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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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Pantech Marauder

The Pantech Marauder, available only from Verizon, has a slide-out keyboard like the Stratosphere and Droid 4. Unlike some of the other lesser-known phones here, it supports LTE and runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

Pantech and Verizon market the Marauder as a "first smartphone" and perhaps it's good for that. It's cheap: $349.99 retail, and free with a two-year activation, but it's also clearly less of a phone than some of the alternatives. You might want to look at the Droid 4 — also on Verizon Wireless — carefully. For $99 more it's a much better phone.

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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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