If you must use a smartphone with a hardware QWERTY keyboard in 2015, you have nowhere to turn but to BlackBerry. Maybe that isn’t 100% true. There are chances that there are some small, unknown brands out there still churning out one or two such devices. But among the most visible brands, all you have left is Blackberry.
The most up-to-date QWERTY smartphones are all BlackBerrys. Go with the king, the Passport, or its more compact sibling, the Classic. And then, we have the Q5 and Q10 too. All of them run BlackBerry 10.3. BlackBerry 10 OS is really good and meets the needs of most users. These are the top QWERTY smartphones available in 2015. If not interested in a Berry, you will be left to hunt for relics in the trashcans of Android OS – and if more adventurous, Symbian OS. LOOOL.
You see, the last time that most other brands produced a hardware QWERTY smartphone was in 2012. That is three years ago. We are talking devices running Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and powered by single or dual-core processors. There are a few 2014 QWERTY phones with a hardware keyboard though. They run Android 4.x.x Jelly Bean too. See if they fit your bill:
Icemobile Apollo 3G
Who is IceMobile and where to get your hands on this one? Search me.
LG Optimus F3Q
The LG Optimus F3Q is for T-mobile USA only, so you will need to relocate if you aren’t currently resident there.
The Last of the QWERTY Clan
It is just simple: if you want a modern, capable QWERTY smartphone in 2015, think BlackBerry 10. Dazall.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.