Phones and smartphones with a physical keyboard are increasingly rare, so this best Texting phone list can also include smartphones with more than 4.5-inch displays (because it makes it easier to use the on-screen keyboard) and some models with wet-finger tracking or water-resistant smartphones, a definite plus when you have to text with moist or wet hands. However, if any good old-fashioned phone includes a physical frontal or slide-out keyboard, it will also be listed.
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BlackBerry's first Android-run smartphone merges the popular OS with a BB-esque array of pros and cons, the key elements being a premium 5.4-inch Quad HD (1440p) dual-curved-edge AMOLED display and a SmartSlide (a slide-out technology they had not yet detailed when we wrote this) touch-sensitive 4-row QWERTY keyboard . This 192g smartphone also features an 18-megapixel dual-LED-flash PDAF camera , which is sadly joined by a mediocre 2-megapixel selfie cam -- many other 2015 alternatives sport 5-megapixel sub-cams. That said, its hexa-core CPU + 3GB RAM processing is more than appreciable, especially with a 3410mAh QC2.0 battery under the hood. Topping off the highest-specked BB phone (as of its release) is the DTEK privacy software , which is probably why BB calls it the PRIV. This model has been called BlackBerry's last chance and we feel that, with specs like these... they have a shot at it. (Full pros and cons...)
Despite its relatively low-key camera pair (8-megapixel rear, 2-megapixel front) and rather limited touch-screen real estate (3.5 inches) , the BlackBerry Classic might still attract those looking for a business or work-oriented smartphone -- as does many other BB models. We found its hardware quite satisfying, particularly the 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 2GB RAM combo. BlackBerry also filled it with their signature features, including the BlackBerry Assistant and BBM Video. Fronting these perks is the signature 40-key facade (QWERTY keypad and navigation panel) , which is a key selling point for most of BB's target audience. (Full pros and cons...)
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Having both the alphanumeric and full QWERTY keypad configurations in one device might turn out to be a double-edged sword, as the Kyocera Contact loses a significant screen area to offer such a pro, coming in with a petite 2.4-inch simple-color display. (Full pros and cons...)
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