The market today is flooded with so many new mobile phone models that one just cannot decide which one to choose. The latest trend, as we all see it, is a desire to possess phones with a keyboard. Irrespective of whether the keypad is physical or virtual, the full QWERTY keyboard phone is what is most popular among the masses today.
There are many types of keyboard phones in the market today. You have the traditional candybar-style phones, some RIM’s BlackBerry models that come with physical full QWERTY keyboards, sliding QWERTY keyboard phones, side-sliders and even dual slider phones, which offer vertical and horizontal sliding keyboards for greater user convenience.
QWERTY keyboard phones give the user the great advantage of easily typing SMS’ and emails and also indulging in IM and social networking. A nice, handy keyboard allows one to effortlessly carry out all the above tasks without having to strain to do so. In this post, we bring you info on some of the very latest keyboard mobile phones and smartphones of 2010.
The Nexus One
The Nexus One is a Google Android smartphone, manufactured by HTC. It hit the market in January 2010 and has become very popular for its noise cancellation, GPS and voice-to-text transcribe functions. Currently available on T-Mobile and AT&T networks in the US, we can expect one more version for Vodafone (Europe) and Verizon (US) and Sprint very soon. The Nexus One is now on sale at the Google Web Store in Canada with Rogers, Bell, Telus and Wind Mobile.
This handheld comes with a 3.7” AMOLED display with a multi-touch display and PenTile matrix pixel arrangement. Its most prominent feature is its illuminated trackball, which can give out differently colored lights, depending on the type of notification received. This smartphone comes with a powerful Snapdragon processor, 5MP camera with auto-focus, GPS receiver, Bluetooth, microSD slot for up to 32GB memory expansion, micro USB and a virtual QWERTY keyboard for easy texting input.
Nokia 5730 XpressMusic phone
The Nokia 5730 XpressMusic phone is one of the latest full QWERTY phones that comes with a sliding keyboard. Additionally, this 3rd Edition of its Series 60 OS comes with a D-Pad, camera and some music transport controls too. The keyboard slides out easily and is durable. The keys are well-placed and have good travel and feedback, so typing out messages and emails is easy on this phone. All-in-all, this phone is stylish, sturdy and good to use.
ThickButtons – a new smartphone keyboard app
ThickButtons is another new app for PDA virtual keyboards. This one enlarges each button on your smartphone’s keyboard, thereby making it easier for you to type out each word with your fingertip. We tried this one out and think it is pretty decent. Take a look at the video below and you will get an idea of what exactly we are talking about.
Swype Keyboard coming to Android
We have now heard that the Swype keyboard will be coming to Android this year. Drawing letters on a virtual keyboard can sometimes be a pain. Swype claims to make drawing on a virtual keyboard easier than usual. The company says that its new app’s input system would be much faster than conventional virtual keyboards. Well, we are awaiting its release in the market to test it out.
Check out the video below comparing Swype and the Apple iPhone and tell us what you think.