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4/15/2013
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Smartphones With Physical Keyboards

Do you want a physical keyboard on your smartphone? The new BlackBerry with a hard keyboard will be here soon, but there are alternatives. Here we show you eight phones, including six not from BlackBerry.
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Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II is available only on Verizon Wireless. It has a full touch screen and runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Half the body slides out to expose a QWERTY keyboard. The keys bubble out and have some travel, but the fact that you have to have to physically open the keyboard can serve as a disincentive to its use. This is the case with some other phones in this collection. Contrast this with the BlackBerry-style keyboard, which not only is always available, it's the only keyboard to use.

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3/11/2015 | 10:17:41 PM
Worthless Phones
Did it ever occur to any - ANY - one of these manufacturers (or the writer of this article) that the reason many of us don't want smart phones is because we don't want a ridiculous touchscreen. We want buttons for the same reason we want a keyboard - we DON'T want a dodgy touchscreen! Are manufacturers so clueless and out-of-touch that they don't understand want their users want?


Oh, wait, there was that whole Windows 8 thing...sorry.
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