Even though we've grown accustomed to onscreen keyboards on our touch-screen smartphones, many people still want the feel of physical keys. Fortunately, there are still many smartphones on the market with full QWERTY keyboards to cater to their needs.
Slider and flip models tend to be the more popular QWERTY designs, simply because they can accommodate larger displays and wider keyboards. The LG Genesis for U.S. Cellular has one of the roomiest keyboards we've seen, with five whole rows of keys, one of which is just for numbers. The same goes for the Motorola Droid 3; its keyboard has a nice nonslippery texture as well.
The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide is one of T-Mobile's latest Android QWERTY handsets, and we think HTC was mostly successful in adding a whole keyboard to the original keyboardless MyTouch handset. It has only four rows and it does seem a little flat, but we still think it is spacious.
There are also those who prefer a vertical-style keyboard just so you don't have to rotate the phone every time you need to use it. Vertical keyboards do tend to be a bit more cramped, but we didn't find that to be too much of a problem with most BlackBerry handsets. The BlackBerry Torch 9810, for example, is a unique slider that incorporates both a vertical keyboard and a large touch-screen display. The keyboard is slightly wider than its predecessor, though it's not as spacious as the keyboard on other BlackBerrys, like the Bold 9930. Indeed, we think QWERTY keyboard on the Bold 9930 is one of the best mobile keyboards we've handled this year. It's roomy, with large angled keys that are a pleasure to use.
Last but not least, the HTC Status (also known as the Facebook phone) also has a pretty good keyboard. We like that it has a slight bend in the body for better texting ergonomics, and of course there's that iconic Facebook button for quick status updates.
Check out our full roundup of the latest smartphones with keyboards.