There have been a few Windows Phone smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard. All of them, bar one, have a side-sliding keyboard, but the catch is that the Windows Phone 7 OS that they run doesn’t rotate to landscape mode at all or just only in some menus. The horror! I could never use a device that requires me to twist my neck and head one way just to be able to type. HTC 7 Pro and relatives, I am looking at you. One can only hope that this strange encounter of the third kind has been rectified in Windows Phone 8.
On the flip side, Windows Phone doesn’t look and feel right on really small displays, so the standard E71-style candy bar QWERTY factor should never be considered. Till we can confirm that Windows Phone 8 handles the side sliding keyboard form better, what we are left with is vertical sliding keyboard form of the Dell Venue Pro, as pictured above. The Venue Pro has been acclaimed as one of the finest Windows Phone smartphones ever. It has a solid build, a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard, making it possible to retain a big 4.1-inch display.
Will Nokia ever give us such a device? I think that they should consider it. I have had several enquiries from people who want to know when Nokia will be launching such a Lumia. Are you one of them? Have your say.