Addicting to Texting? Check out Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad


Android is a flexible operating system and works well with different types of Smartphones. While most of the Android phones have full touchscreen display, there are few which have physical QWERTY keypad in addition to the touchscreen. So, basically the main theme of this article is – “Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad.”

Typing and sending mails become a lot easier when you have a physical QWERTY keypad resting on your Android phone. Although, there are several apps like QuickType and Swype available on Android Market but they can never make typing on a touchscreen similar to typing on a Physical keypad.

Following is a list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad which you can buy right now.

Let’s Begin.

Best Android Phones with QWERTY Keypad

#5 Samsung Galaxy Pro (Buy Online)

best-android-phones-with-qwerty-keypad-01It is one of the most basic Android phones available in market. In fact, the only reason why it is quite popular is that it has a comfortable QWERTY keypad. It comes with a nice set of hardware that supports several lightweight Android apps and Games. Samsung Galaxy Pro is placed in this list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad because Samsung is offering this Smartphone at a very nice price which makes buying this phone a great value for money deal.

Even before Social Networking became the norm, people used to chat a lot with their friends using SMS. If you feel that you can’t live without texting your friends, this phone is definitely going to empower you.

Key Features of Samsung Galaxy Pro

  • Display – 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • Processor– 800 MHz ARMv6
  • Operating System– Android v2.2.2 (Froyo)
  • Camera– 3.15-megapixel with AF, also records QVGA videos @ 30 fps
  • Connectivity– Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • Memory – 160 MB internal, expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card, 2 GB included in the sales package, 270 MB RAM

Samsung Galaxy Pro can be bought for around Rs. 8,000/-

#4 Motorola Fire XT311 (Buy Online)

best-android-phones-with-qwerty-keypad-02Motorola Fire XT311 Smartphone comes with quite a bulky design which makes it a pretty average QWERTY Smartphone. Unlike several other Android phones with QWERTY keypad, Motorola Fire has a Vertical display. Motorola is pitching this decently powered phone with MotoSwitch UI on top of Gingerbread operating system which is plus point because not too many phones at this price support that OS.

On the whole, Motorola Fire XT311 is a great value for money Android device with QWERTY keypad and that’s the reason why it has gained a spot in this list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad.

Key Features of Motorola Fire XT311

  • Display– 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 240 pixels resolution
  • Processor– 600 MHz Qualcomm MSM7227-1 ARM 11 & Adreno 200 GPU
  • Operating System– Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
  • Camera– 3.15-megapixel, also records 480p videos @ 24 fps
  • Connectivity– Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • Memory – Expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card

Motorola Fire XT311 can be bought for around Rs. 8,700/-

#3 HTC ChaCha (Buy Online)

best-android-phones-with-qwerty-keypad-03HTC ChaCha comes in two unique colors which compliments HTC Sense UI which is a custom user interface designed HTC for its Android phones. HTC ChaCha feels awesome in the hand and is sort of style statement. Thought it was launched about a year ago but still it can support almost all the new apps & games that launched for Android OS (excluding the ones which have 3D interface).

On the whole, HTC ChaCha is a device for those who want a Smartphone that looks cool, since it earns top point in form factor and that’s why it has been placed at #3 spot in this list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad.

Key Features of HTC ChaCha

  • Display– 2.6-inch capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 320 pixels resolution
  • Processor– 800 MHz
  • Operating System– Android v2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Camera– 5-megapixel with AF and LED flash, also records D1 (720 x 480) videos @ 30 fps & VGA videos from the front facing camera
  • Connectivity– Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP
  • Memory – Expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card, 2 GB included in the sales package, 512 RAM, 512 MB ROM

HTC ChaCha can be bought for around Rs. 12,500/-

#2 Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro (Buy Online)

best-android-phones-with-qwerty-keypad-04It is a cute little Smartphone that feels really comfortable in the hands; in addition to form factor derived from Xperia Mini it has a larger display and powerful processor. This Smartphone can be really frustrating for people who have already used Android phones with larger display screenbecause they won’t be comfortable using the touchscreen of this phone even if this phone a slide-out QWERTY keypad.

The slide-out QWERTY keypad is quite comfortable to use, I generally prefer embedded QWERTY keypad but this one works fine too. If you are someone who loves texting but also needs a phone that has powerful hardware, you should consider Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro. In most cases, Girls would prefer buying this phone over, let’s say, an Android phone with 4.2-inch display.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro made it to this countdown of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad because of powerful performance packed in small package.

Key Features of Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro

  • Display– 3-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 320 x 480 pixels resolution
  • Processor– Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon, 1 GHz Scorpion processor with Adrena 205 GPU
  • Operating System – Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) would be upgraded to Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Camera– 5-megapixel with AF and LED flash, also records subpar 720p HD videos @ 30 fps
  • Connectivity– Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • Memory – 400 MB internal, Expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card, 2 GB included in the sales package, 512 RAM

Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro can be bought for Rs. 16,000/-

#1 Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro (Buy Online)

best-android-phones-with-qwerty-keypad-05Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is the giant of this lot; it is the most powerful Android operated Smartphonethat comes with a slide-out physical QWERTY pad. Physical slide-out QWERTY keypad does adds weight to this phone but still it looks pretty sleek and doesn’t feel that hefty in the hands. It comes with a micro HDMI port with which you can connect this phone to your HDTV and enjoy movies, games and internet.

On the whole, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is the Smartphone Android phone with QWERTY keypad. Like Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro, this phone also runs on TimeScape UI on top of Android operating system. While most of its competitors are using dual core processor, this one runs on single-core, but there’s no reason to worry because the user interface has been optimized and this phone is planned to get Ice Cream Sandwich update soon.

In short, Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is truly an awesome Android Smartphone with QWERTY keypad and thus deserve the top spot in this list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad.

Key Features of Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro

  • Display– 3.7-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels resolution
  • Processor– Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon, 1 GHz Scorpion processor with Adreno 205 GPU
  • Operating System– Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) would be upgraded to Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Camera– 8-megapixel with AF and LED flash, also records superb 720p HD videos @ 30 fps with video light
  • Connectivity– Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP
  • Memory – 1 GB internal, Expandable up to 32 GB using microSD card, 8 GB included in the sales package, 512 RAM

Final Words

The term “Smartphone” became popular because of business phones from BlackBerry which, till date, features the signature QWERTY keypad. Unlike BlackBerry, Android sells because of its flexibility, custom mods and lakhs of interesting apps.

It can’t be universally stated that which sort of Android Smartphones are the Best, it actually varies from person to person. I know a lot of people who don’t like typing on a touchscreen whereas I am very comfortable in typing on touchscreen with Swype add-on.

So, what do you think about my list of Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad. If you have any other phones which you think deserve to be placed in this category, do mention them in the comments section below.

If you need any help in buying a Smartphone, you can always consult me using the comment form below.

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One Response to “Addicting to Texting? Check out Best Android Smartphones with Physical QWERTY Keypad”

  1. Joy Lawson
    February 21, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    I have never had a smart phone. My wireless service provider is AT @ T. I am trying to educate myself before I buy. My priorities are qwerty keypad, ease of use. I don’t like blackberry’s because keypad seems so small. Also, not sure if I need or want slide out keypad. Out of the 5 phones that you have reviewed in this article, can you make a suggestion for me. I want to spend $100 or less and will even consider used or refurbished. If none of these phones are at @t compatible, can u recommend something in their line. Thanks. Joy

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