Inspite of the popularity of pure touchscreen slabs since the coming of the iPhone, the QWERTY candybar form factor has proven that it has its very loyal share of fans and users. All over the world, QWERTY candybars are selling like hotcake, and it doesn’t look like the form factor is fading away for a long time.
Apparently aware of this trend, the manufacturers have decided to ride the wave and are throwing out a slew of hybrid devices that incorporate both a hardware QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen in a candybar form. We shall borrow a term to call them from Nokia – Touch-and-Type.
Behold the Touch-and-Type entrants –
- 640 x 480 pixel, 2.46 inch, Gorilla glass TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Symbian Anna on a 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, with 2D/3D Graphics HardWare Accelerator
- 8 megapixel, full focus camera, with dual-LED flash
- 720p@25fps video recording
- 8 GB internal storage, microSD slot, and USB On-the-go support
- 1500 mAh battery
- The E6 is being expected before the end of June 2011
Samsung Galaxy Pro B7510
- 320 x 240 pixel, 2.8 inch, TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo) on a 800 MHz processor
- 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera
- QVGA@30fps video recording
- 512 MB internal storage, plus microSD slot
- 1350 mAh battery
- The Galaxy Pro has been available since April 2011, and is already in the Nigerian market
BlackBerry Bold Touch 9900/9930
- 640 x 480 pixel, 2.8 inch, TFT capacitive touchscreen
- BlackBerry 7 on a 1.2GHz processor
- 5 megapixel camera with autofocus & LED flash
- 720p video recording
- 8 GB internal storage, plus microSD slot
- 1230 mAh battery
- The 9900/9930 is being expected before the end of June 2011
So, we have a touch-and-type smartphone represented on Symbian, Android and Blackberry, so for you QWERTY candybar folks, you have options. In addition, the Motorola DROID PRO XT610, another Android messenger, has been around since November 2010, but that is one handset that hasn’t been seen in many markets.
If you had to pick one of the above, which one would it be, and what would your criteria be?