I genuinely wondered if I’d penned a “best QWERTY smartphones” feature before, so had a quick gander through our features history. I must be thinking about the time I had a look at QWERTY Android phones in particular, which necessitated not one nor two nor three but four instalments. Phew.
In said series, I concluded that there wasn’t a huge deal of demand for QWERTY handsets – (a) sliders are chunky, (b) candybars have small screens, and (c) large phones can accommodate decent on-screen keyboards – but there’s still a nice selection out there if you demand physical keys for your big fat digits.
Enter: The best QWERTY smartphones.
Note: prices are correct at the time of publication, but inevitably they’ll change five minutes later. Don’t come crying to me, kids.
Indeed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that RIM’s co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaradis had buttered me up with a stonking great bribe. I can assure you, that Porsche outside with the license plate RIM J08 was bought with my own hard-earned.
The BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900 also has the distinct honour of being one of the few phones – QWERTY or otherwise – that our resident German maniac, Jan, approves of.
Price: £458.54 @ Amazon
Processor: 1.2GHz Snapdragon
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February alongside the Play, Neo and Arc, but it wasn’t till October this year that the QWERTY slider finally touched down. Take your time, man.
It’s probably fair to say that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is SE’s answer to the much-loved HTC Desire Z. In fact, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro actually pips its Taiwanese equivalent in the processing and camera departments, and there’s also the guarantee of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) goodness. Sweet.
Price: £294.99 @ Play
Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255
It’s coming, it’s not, it’s coming, it’s not… ahh, here it is! That’s pretty much how the story of the Motorola Pro went here in the UK.
The Motorola Pro first hit Stateside shelves in November 2010 – yes, 2010 – and now, one year later, we’ve finally got the Motorola Pro+ o’er here. It ships with Gingerbread (Android 2.3), but we’re keeping our fingers crossed for an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).
Price: £289.79 @ Amazon
You asked for it, you’ve got it. Here’s the token entry for Windows Phone 7. Was that a little harsh? Meh, I’m sure Microsoft can take it.
It was a toss-up between this and the big old Dell Venue Pro. The latter is definitely worth checking out too. Have a gander at Dave’s Dell Venue Pro review.
The HTC 7 Pro is essentially the Windows Phone 7 version of the HTC Desire Z, with a sliiiightly smaller display (by 0.1in), and a wee bit more juice in the processing department.
Price: £388.80 @ Clove (we’ve seen it as low as £220 (eBuyer) in the past)
Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250
Have I offended you greatly by failing to mention your favourite QWERTY smartphone? Hit us up with a comment below, Jeeves.