Mobile // Mobile Devices
News
4/15/2013
10:18 PM
Larry Seltzer
Larry Seltzer
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
Repost This

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.
Previous
3 of 8
Next


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

Previous
3 of 8
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Building A Mobile Business Mindset
Among 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
InformationWeek Government, May 2014
NIST's cyber-security framework gives critical-infrastructure operators a new tool to assess readiness. But will operators put this voluntary framework to work?
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Audio Interviews
Archived Audio Interviews
GE is a leader in combining connected devices and advanced analytics in pursuit of practical goals like less downtime, lower operating costs, and higher throughput. At GIO Power & Water, CIO Jim Fowler is part of the team exploring how to apply these techniques to some of the world's essential infrastructure, from power plants to water treatment systems. Join us, and bring your questions, as we talk about what's ahead.