Where Are All the QWERTY Phones?
where the hell are all the QWERTY phones? all i see is touchscreen after touchscreen and NOTHING with a keyboard. i had my heart set on the HTC Merge as it was the perfect phone for me but i havent seen one rumored device with a keyboard.
im on verizon so pickens are slim. does anyone know if an unlocked sprint phone will work on verizon? is sprint the only other platform that as CDMA?
- 01-31-2011, 11:04 PM #2
Sprint phones would work with the hardware, but verizon would never allow a sprint branded phone on their network.
Grab a droid 2 global if you need a physical KB, but ill tell ya right now they are way over-rated. On screen keyboards are amazing.Some say the glass is half empty. Some say its half full. I say, "Are you going to drink that?"
- 02-01-2011, 12:10 AM #3
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- 02-01-2011, 01:33 AM #5
the D2 is garbage from what i hear and the moto interface isent as nice as HTC sense. my GF has the Dinc and she loves it but i just cant get used to no keyboard. ive always had one on all my phones and my current blackberry is where im at now.
i just cant believe no one is making keyboard phones anymore.
- 02-01-2011, 10:43 AM #7
I'm with RHChan. Try 'em out again. Seriously. I'm an accountant, working with spreadsheets, and demanded a keyboard with a cursor pad in order to properly navigate around since there are no styluses anymore. And playing with iPhones and my wife's iTouch, yech.
I can't tell you the last time I actually opened my orig. Droid. When you find a great keyboard, and I use Smart Keyboard, you won't go back. It's that good.
- 02-01-2011, 04:05 PM #8
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- 02-01-2011, 06:16 PM #10
I went from a BB Tour to a Samsung Mesmerize and was concerned about not having a keyboard as well. If USCC had something like the Samsung Epic, I would have probably gone that direction.
But, I do have to say that after one week of using the Mesmerize and Swype, I didn't feel there was a need for a physical keyboard anymore. At first, I missed autotext. I ended up getting Smart Keyboard Pro, which has autotext, so that took care of that. But, the more I got used to Swype, the less I felt the need to use autotext. Using Swype (for me) is just as quick as using the physical keyboard.
After a month away from my Tour, I picked it up to get some information off of it. The keys actually felt small. I could still type pretty quickly on it, but it wasn't as big of a difference as I expected.
- 02-01-2011, 07:25 PM #11Samsung Galaxy Note II
- 02-01-2011, 07:30 PM #12
You've got lots of choice on Verizon in way of Android-based phones with physical QWERTY keyboards.
You could get the Droid, Devour, Ally, Droid 2, and Droid Pro. All of them great phones.
I don't see why you'd think there wouldn't be any phones. There are 5 phones right there.
Other carriers have less choice if you need an Android physical keyboard. Sprint has 4. AT&T has 3. T-Mobile has 4. And the regional carriers, we all know what kind of selection they have. Verizon is the carrier to be with if you want QWERTY keyboards.
- 02-01-2011, 07:52 PM #13Samsung Galaxy Note II
guh, im totally the kind of person who needs to get used to something but what happens if i dont like a non-keyboard phone? i guess verizon will take it back but now im not so sure.
ill really have to sit on this one or maby use my gf's phone more. thanks for the advice!!!
- 02-01-2011, 09:26 PM #15
In terms of production the qwerty keyboard is likely more expensive to produce, ie., moving parts, and tooling. Whereas the touch keyboard is just software. Also, they are not going to continue to produce qwerty keyboards if demand is not there, the market clearly indicates that. It will most likely go the way of the "horse and buggy".
htc is the only droid phone ive heard of that rarely has any problems (samsungs gps problems, LG (do they even make an android phone), ect.) and its the only one i would consider because the root support is so good.
i should have rephrased the OP better to say there are no reasonable HTC querty phones anywhere on the market these days.
im just getting really antsy for a new phone and im eligible for an upgrade but i dont want to get the TB and be disappointed and have to wait for a non-existent phone to come out. it would be different if the merge had a more solid release date and i just had to wait but at this point i dont even see any decent replacements on the horizon.
- 02-02-2011, 07:20 AM #17
Coming from a guy who hated touchscreen keyboards... I was amazed on how fast I learn to type on this thing. The best part of it is, no more thumb pain from typing a lot.
I had no choice but to adapt... that's if you want to use some of the best devices out their.
Ps.Is sprint the only other platform that as CDMA?
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It does suck that the HTC merge was dropped. The t-mobile G2 is simply an amazing device. I thought I could do without a keyboard with the nexus one but ended up frustrated more times then not. Physical keyboards are just so satisfying to type on. Sure there are times where I don't pull it out to respond to a quick text or something, but when I have to enter something a little longer (like this) makes the keyboard well worth it.
Sent from my HTC Vision
- 02-02-2011, 10:31 AM #23
I'm shocked to read the negative comments about Moto. No, I wouldn't want the blur thing, either, but the orig. Droid put them back on the map. It's a brick, in the right sense. Rock solid, nary a problem, everything I ever want(ed) in a phone. Amazing. So they're in the mix, to me, unless quality falls off again, like it did in the past.