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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.