For some of us, it just gotta be QWERTY.
Because my job requires that I review phones, I have no problem using a pure touchscreen device when I have to. But my preference – a hardware QWERTY!
You see, I have large hands and big fingers. Nothing like an excellent hardware QWERTY agrees with those more.
My very first smartphone had a hardware QWERTY keyboard. The mobiles that have spent the greatest amount of time with me were all hardware QWERTY devices. Examples include the Nokia E61, Nokia 9500 and Nokia E90.
I loved the Nokia N8 for its fantastic camera and multimedia prowess, but I kept picking up the E7 again and again. That superb keyboard just wouldn’t stop haunting me. Even now, I still carry it around every now and then.
Back in the day, when you owned a communicator, you had the most powerful devices on the block. Commies were the top dog.
I once ran my entire webhosting operation on the Nokia 9500 Communicator. That was a 4.5-inch display beast with a 330 MHz processor, a 640×480 VGA camera, and Opera HTML browser.
However, Nokia has done away with that form factor, and no-one else is doing anything like that.
My QWERTY Smartphones Till Date
- Nokia 9210 communicator
- Nokia 9500 communicator
- Nokia E61
- Nokia E61i
- Palm Treo 700P
- Sony Ericsson P990i
- Sony Ericsson P1i
- HTC Titan/Sprint Mogul pocket PC
- Samsung i780 pocket PC
- Nokia E90 communicator
- T-mobile G1
- Nokia E75
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X1
- Samsung B7320
- LG GW550
- Nokia N900
- HTC Touch Pro2
- BlackBerry 9630 Tour
- Nokia E5
- Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro
- Palm Pre
- Blackberry 9800 Torch
- Nokia E7
- Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510
- Blackberry 9300 Curve 3G
- LG C660 Optimus Pro
- BlackBerry Curve 9360
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
I also love great multimedia on my mobiles. Unfortunately, devices with hardware QWERTY usually don’t come with the best camera and musical experiences. However, as long as the multimedia experience is not poor, I can live with the trade-off.
A guy Can Dream
If I had one mobile wish that any of the gods of mobile can grant right now, here it is: iOS or Windows Phone user interface, plus mass storage functionality, with a 4.5-inch display in a communicator form factor.
I would bite. Hard.
There you are – my world of QWERTY smartphones. Give me QWERTY or…