Are you sick of having to tap your keypad multiple times just to get a single letter out? Would you like something more efficient, but don’t want to have to bother with a silly dictionary feature, or a touch screen phone that will more than likely end up being muddled with fingerprints all the time?
QWERTY keyboard phones to the rescue! If you’re familiar with typing on a regular computer keyboard, you’ll feel right at home with a QWERTY keyboard mobile phone. Even though the keys are really small, they’re spaced well enough apart so you can still type fast and accurately. That just leaves the question: Which phone? There are so many QWERTY phones available these days that choosing one can be a bit of a nightmare.
Some phones also have built in satellite GPS so you can always find your way. Even phones without satellite GPS can still use a makeshift GPS over the internet connection if they install Google Maps. The downside to this is that it’s not quite as accurate, and it will end up costing quite a bit of bandwidth money because you need to download the map images all the time – they’re not locally cached. Nokia’s Ovi Maps have become completely free to use on all of their newer phones that have it – just download the maps once, and it’ll never cost you airtime or bandwidth to use ever again (assuming the phnone supports satellite GPS, that is).
So, if you plan to type a lot, a QWERTY keyboard phone is definitely the way to go. Avoid touch-screen keyboards unless you enjoy having to wipe your smudged screen every 10 minutes.
Also, a lot of “normal” phones are becoming more and more like smartphones, so someday in the future there may be no need to have seperate categories for “smartphones” and “non-smartphones”.
How to choose the best QWERTY phone for you
It depends on what’s the most important to you… do you want your phone to slide or flip open? Or would you prefer the keyboard to be out in the open, like most BlackBerry layouts? Do you want to have smartphone-like capabilities, or are you just going to use it for texting and calling people?
You need to do research on all the different phone models available and check out which ones do what you need. Then make a list of those, and narrow it down from there. Take special note of the layouts of the phones, and the operating systems they run on. Also keep in mind the build quality. Cheaper phones generally don’t look as nice as the more expensive ones. They tend to be bigger as well, but not always: sometimes bigger phones are just bigger because they have a better keyboard built-in. So it’s not always that timple, and you really do need to check out all the little details of each phone.
What features a phone has depends on the price range it’s in, so depending on your budget you might not get everything you want. Generally you should at least try to get a phone with decent sound quality if you plan to talk on the phone a lot. Screen quality also matters if you care about looking at pictures on it, also it helps to see what you’re typing as well. It’s also handy if it can keep track of the number of messages you’ve received, and have the ability to forward them, put calls on hold, use the internet, and whatever else is standard these days.
Screen size matters a lot if your eyesight is not so good. It should be big enough so that you can read messages without straining, and also so that you can see phone numbers and movies, or websites clearly if you’re going to use your phone for that sort of thing.
If you want to transfer files between your phone and computer a lot, then it helps to have USB connectivity, or possibly Bluetooth as well. USB is faster though, so that’ll be better if you want to copy larger things like mp3′s and movies a lot of the time. Bluetooth is fine for using your phone as a modem though.
Make sure the phone you’re considering has good reception – this is important for two things: calling people, and internet connnectivity. If you have poor reception while calling people, you won’t be able to hear each other clearly, and if you have bad signal for the internet, you won’t be able to connect at full speed, if at all. Cheaper phones usually have inferior antennas, but you can always get a booster antenna if you need to. Or just get a better phone to begin with.