Just like how ebook readers will never completely replace books, virtual keypads are no substitute for the good old physical keyboard. Besides being much more comfortable to use, the incorporation of a physical keyboard on a smartphone (especially the slide out ones) have several other benefits. For one, it frees up a lot of screen real estate while you text message or email. The tactile feedback of physical keyboards also allow for faster, more accurate typing. Nevertheless, due to the popularity of full touchscreen smartphones, the variety of phones with physical keyboards is much limited with far less models to choose from. With that said, here is a list of excellent Android smartphones that come with physical keyboards.
Samsung Captivate Glide
In recent years, Samsung have not only made a name for itself for producing some of the best Android smartphones in the market, but also some of the most well priced. The Samsung Captivate Glide is an excellent entry level or mid-range phone for those who are looking for a keyboard smartphone with decent processing power and features. This phone comes with a 1Ghz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage (expandable to 32GB through the use of a SD card). It usually ships with Android 2.3 but is upgradeable to Android 4.0 (and hopefully Android 4.4 in the near future). For its display, the Glide has a 4-inch AMOLED screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. At the time of writing, you can buy one of these for less than $140 per pop.
Motorola Droid 3
Motorola is famous for making high-quality, durable cell phones so choosing one from its series is always safe choice. The Droid 3 is a 4-inch Android phone with a slide-out keyboard on its landscape axis. The 4-inch screen has a 540 x 960 resolution and also a 8MP camera on the back. In terms of specs, the device comes with a 1Ghz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB of RAM and 16GB for storage. It comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but you might be able to upgrade it to the latest Android 4.4 KitKat very soon! The device measures 4.88 x 2.52 x 0.51 in dimensions and weighs close to 6 ounces. The Droid 3 is the perfect phone for those who are looking for a entry level Android phone with a keyboard. Currently, you can get your hands on one for just under $180.
LG My Touch Q
This is another excellent 3.5-inch Android keyboard smartphone with similar specs as the other two models before this. It comes with a 1Ghz processor, 512MB of RAM and 2GB-32GB for storage. The 3.8-inch display is an AMOLED screen with a 480 x 800 resolution. It too runs on Android 2.3 and comes with a 5MP camera. This is a discontinued product, but you can still get your hands on one for just around $100 each.
Sony Xperia Mini Pro
For a while, the Sony Xperia Mini Pro was one of the best-selling entry-level keyboard smartphone thanks to its appealing design and competitive pricing. It is currently priced at just around $100 each. The operative word here is ‘entry-level’, so as long as you have realistic expectations with it, you will be fine. The Mini Pro comes with a single core 1Ghz processor, a 5MP camera, and up to 16GB of storage with the help of a SD card. The device runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The 3-inch multi-touch screen has 320 x 480 pixels and had a scratch resistant surface. While the Xperia Mini Pro on its own is an excellent Android phone with a physical keyboard, it is worth mentioning that this model is about 3 years old so it will only make an excellent buy for those who don’t mind getting a smartphone without all the latest bells and whistles.
Samsung Galaxy Y Pro
By today’s standards, the Galaxy Y is the definition of the term ‘entry-level’. It is a basic Android smartphone that is designed for those who reminisce over the good old Blackberry days. The Galaxy Y looks and feels like a Blackberry. This phone comes with a modest 2.6-inch screen and a modest 832 MHz processor. Other features include a 3.15MP camera and the Android 2.3 OS. Some retailers are currently selling this model at around $150 each. From a specs and feature point of view, the Galaxy Y does not really provide outstanding value by today’s standards. Nevertheless, I can imagine many customers who would be excited to own one of these for its nostalgic and novelty factor.
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