Android phones with physical QWERTY keypad

There is no doubt that Android phones are feature rich smartphones with excellent browser and multimedia capabilities but a lot of users like the ability to have a physical QWERTY keyboard as it is useful for some one who texts or emails a lot, here are some good Android phones with physical QWERTY keyboard.

Android phones with physical QWERTY keyboard broadly come in two flavor the first one looks like a traditional android touch screen phone where the physical keyboard slides out, the other looks like a traditional blackberry QWERTY phone, I am going to list both the models and will be listing them with the lowest priced ones first.

1) Samsung Galaxy 551: This a traditional slide out QWERTY Android phone but the screen size is 3.2 inches capacitive touchscreen but the resolution is a bit un-conventional at  240 x 400, the good thing is that this phone comes preloaded with Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box the internal memory is a bit limited at just 160 MB, for external storage it has support for microSD card on connectivity front it does not disappoint and has features like WiFi b/g/n, 3G (7.2 Mbps), bluetooth and GPS .

Samsung Glaxy 551 QWERTY Android

It also features a rear facing auto-focus camera which has a resolution of 3.1 MP, this phone runs on a 667 Mhz and comes with a battery having a capacity of 1200 mAh, this Android phone is priced around Rs 11,000 it has some short comings like low screen resolution and low internal memory but if you are on a tight budget and want a physical QWERTY android phone check this phone out.


2) Samsung Galaxy Pro:
This phone looks very similar to blackberry QWERTY based phones but the similarities end there, this is a full featured Android phone it comes preloaded with Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box, has a 2.8 inches capacitive touch screen supporting a resolution of 320 x 240. This phone comes loaded with all the standard features that you can expect like WiFi b/g/n, 3G (7.2 Mbps), bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS.

QWERTY Samsung Galaxy Pro

This phone runs on a 800 Mhz processor and has a rear camera which is 3.1 MP , the Lithium ion battery has a capacity 1350 mAh, this phone has support for DivX/Xvid/MP4/WMV/H.26 out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Pro retails for around Rs 12,500, but I have seen it’s street price for just Rs 8,500.

3) Motorola CHARM: This model by Motorola is again very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Pro but this is a 2010 model and comes with Android 2.1 and will not be upgradable to Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Motorola CHARM features a capacitive 2.8 inch screen with tough gorilla glass and sports a resolution of 320 x 240 px, the interface used on the phone is MOTOBLUR, according to specs the internal memory is 512 MB RAM and additional storage can be expanded using the microSD card which can support upto 32 GB but many users are reporting only 70 MB is the available free memory which can be a constraint if you want to load a lot of third party apps as this phone is not going to get the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update you cannot install the apps on the external microSD card.

Motorola Charm a QWERTY Android

This phone runs on a 600 Mhz processor and also a PowerVR processor for graphics acceleration on the connectivity front you can expect the standard feature set WiFi b/g/n, 3G (Upto 3.6 Mbps), bluetooth V2.0 with A2DP and GPS. It also has a rear facing camera with a resolution of 3.1 MP, the Motorola CHARM is was retailing for around Rs 12,000 but now the price has come down to about Rs 7,000.

4) HTC Cha Cha: This QWERTY phone is made by HTC and has very tight integration with facebook and has a dedicated button for facebook, this model is expected to be launched by the end of April early May hence the pricing is  not yet known it is very similar in specs to the above mentioned Samsung Galaxy Pro but this one is supposed to come loaded with Android 2.3 known as Gingerbread and has a screen size of 2.6 with a resolution of  480 x 320.

HTC Cha Cha

The HTC Cha Cha runs on a 600 Mhz processor  and also has 2 camera the front facing VGA for video chat and the rear facing 5 MP with LED flash, the battery capacity is 1250 mAh, on the connectivity front it has the standard features that you can expect on a Android phone like WiFi b/g/n, 3G (7.2 Mbps), bluetooth 3 with A2DP and GPS.

5) Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 Mini Pro: This Android phone by Sony has a slide out QWERTY keyboard and is very small in size, but the only big down side with this phone is that it comes loaded with a outdated version of Android 1.6 (Sony states that it can be upgraded to Android 2.1 only purchase it if it is available with Android 2.1) the only thing is that the phone has a very low internal memory of just 128 MB.

