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2014+ Android Smartphones With A Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard


From 2013 on, new smartphones with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard started getting rare, but there are still some models for those who aren't very fond of SWYPE and other virtual keyboards.

If you think that there's nothing like a physical, built-in or slide-out full QWERTY keyboard when it comes to typing a lot of text, this list is for you. However, check the weight and thickness because a slide-out keyboard tends to make a thicker, bulkier and heavier smartphone. That's why we've included weight and thickness info -- whenever available -- with this list of the latest Android smartphones with a physical keyboard.



The LG Optimus F3Q



Latest Slide-out Model: The LG Optimus F3Q

(The LG Optimus F3Q is currently the latest Android QWERTY keyboard smartphone.)

LG makes another case for the QWERTY keyboard with the Optimus F3Q, which introduces the Write & Share feature (allows you to go from the home screen to the text box by just sliding down the keyboard). This 1.2GHz dual-core Android smartphone also sports a relatively large 2460mAh battery with 960 minutes or 16 hours of talk time. Its other specs, however, are a bit unassuming. For example, there is the rather low-resolution 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, along with a 5-megapixel camera and only 1.11GB of user-available memory (expandable to 32GB). Maybe LG thought that focusing on the messaging tools is the key to this phone´s success? The LG Optimus F3Q promises speedy typing with its QWERTY keyboard that enables the Write & Share function (allows access to the messaging screen even without launching an app) when slid down...
The LG Enact



LG Enact

It is certainly considerate of LG Enact to install a simpler interface for beginners (but it will probably soon be a common-enough feature), a handy QWERTY slide-out keyboard (which thickens it to 15.7 mm), and a long-lasting 2460mAh battery (although the LG G2 has an impressive 3000mAh). First-time smartphone users would probably find such usability promising. However, with its 1.2 GHz of processor speed, use of the Android 4.1.2, 8GB memory, 1 GB of RAM, and 5-megapixel camera keeping it firmly in the mid-range category, we find it a little harder to believe that it is also ideal for seasoned users (as stated by LG), not when there may be other Android slider smartphones with better specs (higher-resolution camera, faster CPU, larger screen) on the market (like the Motorola Photon Q). Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users)...

Thickness:15.7 mm / Weight:5.99 oz.
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The LG Mach



LG Mach

An eco-friendly smartphone, the LG Mach has features that can get the attention of even those who are not environmentally conscious, like a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, a sleek body, 4G data, etc. Some of the features are less impressive, however, such as the front-facing VGA camera and the 1700mAh battery.

Thickness:12.192 mm / Weight:5.92 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II



Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

Obviously targeted at business people, we like that the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II includes enterprise-class specifications, like advanced security, S Beam file sharing technology, and a full keyboard. On the other hand, its entertainment features are just average, like its 5-megapixel camera and 4-inch display.

Thickness:13.462 mm / Weight:5.43 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G



Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G

Obviously a business-class smartphone, the Relay includes various security and productivity features: A five-row keyboard, 4G Internet connection, data encryption, and VPN. The battery, however, is 1800mAh, and we think it could have been bigger.

Thickness:13.462 mm / Weight:5.29 oz.
* Did you know some virtual text-entry methods can be faster than a physical keyboard. It may be the case for the SWYPE system, as illustrated by this Youtube video.
The Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE



Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE

The Photon Q 4G LTE looks impressive on paper with many notable features, like a 1500Mhz dual-core processor, a QWERTY keyboard, government-grade encryption, and 4G LTE. That said, we would have preferred slightly bigger cameras than only 8 megapixels (main) and 1.3 megapixels (secondary).

Thickness:13.7 mm / Weight:6 oz.
The Pantech Marauder



Pantech Marauder

The Marauder is claimed to be easy-to-use, but doesn´t seem too neglected under the hood (a 1200Mhz dual-core CPU, a 1GB RAM, and 4G LTE). However, at 6.1 ounce, it might be a bit heavier compared to other smartphones.

Thickness:11.684 mm / Weight:6.1 oz.
The Huawei myTouch Q



Huawei myTouch Q

This member of the myTouch series might not be awe-inspiring, but it does sport fairly interesting features, such as a 4-inch display and a sliding QWERTY, which is a nice value-added feature for those who prefer a physical keyboard. It is more than half-inch thick, though and somewhat heavy at 6.5oz.

Thickness:14.224 mm / Weight:6.52 oz.
The Samsung Galaxy Appeal



Samsung Galaxy Appeal

While the Galaxy Appeal offers great flexibility between a physical QWERTY keyboard and a full touch 3.2-inch display, other features of the phone are rather average and somewhat unimpressive (an 800MHz chip, a 3-megapixel camera, and a 1300mAh battery).

Thickness:14.224 mm / Weight:4.3 oz.

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