Call me old-fashioned, but I love physical keyboards on smartphones. I was a huge fan of BlackBerry phones back in the day – actually, I still am. Their physical keyboards made them easy to search for anything, from a telephone directory website to a nearby Chinese takeout place. Did you know that there are actually some smartphones out on the market right now that still have a physical QWERTY keyboard? Here are the best ones.
Remember how I said that I still loved BlackBerry? Their phones may have fallen out of popularity due to the rise of Apple and Samsung, but they’ve still been developing some amazing devices. The BlackBerry Priv offers a large touchscreen, Android Lollipop, and an 18-megapixel camera. However, my favorite feature is its slide-out, physical keyboard. It makes it easy to send emails, find a telephone directory, and write quick texts. And when you’re not typing, you can just slide it back out of view.
LG Xpression 2
What’s great about the LG Xpression 2, besides having a physical keyboard, is how affordable it is. Most retailers offer it for less than $100. If you just need a simple phone with touchscreen capabilities and a physical slide-out keyboard, perhaps solely for texts or work emails, this is the one for you. Its design is also a bit of a throwback to the iconic Sidekick, which definitely brings some nostalgia for me.
Unsurprisingly, BlackBerry is on this list twice. Their KeyONE model combines the productivity of a physical keyboard with Android’s efficiency. Like the Priv, the KeyONE is ideal for people who send a lot of texts and emails with their phones. In addition, it features a 12-megapixel camera and a battery that typically lasts an entire day on a full charge.
Any of these phones would make a great holiday gift for a friend, family member, or even yourself. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself to a phone that combines the best of old and new technology. If you already have a touchscreen smartphone, though, you can look into buying a keyboard cover. Samsung offers several for their flagship Galaxy models.