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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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