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QWERTY keypads are a miniature version of the typical modern day computer keyboard, and are named after the first 6 keys on the keyboard.

To be implemented on a cell phone, the size of a QWERTY keyboard has naturally to be reduced, and most QWERTY keypads comprise just the letters of the alphabet, a space bar, enter key and a punctuation key. With several keys bearing more than one role, numbers and other functions are operative by simultaneously pressing an ALT key.

Since creating documents and emails on cell phones has become such an excessive need these days, phones with keyboards have become a most essential requirement; largely due to the fact that typing is rendered much easier. One doesn't have to press a button several times to get a desired symbol; instead it's as simple as it would be on your computer. The best QWERTY phones today implement the QWERTY keypad in a most efficient and compact manner, by either placing them in sliding or flip phones, or virtual QWERTY keypads in touch screen phones.

Furthermore, the best QWERTY keyboard phones of 2015-16 are also integrated with word processing software for typing and storing large documents, making your entire typing, documenting and emailing needs, accessible on your handset. The best QWERTY mobiles have been acknowledged and top rated by some of the best cellphone reviewers as the perfect cellphones for faster letter typing in SMS, email and many other texting applications.

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BlackBerry Classic

BlackBerry Classic


We looked at around 14 expert reviews for BlackBerry Classic from sites like PhoneArena.com, PCMag.com and GsmArena.com based on which BlackBerry Classic was ranked as the #1 best phone with keyboard.

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BlackBerry Classic
BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Q5
BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry 9720
BlackBerry Classic
BlackBerry Passport
BlackBerry Q5 Cell Phone
BlackBerry Q10
BlackBerry 9720 Smartphone
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Release Date
Jan 2015
Sep 2014
Jul 2013
Apr 2013
Aug 2013
Input Method
QWERTY Keyboard
QWERTY Keyboard
QWERTY Keyboard
QWERTY Keyboard
QWERTY Keyboard
Digital Camera Resolution
8.0 MP
13.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
2.0 GB
3.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
3.5 inch
4.5 inch
3.1 inch
3.1 inch
2.8 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
2.0 MP
2.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait
Quad-core 2.26 GHz Krait 400
Dual-core 1.2 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 4
Snapdragon S4 (LTE version)/ TI OMAP 4470 (Non-LTE), Dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait (LTE version)/ Cortex-A9 (Non-LTE)
Battery Capacity
2515.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
2180.0 mAh
2100.0 mAh
1450.0 mAh
Operating System
BlackBerry 10.3.1 OS
BlackBerry 10.3 OS
BlackBerry 10.2 OS, upgradable to 10.2.1
BlackBerry 10 OS, upgradable to 10.2.1
BlackBerry OS 7.1
Carrier
AT-T, Verizon
AT-T
AT-T, Verizon, Sprint

  • The BlackBerry Classic is a great voice and messaging phone that can't deliver on the range of online services most people need.

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    The hardware QWERTY of the device is the best in the business ... This phone is built for work, not for wasting time in games and media gobbling ... Build quality and one-hand ergonomics are top notch ... The display is bright and boasts impressive colors, but subpar viewing angles ... The camera is a solid performer ... The chipset of the device is already seriously dated ... BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 is fast, fluid, and secure; the available Android apps add an extra layer of appeal ... Audio quality is good ... Battery life is stellar ... The price is high for the hardware on offer


  • This is a hard product to score. If you want a smartphone with a keyboard, and you want it purely for messaging and calls, with a little web-browsing thrown in, the BlackBerry Classic is the perfect device at an excellent price. A five star product. But general smartphone users will be frustrated by the relatively low power, and the paucity of screen space. If you are a BlackBerry fan, you will love the Classic. Otherwise there are better deals elsewhere.


  • Visually, the BlackBerry Passport is a delectable treat – one that not only pays homage to the BlackBerry smartphones of yesterday, but it oozes with a modern design to die for. For all of its attractiveness, we’re confused by the company’s decision to go with an entirely different keyboard layout. Quite simply, it’s less productive than the experience we get from an all-touch keyboard! We know, it’s crazy to say, but it’s true.Aside from the keyboard, BlackBerry 10.3 just doesn’t have the completeness we’d get from other rival platforms.


  • The BlackBerry Passport is all work and no play. But that doesn't mean it's dull.


  • Blackberry's faith has been placed in a device very much suited to a particular type of customer. The specs and features are all there, but the form factor falters against conventional devices.


  • Nevertheless, folks who absolutely must have a hardware keyboard should be happy with a BlackBerry Q5. Chances are they won't be able to find a better alternative anyway, other than the pricier BlackBerry Q10. Those who don't need one, on the other hand, better look elsewhere. The HTC Windows Phone 8X and the Nokia Lumia 720, for example, are both good, compact phones that also runs a platform as fluid and responsive as BB10.


  • The BlackBerry Q5 is one for the aficionados who can't afford, or refuse to splash cash on the highly priced Q10, with the solid BlackBerry typing experience at the heart of everything it does.
    Without knowing the price it's difficult to say how it will stand up against other handsets, but anyone who isn't a BlackBerry fan and is in the market for a reasonably priced smartphone probably won't be taken with the Q5.

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    The BlackBerry Q5 comes with a full-blown Office document editor - you wouldn't expect any less, would you? It's called DocsToGo and can both view and create Word and Excel documents. It can edit PowerPoint presentations too, but cannot create new ones.


  • The BlackBerry Q10 is a great phone for QWERTY diehards and e-mail addicts, but anyone who doesn't need a physical keyboard should skip it.


  • The BlackBerry Q10 is every inch a BlackBerry. It has the traditional BB form-factor and, more importantly - the physical QWERTY keyboard that's coveted by so many BlackBerry fans. This, however, is a device that's exclusively targeted at existing BlackBerry users, we don't think the Q10 is capable of attracting new ones.

    As a niche smartphone, the BlackBerry Q10 is a pretty decent performer. It can do anything a diehard BlackBerry user would want it to do and more.


  • The BlackBerry Q10 smartphone is a laser-focused niche product for messaging enthusiasts, and T-Mobile offers it for the lowest price of any major carrier.


  • It's slow. It's dated. The display is tiny. There aren't many apps. It looks and feels cheap. It runs the older BlackBerry 7, not the newer BlackBerry 10. And people wonder why BlackBerry's in trouble. Better phones are widely available.


  • Is BlackBerry up to its old tricks again? The 9720 features BBOS 7.1, a 5-megapixel camera and a dedicated BBM hardware key.


  • The sturdy build and the iconic QWERTY keypad are the high-point of the 9720. On the other hand, now that BBM is available on Android and iOS platforms, there's one less reason for users to stick with the Canadian manufacturer. Furthermore, its BIS dependability, paltry internal storage, poor camera, and dated software are major deal breakers.
    In short, for Rs 15,000, the phone isn't a major update over the relatively-cheaper 9320, save for the touchscreen.