Excellent handsets with QWERTY keyboards (roundup)

Touchscreens are great, but if you enjoy the tactile efficiency of physical buttons, take a look at some phones with solid QWERTY keyboards.


Editors' Note: This piece was originally published on October 26, 2011, and is updated continuously.

Rare as they are in today's handsets, the enduring physical keyboard still pops up from time to time on a mobile phone. And with good reason -- for some users, there's nothing quite like pecking out an email or text on a keyboard. Whether its the efficiency of feeling those letters underneath your fingers, or the satisfying click-clacking sound you hear while typing, there are many reasons to remain loyal to the all-mighty QWERTY. Below, we rounded up some of the best messaging devices that let your fingers fly.

The Passport's physical keyboard is also touch-enabled. Josh Miller/CNET

BlackBerry Passport

Though it flaunts an awkward square design, the Passport has the potential to be a sleeper hit for BlackBerry. It has useful software tools like BlackBerry Assistant and Blend (courtesy of the updated 10.3 OS); a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor; and its touch-sensitive keyboard comes with a handful of nifty gesture controls. Read the full review.

The F3Q's spacious keyboard comes in electric blue. James Martin/CNET

LG Optimus F3Q

Available for T-Mobile in the US, the Optimus F3Q is a reliable starter handset for those who don't want to be bound by a carrier contract. In addition to 4G LTE and its solid call quality, the phone's equipped with mid-range specs including a 5-megapixel camera, a 4-inch display, and a dual-core processor. Read the full review.

Compact, colorful, and easy to use, the Verve is an excellent basic phone. Josh Miller/CNET

Kyocera Verve

For users who prefer feature handsets, the Verve has you covered. Sure, it doesn't have all the latest and greatest that the tech world has to offer. But if all you want to do is make calls, send texts, and snap a few photos, this device gets the basics right. In the US it's available on Sprint and Boost, as well as Virgin Mobile under the name Kyocera Contact. Read the full review.

The Q10's portrait keyboard is classic and comfortable. Sarah Tew/CNET

BlackBerry Q10

With its slim profile and 3.1-inch OLED display, and the Q10 is available worldwide, and merges a modern and sleek aesthetic with BlackBerry's top-notch portrait keyboard. Shaped with concave ridges, its thoughtful design is intuitive, tactically comfortable, and satisfying. Read the full review.

Located underneath the display, the Vybe's slide-out keyboard includes a secondary alt-function button. Josh Miller/CNET

Pantech Vybe

Incredibly user-friendly and straightforward, the US-only Vybe for AT&T is an affordable, compact device with great call quality and a cozy keyboard. And despite sporting only a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, it takes surprisingly decent photos. Read the full review.

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