iPhone and Android devices with touch screens now dominate the smart-phone market. However, for many people, the feel of a phone that actually still relies on buttons is more attractive than one that only has a screen with a virtual keyboard. Some phone users just can’t get used to the idea of button-less keyboards. Luckily, there are a number of phones that have QWERTY keyboards. Classics from Blackberry, Samsung and Nokia have a standard candy-bar shape and full keyboards. Other phones have some sort of slide-out keyboard that offers wider keys for easier texting and typing. A few of the best QWERTY devices try to give users the best of both worlds with touch screens and full slide-out QWERTY keyboards.
Aren’t ready to rely on a touchscreen for your texting and typing needs? These QWERTY devices are your best options.
Blackberry Bold 9900
When people think of QWERTY smart-phones, Blackberry is usually the first brand that comes to mind. It is no surprise then that one of the best full-keyboard phones currently on the market comes from this company. The 9900 has both a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. The touchscreen is smaller than standard buttonless phones, but it certainly is a welcome addition since it makes navigation a lot easier compared to the old track-ball Blackberries. Anyone who had an old Blackberry knows how easily the tracking ball can malfunction and become broken. The 9900 can take great pics and video and has all the features that you’d expect from a muscular smart-phone.
Motorola Droid 4
The latest installment of Motorola’s Droid comes with a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from under the device’s huge touch screen. This is a state of the art slider, with awesome back-lighting and buttons that provide the kind of feel that QWERTY-lovers want: slightly elevated but still very sleek. This phone is a feature-rich high-tech tool with GPS, two cameras, and 16 GB worth of storage for pics and music files. If these traits aren’t enough to convince people looking for the perfect QWERTY slider, the Droid’s HD display should seduce anyone who is reluctant to purchase this phone.
Samsung Captivate Glide
This phone gives people the best of both worlds: Samsung’s iPhone-topping features and a full QWERTY sliding keyboard. Samsung’s Captivate and Galaxy phones are undeniably attractive to people who are looking for an alternative to iPhones and Blackberries. But people in need of a full keyboard have kind of been left out in the cold… until the Samsung Captivate Glide came on the market. This full featured phone has all the tools of its touch-screen relatives, but it comes with a slider keyboard. Add that feature to the high memory capacity, 8 megapixel camera, video chat capabilities, and Android Gingerbread operating system and this seems like a really awesome phone that can stand alongside the best candy-bar QWERTY and slider QWERTY phones currently on the market.
MyTouch 4G Slide from T-Mobile
T-Mobile’s latest update for its popular line of QWERTY slider phones (dating all the way back to the “Sidekick”) is a winner in more ways than one. This phone is a good value for T-Mobile customers because it has all the features that someone who takes pictures, uses social media and wants access to thousands of apps could possibly want. It has a large 4-row sliding keyboard with buttons that can automatically activate certain apps. This phone works well on T-Mobile’s speedy 4G network. A good camera and the ability to video chat add to the MyTouch’s attractiveness. No it won’t stand up against the high-end phones out there, but for a good value, it is hard to beat the MyTouch 4G Slide.