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What's the best Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard?

I don't really like typing on touchscreens. What's the best Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard?

Most Useful Answer jaybear88  May. 31, 2012 at 15:55

^^^ haha, too right Matt. Desire Z is a great little handset and damn smooth from my limited play on it too.

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michaelsouris  May. 30, 2012 at 23:35

HTC Desire Z is still brilliant.
The latest HTC with slider keyboard is HTC 7 Pro but that runs Windows 7 not Android.
My daughter likes the ChaCha, which is keyboard below (like a Blackberry) but I can't get on with that sized device.

AhmadCentral  May. 30, 2012 at 23:41

Milestone 3 from Motorola is pretty good.

Also have a look at the Desire Z, The Motorola Pro + & the Xperia Mini Pro.

But tbh a standard on screen keyboard can be much better for typing, especially with all the customisation/skins from the market + the addition of swype.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 11:39

I'd have the Desire Z if I had to pick an Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard.

AhmadCentral  May. 31, 2012 at 11:45

Why exactly?

The Milestone 3 came out 1 year after the Desire Z and beats it in every department. Literally every single department. There is not one single advantage of getting the Desire Z over the Milestone 3.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 11:59

Oh, no technical reason, just the Milestone 3 is one of the ugliest QWERTY phones I've ever seen (bar the HTC Cha Cha).

krogothnx  May. 31, 2012 at 13:00

i find it a little bit disappointing the Droid/Milestone 4 hasn't made it's way over here yet.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 13:08

i find it a little bit disappointing the Droid/Milestone 4 hasn't made it's way over here yet.
Motorola barely acknowledge the existence of anyone or anything past the US' borders.

tensor  May. 31, 2012 at 13:37

Why exactly?

The Milestone 3 came out 1 year after the Desire Z and beats it in every department. Literally every single department. There is not one single advantage of getting the Desire Z over the Milestone 3.


Its not fugly, and has the sense UI.

On the other hand my Z had 3 hardware failures in 18 months :-(

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 14:49

Why exactly?

The Milestone 3 came out 1 year after the Desire Z and beats it in every department. Literally every single department. There is not one single advantage of getting the Desire Z over the Milestone 3.


Its not fugly, and has the sense UI.

On the other hand my Z had 3 hardware failures in 18 months :-(

Good old HTC, they use great quality materials, but seem to forget to actually stick these great quality components together :p.

jaybear88  May. 31, 2012 at 15:55

^^^ haha, too right Matt. Desire Z is a great little handset and damn smooth from my limited play on it too.

AhmadCentral  May. 31, 2012 at 16:08

I guess i'm the only one who thinks Motorola's simple designs are great.

But tbh i have a love hate relationship with motorola. I love their phones, but i hate how the US is the only country that gets them.

buxtahuda  Oct. 13, 2012 at 17:17

I guess i'm the only one who thinks Motorola's simple designs are great.

Simple? I guess, though I agree that I think it's far too square and an eye-sore. Have you ever actually, extensively, used a QWERTY slider handset?

I guarantee that you would find the Desire Z keyboard far superior to any other option on the market. The keys don't have much tactile feedback, but just enough to notice, not enough to slow you down. The keys are all mounded and separated so they're not flush with each other or the plastic underneath them: something I can't stand about most of Motorola's (and others') designs.

Naturally, being newer, the Milestone 3 has better specifications, and I'll admit that there are several more powerful options than the Desire Z, but it and other phones always seem to tack on a cheap keyboard as an afterthought. HTC designed the Desire Z around the keyboard, or so it seems to me.

And for a lack of specs, I've never had problems playing Android games and emulating NES/SNES/N64/PS1 consoles and am also able to make my phone last up to 48-72 hours on a single charge thanks to higher capacity batteries, the single-core processor, and under-volting that processor at certain times.

So long as you're not willing to put up with stock, and you are willing to tinker around heavily with your system, it almost does not matter what phone you get or what the specifications or current software level are: this is an Android 2.2 phone originally, which I have running Android 4.0 with an option to move up to Android 4.1 (thanks to the wonderful dev's at XDA and across the web). The exception is if you want to be able to play Tegra(3) games on your handset, which leaves you no options for a QWERTY keyboard as far as I know.

Tl;dr:

Aside from lower specifications, the Desire Z personally trumps any other QWERTY device on the market. This is because they actually focused on the largest selling point of the device: the keyboard!

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 14, 2012 at 19:30

Interesting point.(though: the Bold 9900 beats the Z's keyboard hands-down) I've been setting up a Motorola Pro+ for an acquaintance. Different formfactor, but a QWERTY device, nonetheless.What strikes me is how crap the keyboard is. In every regard. Keys are unevenly illuminated in low light. Some keys are rock hard, others are so soft, you constantly check the screen to see if the press actually registered.
One could say, hey, it's a small keyboard, yada yada, but the Palm Pixi has a much smaller QWERTY and it works perfectly.
Shame, course otherwise the Pro+ is a good device, and the freely assignable keyboard shortcuts are what Android needs. Battery life is okay, screen is okay, the device feels good in the hand and everything ticks along quite nicely. Maybe I'd need to spend more time with it to get used to the keyboard?!? Anyhow... you can shoot a Motorola Pro Plus for under £100 - and for that it beats many alternatives, incl the all-touch Huawei G300.

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