This phone runs on a 600 Mhz processor has all the standard connectivity that you can expect like WiFi b/g, bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS, and runs on the Sony skinned interface called Timescape on top of Android, the XPERIA X10 Mini Pro is available of around Rs 13,500 – 14,000 not one of my preferred choice due to outdated OS and limited memory if you are planning to purchase this model make sure you play around with a demo unit to see if it performs as per your expectations.

6) Motorola MILESTONE: This model by Motorola was one of the first slide out QWERTY Android phone it was launched in late 2009, but now ships with Android 2.2 (Froyo) it features a large 3.7 capacitive touchsceen make of tough Gorilla Glass sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 px, it runs on a 600 Mhz processor and also has a PowerVR graphics chip to help with graphics acceleration it has 256 MB of internal RAM and supports microSD for upto 32 GB of storage.

Motorola Milestone

On the connectivity it has all the features like WiFi b/g, 3G (download speeds upto 10.2 Mbps and upload HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps) bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. It also support dual camera a front facing VGA camera for video chat and rear facing 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, the battery capacity is 1400 mAh the pricing for Motorola MILESTONE  is around Rs 20,500.

7) Motorola Cliq 2: This is a new slide out QWERTY model by Motorola and features a large 3.7 inch capacitive touchscreen supporting a good resolution of 480 x 854 px, this phone runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) out of the box and runs on a speedy 1 GHz processor it also has a good 512 MB of internal RAM and 1 GB of onboard storage extra storage upto 32 GB can be added via microSD card.

On the connectivity it has all the features like WiFi b/g/n DLNA support, 3g (download speeds upto 10.2 Mbps and upload HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps) bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. It also support dual camera a front facing VGA camera for video chat and rear facing 5 MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash, the battery capacity is 1420 mAh the pricing for Motorola Cliq 2 is unknown but expect it be above Rs 20,000.

8] HTC Desire Z: This is high end Android phone by HTC and is very similar to the normal HTC Desire this one adds the slide out keyboard the HTC Desire Z features a S-LCD 3.7  inch capacitive touchscreen  screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 px, it runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and features a 800 Mhz processor and a Adreno 205 GPU graphic chip, it has 512 MB of internal RAM and 1.5 GB of internal storage extra storage upto 32 GB can be added via microSD card, as with all HTC Android phone this one also runs with the HTC Sense UI interface.

HTC Desire Z QWERTY phone

On the connectivity it has all the features like WiFi b/g,n with DLNA support, 3G (download speeds upto 14.4 Mbps and upload HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps) bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. It has a rear facing 5 MP camera with autofocus with LED flash and can also record video in HD at 720p the battery capacity is 1300 mAh the pricing for HTC Desire Z is around Rs 25,000 which according to me is a bit on the higher side.

9) Sony Ericsson XPERIA Pro: This is an up-coming high end Android slide out QWERTY keyboard by Sony expected to be launched by Late May 2011, this phone will run on the latest version of Android 2.3 known as Gingerbread it features a 3.7 capacitive touch screen sporting a reoslution of 480 x 854 px it also features the BRAVIA engine which would make playing Video playback very vivid, it also features the new Timescape UI interface, it features 512 MB of RAM and 1 GB of internal storage and upto 32 GB of storage can be added via microSD card a 8 GB microSD card is provided with the phone.

Sony XPERIA Pro QWERTY Gingerbread Android phone
The processor on the phone is a speedy 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor and on the connectivity front it has all the features like WiFi b/g,n with DLNA support, 3G (download speeds upto 7.2 Mbps and upload HSUPA upto 5.76 Mbps) bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS. The XPERIA Pro features dual camera the front facing VGA camera and arear facing 8  MP camera with autofocus and LED flash it can also record video in HD at 720p with continuous focus, the battery capacity is a roomy 1500 mAh the pricing for XPERIA Pro is not yet know but expect it to be above Rs 25,000.

So there you have it the most extensive selection of physical QWERTY based Android phones with a broad price range, you can also check out my earlier touchscreen mid segment android phones also check out my guide on how to select an android phone.




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  1. Jimit

    As written in your specifications Samsung galaxy pro has 2 cameras. But that is not true. Please check and revert back.

  2. Ranjit

    Jimit thanks for pointing me yes the Samsung Galaxy Pro has just one camera rear facing 3.1 MP camera, will fix the typo in the article.

    Cheers,
    Ranjit


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