Great QWERTY smartphones for texting enthusiasts (roundup)

Interested in a phone with a physical keyboard? Here's a roundup of some of the best and most interesting handsets with QWERTYs you can feel beneath your fingertips.

Touch screens may be all the rage, but for many of you, there's no substitute for clacking away on a phone with a physical keyboard attached. From the rough-and-tumble NEC Terrain , to the sleek and compact BlackBerry Q10, we've gathered some of our favorite QWERTY-touting handsets that we've encountered in recent months. Check them out below and let us know in the comments section if any of these devices pique your interest.

Editors' note: This post was originally published October 26, 2011, and is updated continuously.

LG Enact
The LG Enact from Verizon Wireless. James Martin/CNET
LG Enact (Verizon Wireless), August 2013
Sporting a comfortable five-row keyboard and 4G LTE, the Enact is available for free with a carrier agreement. Budget-conscious users should like the sound of that, but be mindful that its processor isn't the fastest around. Read the full review .

Samsung Freeform 5
The Samsung Freeform 5 from U.S. Cellular. Josh Miller/CNET
Samsung Freeform 5 (U.S. Cellular), June 2013
With its 3G speeds and entry-level specs, the Freeform 5 may not be the most high-tech handset around. But at only $100 without a contract, it's certainly a bargain that'll satisfy those looking for an inexpensive messaging phone. Read the full review .

NEC Terrain
The NEC Terrain from AT&T. Josh Miller/CNET
NEC Terrain (AT&T), June 2013
Built extra tough and waterproof to boot, the Terrain is a durable 4G LTE device with a compact, yet surprisingly easy-to-use, keyboard. Ideal for field and enterprise workers, the handset also has push-to-talk direct connect, and microSD privacy encryption. Read the full review .

BlackBerry Q10
The BlackBerry Q10 from Verizon Wireless.. Sarah Tew/CNET
BlackBerry Q10 (Verizon Wireless), June 2013
Never mind all the hoopla surrounding BlackBerry's Z10 (which was the company's first smartphone running the new BB10 OS). Loyalists of the brand were really waiting for the Q10 because it would flaunt the classic onboard keyboard BB handsets were known for. And flaunt it it did, along with a smooth internal performance and an impressively long battery life. Read the full review.

Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II from Verizon Wireless.. James Martin/CNET
Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II (Verizon Wireless), November 2012
The Stratosphere II packages all the usual Galaxy fixings from Samsung together with a comfortable five-row keyboard. It also features a respectable 5-megapixel shooter, NFC, and 4G LTE capabilities. Be careful though, due to the device's slick coating, it could slip out of your hands when you're not being careful. Whoops. Read the full review .

Compare these phones head-to-head.


Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET