shuwaz

Which is the best QWERTY phone?

I am sick and tired of touchscreen phones and cant seem to find what i want. The Nokia, E71 was cool but I decided to move on as the older the phone got the more the phone seemed to get sluggish (intentional manufacturer bug?). The BB Bold 9700 was cool (good battery, light, looked good and great for input etc) but the OS was rubbish and so were the apps (or lack of them). The HTC Desire Z (current phone) is too bulky and the touchscreen can freeze up, randomly auto-rotate and crash (i.e. Android). Most annoying of all is when the phone rings and despite swiping in every manner possible the phone not responding and me therefore missing a call.

Therefore, I am looking to ditch the funky phones and go total-retro. Going back to a basic, basic Nokia and will keep a Tablet (with data sim) for emailing and web access. Only problem is, I know as a minimum I must have a QWERTY keyboard.

With the costs of the tablet I will only be able to purchase a used handset. At the moment I am thinking E72. They're about £150 used on eBay and arent too heavy either.

Please dont mention the Motorla Spice, Acer BeTouch E210 or HTC ChaCha. They are all held back by poor CPUs and limited RAM/ROM.

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Apr. 7, 2011 at 21:54

How about Motorla Spice, Acer BeTouch E210 or HTC ChaCha??? :p

Just kidding.
I so know where you're coming from. I could have written that post!

I thought, hey - the man is waiting for the Nokia E6 or E7, but you say "2nd hand". So, hm...
I have a back-up Nokia E5, and you know what - it looks a bit cheesy and plasticky, but I found out it's very sturdy, faster than the Nokia E72 (minus the optical d-pad that annoyed me to no end), and the keyboard beats - in no particular order - those of the Bold 9780, E72, E71, E63... It's like a combination of the Nokia E61 and the E71 - with the best of both world.
And it's cheap, sticks to all signals like velcro.
Battery life is almost Bold good - I am a heavy mobile web/email/IM user, and I sometimes plug the E5's charger in just to see if the battery bars are actually moving :D

I loved the E61, and the Nokia E71, but the E72 was not my thing, and I honestly think performance-wise the E5 is the better phone. But ...

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 7, 2011 at 21:54

How about Motorla Spice, Acer BeTouch E210 or HTC ChaCha??? :p

Just kidding.
I so know where you're coming from. I could have written that post!

I thought, hey - the man is waiting for the Nokia E6 or E7, but you say "2nd hand". So, hm...
I have a back-up Nokia E5, and you know what - it looks a bit cheesy and plasticky, but I found out it's very sturdy, faster than the Nokia E72 (minus the optical d-pad that annoyed me to no end), and the keyboard beats - in no particular order - those of the Bold 9780, E72, E71, E63... It's like a combination of the Nokia E61 and the E71 - with the best of both world.
And it's cheap, sticks to all signals like velcro.
Battery life is almost Bold good - I am a heavy mobile web/email/IM user, and I sometimes plug the E5's charger in just to see if the battery bars are actually moving :D

I loved the E61, and the Nokia E71, but the E72 was not my thing, and I honestly think performance-wise the E5 is the better phone. But ...

shuwaz  Apr. 7, 2011 at 22:54

"How about Motorla Spice, Acer BeTouch E210 or HTC ChaCha???"
Ho-ho!

Is it me or are you the only person on here who replies to my posts (but hey, its not that I'm complaining)? Or are you the only person who replies to anyone's posts... period?

I could go for a new phone like the E6 when it comes out (buy it new i suppose, if it meets its potential. As for the E7 then its a bit too HTC Desire Z-ish for me. I get sick and tired of flipping and whipping out the keyboard to reply to every text (I cant use the touchscreen keyboard, its just too cramped for me... my fingers need space and freedom, they're quite a sensitive bunch you see).

The E5 looks like a good option (even new @ £150 is a tempting prospect). I think I need to research it further and see if I can get a go of it in one of the high street shops.

Jan does it again... thanks!

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 7, 2011 at 23:01

Yeah, I'm not too much into the Desire Z/E7 type complication myself. On a cold winter day with my E71 I was able to type and send sms with my hand in the coat pocket...can't do that with a toucher or slide-out qwerty LOL

shuwaz  Apr. 7, 2011 at 23:06

LOL.
I think I'm on the verge of ordering an E5 (on O2, £149.99).

shuwaz  Apr. 7, 2011 at 23:19

E5 on ebay going quite cheap though!

tdwag  Apr. 8, 2011 at 12:55

To fix the android call issue, just blank the screen and wake it up again - I assume the Z has the button on top?

shuwaz  Apr. 8, 2011 at 16:41

LOL.
Come on... do you really think I havent tried that? The phone will not respond until it wants to. This can vary from 15 seconds (after the call has finished) or a minute. Hitting the standby button (at the top) does nothing to change this... other than annoy you.

Phlegonra  Jul. 12, 2011 at 07:59

i second the Nokia E5 and it's one of the few that have HD voice capabilities too :-)

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