The 5 Best Smartphones With Physical Keyboards

MakeUseOf | 4/25/2019 | Vann Vicente
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The vast majority of smartphones today exclusively use touch input. That means having to use the on-screen touch keyboard, which can be inaccurate and slow.

However, there are still a handful of phones on the market with physical keyboards that have tactile feedback and better accuracy. In this list, we’ve selected several devices that have keyboards while still being full-fledged smartphones.

Companies - Smartphones - Keyboards - Blackberry - Bunch

Very few companies still make smartphones with keyboards, but Blackberry is the most prominent of the bunch. Their newest phone with a keyboard, the Blackberry Key2, offers plenty of the functionality that the best smartphones in the market have. It has a slick design, with a textured, grippy back, and an aluminum frame.

It’s equipped with a Snapdragon 660, which is a mid-range processor that can handle tasks and some gaming fairly well. The default configuration has 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which you can expand via microSD. It also has dual rear cameras, dual SIM support, and a 4.5-inch full HD display.

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The physical keyboard is the standard QWERTY layout and feels good to type on. Additionally, all the keys on the keyboard function as secondary buttons. You can assign app shortcuts to specific keys, activate certain commands, and quickly switch between apps.

The surface of the entire keyboard also acts as a touchpad. That means you can swipe up and down on the keyboard, and what see on the screen will scroll up or down as well. There is also a fingerprint sensor integrated into the spacebar.

Key2 - Android - Host - Blackberry - Security

The Key2 runs Android 8.1 and comes with a host of Blackberry’s proprietary security features. Another great aspect is the battery life. Since it doesn’t run on an especially powerful processor and the phone’s screen is smaller than usual, the 3,500mAh battery lasts for up to two days.

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