QWERTY Android phones – part 3

QWERTY Android phones – part 3Last week we took a look at some of the few QWERTY Android phones on the market. Part 1 focused on HTC, while the second instalment was all about Motorola. I reckon those guys are the most prolific QWERTY Android manufacturers. Maybe. Feel free to shout at me if I’m wrong.

As always, I highly recommend going back and reading the first few parts, if only ‘cause I spent furging ages writing them and playing around with the lovely pictures and what not.

For those of you who’re… Waitaminute, is that a valid contraction? “Using the who're contraction is pointless, non-standard, and may be misread as 'whore’.” Hmm, interesting... Anyway, for those of you are who are (a) whores, or (b) too lazy to read my earlier efforts; here’s a nice wee list summing up what you’ve missed so far:

  • HTC Desire Z
  • HTC ChaCha
  • HTC Merge and Evo Shift 4G (US only)
  • HTC Doubleshot (rumoured)
  • Motorola Milestone 2
  • Motorola DEXT
  • Motorola Flipout
  • Motorola Pro (US only)

Today we’ll look at Sony Ericsson and Sammy Samsung.

Samsung Galaxy Pro

Our democracy-loving cousins in America have been able to get their hands on a little something called the Samsung Epic 4G since last August. It’s essentially a business-oriented variant of the Galaxy S with a QWERTY keyboard, and last month it received a relatively low-key release in the UK as the Samsung Galaxy Pro. You can pick it up from Three.

The Samsung Galaxy Pro boasts an impressive four-row QWERTY keyboard as part of its portrait/candybar-style design, but otherwise it’s not too concerned with Joe or Jane Consumer. The camera is a modest 3MP and doesn’t have a flash, and the resolution on the 2.8in screen isn’t great (320x240), meaning some Android apps aren’t compatible.

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The 800MHz processor is more than adequate for this little chap, but it’s hard to recommend the Samsung Galaxy Pro for anyone other than hardcore messaging maniacs.

Screen size: 2.8in

Processor: 800MHz

Camera: 3MP

Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

Sony Ericsson is going a bit mental with its Android portfolio this year. The Xperia Pro was announced alongside three other spanking new devices at Mobile World Congress, namely the Arc, Neo and Play.

We’re not sure when the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro will arrive. It was expected in June, but there have been disruptions with Sony Ericsson’s other wares as a result of the Japan earthquake. The Xperia Neo, for example, slipped from April to June/July, and supplies of the Play and Arc are reportedly low.

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When the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro does finally arrive, it promises to be one of the best QWERTY Android options out there. It has a 3.7in screen (same as the HTC Desire Z), 1GHz processor and 8MP camera. It’ll also ship with Gingerbread, making it far and away the sexiest option in terms of specs.

Oh, and rather importantly, we really liked the keyboard when we saw the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro in Barcelona. There’s a nice little gap between the keys. I think I want one…

Screen size: 3.7in

Processor: 1GHz

Camera: 8.1MP

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro

This little guy is remarkably small when his slide-out keyboard is tucked away, though he is a little bit chunky. Still, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro will easily fit in your pocket, and weighs just 88g.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini pro might be tiny, but the QWERTY is surprisingly easy to use. The keys are raised and well spaced out. Some might struggle with the display, however, as it’s a mere 2.55in.

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Screen size: 2.55in

Processor: 600MHz

Camera: 5MP

Fans of the Xperia X10 mini pro will no doubt be excited by the prospect of its successor, codenamed the Sony Ericsson Mango. It’ll stretch the screen size to a more agreeable 3in, with an extra 200MHz of processing juice.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2011 at 13:55

I add some totally useless trivia: the reasons for why keys on qwerty keyboards are arranged the way they are? Usability? Nope. Ergonomics? Nope. The top row contains all letters to spell 'typewriter'. The early salesmen for typewriters were often not so, ahem, literate. so to demonstrate typewriters to potential buyers, they had to be able to speedily type a word, and the cool word to show off was 'typewriter'... there. History f.o.c. :p

Constantine  May. 9, 2011 at 14:51

And there was me thinking it was to stop the keys jamming by spacing out the most commonly used letters, improving productivity by reducing the chance of the strike plates sticking

JanSt / MOD  May. 9, 2011 at 15:45

And improving productivity would mean looking qt ergonomics. Have the most frequently used letters nearest to 'strongest' fingers. Etc...

mrew42  May. 9, 2011 at 16:00

Admin  May. 9, 2011 at 17:18

I'm sticking with the mechanical reasons (spacing apart frequently hit letters) over the 'typewriter' one - sorry JanSt!


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