We all know that now is the generation of touch and there are almost no other options left. Although physical keyboard phones might not be the mainstream anymore but sometimes it’s hard to beat the feel of real keys under your fingertips. The Blackberry lovers may still have default choices for many, but Android has a few of its own gems too. However, there are few great QWERTY Android handsets released very often and in this article we are going to only talk about them. So read this article as it contains some of the best android smartphones which has a physical QWERTY keypad.
Motorola Droid 4
A QWERTY lover will know well that it wouldn’t be a best of QWERTY list without a Motorola device. However, the Droid 4 may be a little older than LG’s Enact, but it is still a very strong contender in this list. The Motorola Droid 4 is the go-to Android device if you’re in the market for a physical keyboard but however, the older Texas Instruments processor is starting to show its age and the Ice Cream Sandwich means that you’ll miss out on some of the latest Android features. The specs of this device are given below and it prices $500.
Specs of Motorola Droid 4 in brief
- Display – 4.0 inch TFT display, 540×960 pixels, 275ppi
- OS – Android 2.3.5, upgradable to 4.0.4
- Processor – 1.2 GHz dual-core TI OAMP 4430
- GPU – PowerVR SGX540
- RAM – 1GB
- Memory – 16GB internal storage, MicroSD support for a further 32GB
- Cameras – 8 megapixel camera with 1080p 30fps video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE compatible
- Dimension – 5.00 x 2.65 x 0.50 inches (127 x 67 x 13 mm)
- Protective feature – Water and dust resistance coating
- Battery – 1785 mAh battery, 12.5 hours talk time
This is among the few QWERTY devices released in 2013 and this device aims to strike a balance between mid-range hardware and latest Android features, without breaking the bank. One of the biggest selling points for the LG Enact are its large 2460mAh battery, offering over 11 hours of talk time, and it’s more modern GPU for a little extra performance. The device costs near $350.
Specs of LG Enact in brief
- OS – Android 4.1.2
- Display – 4.0 inch TFT display, 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
- Processor – 1.2 GHzdual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
- GPU – Adreno 305
- RAM – 1GB
- Memory – 8GB internal storage, Micro SD support for an additional 64GB
- Cameras – 5 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording, 0.3 megapixel front facing camera
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11/a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE compatible
- Battery – 2460mAh battery, 11.6 hours talk time
- Dimension – 4.37 x 2.06 x 0.62 inches (111 x 52 x 16 mm)
Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE
The Droid 4 may be the most well-known QWERTY Motorola handset though but the Photon Q is really an upgrade in most respects. Motorola’s Photon Q comes with a larger 4.3-inch 540×960 display, and can be updated to Android 4.1 whereas the Droid 4 is only supported up to 4.0.4. The only real downside compared to the Droid 4 is that the Photon Q has slightly less inbuilt storage but that’s not much of an issue because there is an inclusion of a Micro SD slot. The device will cost you around $400.
Specs of Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE in brief
- OS – Android 4.1
- Display – 4.3 inch TFT display, 540 x 960 pixels, 256ppi
- Processor – 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
- GPU – Adreno 225
- RAM – 1GB RAM
- Memory – 8GB built in storage, Micro SD card slot with support for 32GB
- Cameras – 8 megapixels rear camera with 1080p 30fps video recording, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE and HSDPA+ networking
- Battery – 1785mAh battery, 7.5 hours talk time
- Dimensions – 4.98 x 2.60 x 0.54 inches (126.4 x 66 x 13.7 mm)
- Protection – Water and dust resistance
Though Photo Q was released back in August 2012 but it is still a decent little handset with sufficient hardware and software to offer a full Android experience.
The LG’s Mach is just over a year old and is still a handset that offers some the best value for money. This device from LG can be found for a lot cheaper than the Photon Q and LG Enact and so that does mean that the hardware is cut down at places but overall it is still a tough handset to beat in the budget category. The device’s cameras won’t be winning any awards but the rest of the hardware is comparable to many of the best QWERTY Android handsets available. The device prices around $400.
Specs of LG Mach in brief
- OS – Android 4.0
- Display – 4 inch LCD display, 480×800 pixels, 233ppi
- Processor – 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus
- GPU – Adreno 225
- RAM – 1GB
- Memory – 8GB internal storage, Micro SD card slot with support for 32GB
- Cameras – 5 megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, 0.3 megapixel front facing camera
- Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, LTE compatible
- Dimensions – 4.64 x 2.56 x 0.48 inches (118 x 65 x 12 mm)
- Battery – 1700mAh battery, 9.5 hours talk time
These are the few but amazing QWERTY android phones which will keep you out of the crowd.