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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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Motorola Droid 4

The Motorola Droid 4 is also available only on Verizon Wireless. Like the Samsung Stratosphere it has a body that opens to expose a full QWERTY keyboard. Unlike the Stratosphere, it runs a modern version of Android, specifically 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

This is the fourth generation of Droid with a physical keyboard and Motorola has improved the keyboard with each step. The current keyboard is "edge-lit" meaning the edges of the keys are lit, making it far easier to type in dark conditions. Typing is also made easier because the phone itself is on the hefty side.


BYTE recently reviewed the Motorola Droid 4. Click here to read that review.

Next Page: The Old BlackBerrys: Curve and Bold

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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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