processor with 8 GB of memory !

    If anybody needs more proof that there is a real market for a modern QWERTY slider, he is nothing but stubborn. The whole smartphone industry are making a completely wrong judgement on this matter, as a result of the filure of the Photon Q in the SPRINT network, but those conclusions are dead wrong !! The failure of the Photon Q at that time was due to the fact that it came out outspecced already, with old hardware and obsolete Android versions, and people were used to the fact that new smartphone models were coming in shorter and shorter periods of time.

    You Smartphone manufacturers, please understand the following :


    It is in fact a tragedy that the one model which caused all the problems for the QWERTY lovers is now the best unit they can buy for their money. One could actually laugh about it, it it wasn’t so tragic 🙁 …..

  43. Absolutely. My venerable droid 4’s are getting a little weird as they age, but I will not shell out for a touchscreen-only device that will cut my productivity in half.

  44. I still use an HTC desire Z – 4 years old! Every free upgrade I get on contract I flog on ebay. While virtual keyboards are annoying, slow, require you to type whilst looking at the screen (not looking up while you’re doing other things like walking) my biggest bug-bear of virtual keyboards is they absorb half the damn screen! Real keyboards don’t have this problem.

  45. This article is tilted towards the media driven, change my phone every year, audience. I own an lg mach on boost and it is great. I’d gladly own a phone that weights twice as much if it allows me to type legible business messages to colleagues and clients. I use a physical keyboard to type full emails (I don’t text.), which is unbearable without a physical keyboard.

    This author needs to understand his audience. Those looking for physical keyboards care about business productivity, not weight, screen size (you get more by the way without the keyboard taking up half the screen), and battery life (we can buy portable chargers). Heck, I’d even take a blue and green android if it had a nice physical keyboard.

  46. I dont care if it is the size of a brick. I could care less about the weight either since it rarely leaves my pocket for normal calls. I use it for work not for show. I really like being able to write long emails without looking like a high school dropout that is still struggling with the English language. If only one manufacturer would put a flagship Qwerty phone out there it would sell. One more point, I would be happy to pay whatever for such phone. It is a tool and good tools are always more expensive.

  47. I can’t understand why are manufacturers so stupid, that they can’t think of an ideal physical side kick qwerty keyboard smartphone?
    I have Sony XPERIA Mini Pro and its amazing!!!! I can type with one hand in any weather even in gloves and even in the pocket, its very comfortable, when people see it, they’re like “WTF is this? James Bond gadget?”… I want to buy new phone, but I can’t get use to the only touchsceeen and when keyboard is covering half of the screen, it sucks… The ideal Smartphone w/ SIDE KICK QWERTY should be:
    1. large screen (at least 4.5”)
    2. big battery capacity (removable!!!)
    3. front facing camera for video chat
    4. big internal storage and RAM
    5. full size QWERTY
    I would love to have the phone like this, but unfortunately there is nothing, that could satisfy my needs and I’m still using xperia mini pro 🙁 I see people complaining about weight and thickness, wtf + 100 grams and + 0.5 cm is a problem for you? don’t be bitchy!!!!!

  48. All the phone companies have besmirked the deaf in this country which prefer qwerty keyboards as they text more than other people. What choices do we have? Tiny 4 inch screens with 2 to 3 year old processors and outdated Android OS’s. It really sucks how they have listened to and screwed the deaf. Screw them all. Every single manufacturer and phone company.

  49. Please stop complaining about weight and bulk – it is something us QWERTY users live with, and probably the biggest reason cell phone manufacturers are scared to release new QWERTY phones. If a new S5 QWERTY version came out with the same power and resolution specs as the S5, would it possibly weighing 175+ grams stop you from buying it? For others that write nice blogs on the subject of QWERTY phones, please hint at the manufacturers know to bring on the weight and bulk-we will happily deal with the compromise!

  50. It’s also worth saying that as far as I know NONE of these phones are available in Europe…

  51. Just bought the missus an iPhone 5c to replace her Sony MiniPro and she hates it! I’ve got to give her the Sony back after I replace the DesireZ I got wet on a bike ride and flog the iPhone… Before I dunked it the DesireZ ran just fine on CyanogenMod 7 and did everything I needed (including enter the text I actually typed…)

  52. Guys, check out the BlackBerry Q10 running the newest BB10.2.1 OS. For anyone serious about productivity and qwerty, it is the only viable choice. Also, look for the BlackBerry Classic due out this year!

  53. still rocking my beloved desire z. The trackpad is indespensable when vnc’ing and moving the charet around when writing text. I’ve been trying to wait for a decent qwert to upgrade to but its getting too hard now as facebook app, skype app, whatsapp are all using up the meezly 250mb available ram and crashing the phone constantly. I like the hardware so much (aside the processor and ram) i’m tempted to create a virtual android on my home server and vnc into it from my desire for all my facebook/whatsapp/hotmail needs and only put voice/music/video apps on the phone and create a lightweight custom notifications app to make my phone buzz/bleep when the virtual machine has detected a new message/email.

  54. I love my Droid4, but it is struggling more and more lately. It’s been replaced once, can’t recall the problem but may have been a battery failure. I’ve worn the letters off some keys (just like my regular keyboard) and really, really don’t want to switch .What’s wrong with manufacturers ???

  55. It would be great to see QWERTY keypads on Android smartphones today also, even thought the virtual keypad has seen so much of innovation and improvement. For some of us, nothing can replace the physical keyboard.

  56. I share the feeling about the auto-correct bug. Even though its annoying and could end up being a serious issue, its really hilarious at times.

  57. I really like Motorola’s QWERTY phones. But the KitKat keyboard is really refined and the swiping does a wonderful job, with suggestions almost eliminating the need to even swipe.

  58. I love a full keyboard as much as the next person but I have really gotten used to not having one. Of course I still make typo’s all over the place and sometimes the auto-correct bug hits me but I have just given up on wanting everything I need in a phone with a keyboard. It seems like there are no real options that I like. I hate the way a built in keyboard bulks up the phone.

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