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The best push-button smartphones

Are there smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard left on the modern market? If so, which of them can be considered the best? These questions will be answered by this article.

It is difficult to buy a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard in 2019. In fact, the production of such devices is exclusively engaged in the BlackBerry brand. The fact that he makes them very high quality is encouraging. Some of the models that fell into the rating of the best have been released for a long time, but even today they offer customers good opportunities and are sold at various sites. Those users who are aimed at the most modern and current devices should immediately scroll to the end - the last two gadgets were released in 2018 and there is nothing new for sale as of March 2019.

Please note: in our selection we will focus on the so-called smart devices - smartphones. If you are looking for a regular phone, then check out the best button mobile phones . And in another our article, you can find out how smartphones differ from cell phones .

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A brief history of the disappearance of buttons

If you go to a store selling electronics, then definitely pay attention to one fact. The vast majority of modern phones do not have a digital or QWERTY keyboard. All of them are faceless externally, since most of the front panel is occupied by the touch screen. Where did the buttons go? Why are smartphones with a keypad so rare? The first smart devices could not be imagined without a keyboard. For example, Nokia 9210 Communicator was made in the form of a clamshell , inside it hid many physical buttons.

A little later, Nokia N-Gage and Siemens SX1 were released. These are very different smartphones, but they both had a certain number of keys. In the mid-2000s, PDAs and communicators began to appear on store shelves, with the number of buttons minimized. Their management was implemented by pressing the stylus on different areas of the touch screen. But Apple, the first to launch a touchscreen smartphone, is incredibly easy to master, a true revolutionary in this area.

Interestingly, the first Android devices were smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard. In particular, the first commercial model was HTC Dream, which had a sliding block with keys. Devices of this type were produced for several years. But later, almost all manufacturers abandoned this form factor. There are several reasons for this:

  • Google recommends (but does not order) that you minimize the number of physical keys.
  • Smartphones with a keypad are often large and heavy.
  • Such devices have less reliability.
  • Touch control in fact is simpler than push-button.

Blackberry priv

  • Operating System: Android 5.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 (6 nuclei, 1.8 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM
  • Display: 5.43 inches, AMOLED , 2560 x 1440 pixels

Price: from 22 990 rub.

In 2016, the “blackberry” company completely unexpectedly released a push-button smartphone on Android, having forgotten about its own operating system. This went BlackBerry Priv to the advantage, as its customers can install a huge number of applications, while the Canadian OS offers a very modest choice.

With the characteristics of the device, everything is in order. The smartphone has a good processor and a sufficient supply of RAM. All this allows you to run even very heavy programs and games. At the same time, the keyboard does not interfere at all, since it is implemented according to the sliding principle - most of the time you simply do not see it. A slider with a QWERTY keyboard is not only convenient, but also original.

It should be noted that this is the last device from the Canadian brand, which was produced at the facilities of BlackBerry itself. In the future, the creation of smartphones under this brand was assigned to the holders of the Alcatel brand - TCL. BlackBerry Priv upsets only the high price and plastic case. But with the second drawback it is quite possible to put up with it, because it provided the device with at least some sane mass (192 grams).

Advantages

  • High resolution AMOLED display.
  • 18 megapixel camera with f / 2.2 aperture.
  • Convenient sliding QWERTY keyboard.
  • Support LTE.
  • Support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard.
  • Long battery life.

disadvantages

  • Old version of Android.
  • Some people will find it difficult.
  • Very high cost.

Blackberry Q10

  • Operating System: BlackBerry OS
  • Processor : Snapdragon S4 Plus (2 cores, 1.5 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM
  • Display: 3.1 inches, AMOLED, 720 x 720 pixels

Price: from 12 990 rub.

This smartphone is made in a traditional form factor. Its main difference from most modern monoblocks is the QWERTY keyboard present here. All buttons have a short but noticeable finger stroke, so the text is typed very quickly. It should also be noted the high build quality - usually a smartphone does not lose its presentation even after a year of use.

The screen of such a device may not be large. But Canadians managed to significantly increase the resolution, so that the display fits a lot of controls and a variety of information. There is an NFC chip in the model, but in the framework of the operating system installed here it is practically useless. It is noteworthy that the device’s screen was created using AMOLED technology. Organic LEDs significantly save energy, as a result of which the device has to be charged once every one and a half to two days. You can only find fault with the operating system, which now can safely be called outdated.

In 2019, the model will be liked by a true correspondence fan, which is much more convenient on a physical keyboard than a touch counterpart.

Advantages

  • Lack of noticeable pixelation.
  • Strong data encryption.
  • Good 8 megapixel camera.
  • Classic QWERTY keyboard.
  • Not the shortest time.

disadvantages

  • A largely limited operating system.
  • Weak filling.
  • High price.

Blackberry passport

  • Operating System: BlackBerry OS
  • Processor: Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AA (4 cores, 2.2 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS , 1440 x 1440 pixels

Price: from 20 999 rub.

It is a symbol of its era. The latest device, built on the basis of the BlackBerry OS operating system. Its creators decided to abandon the already traditional design, maximizing the width of the device. As a result, they managed to endow the smartphone not only with a fairly comfortable QWERTY keyboard, but also with a screen that actually became a classic - until 2019, the BlackBerry adhered to a 4.5-inch matrix. It is only possible to regret that AMOLED technology had to be abandoned. Because of this, the battery life did not get higher (although the battery capacity increased), and the color rendering was not so good.

In fact, this is the best button smartphone based on BlackBerry OS. Good components are located inside it, in connection with which the user does not encounter slowdowns, and all applications are loaded almost instantly. The main camera, which has a 13-megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization, should also please. Well, support for LTE-A of the fourth category contributes to a very fast data transfer. Finally, the metal case will retain its perfect appearance for many years. It is surprising that for all this, the device weighs no more than 196 grams.

Advantages

  • Work in LTE-A networks.
  • Good display resolution.
  • Decent components.
  • The case is made of metal and plastic.
  • The main camera is supplemented by an optical stabilizer.
  • Not the highest price.

disadvantages

  • Some customers find the weight too heavy.
  • Outdated operating system.
  • The front camera is weak - 2 megapixels.

BlackBerry Porsche design P'9983

  • Operating System : BlackBerry OS
  • Processor : Qualcomm MSM8960 (2 cores, 1.5 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM
  • Display: 3.1 inches, 720 x 720 pixels

Price: from 44 500 rub.

Perhaps this is the most beautiful device with smartphone features among those with a QWERTY keyboard. Although the device is far from new, it still has a large memory supply. Also, it is impossible not to note the possibility of data transfer via LTE networks, which sometimes even modern devices do not have at their disposal.

The main camera is 8 megapixels. The resolution of the front-end was suddenly brought to 2 megapixels, which is quite unexpected for a Canadian company. Of course, you cannot use such a camera to take a selfie , but video communication with it can be organized. It is difficult to imagine the owner of the BlackBerry Porsche design P'9983, which is not enough. And if so, the microSD card slot will come to the rescue.

Advantages

  • Stylish metal case.
  • Support LTE.
  • Large amount of memory.

disadvantages

  • Not the longest running time.
  • Outdated operating system.
  • Incredibly high cost.

Blackberry KEYone

  • Operating System: Android 7.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 (8 cores, 2 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS, 1620 x 1080 pixels

Price: from 21500 rubles.

All of the above devices were released at a time when BlackBerry was an independent company. In the same period, the brand collaborates with TCL Mobile by supplying their own services for them. The collaboration between the two companies became DTEK smartphones - Alcatel clones, but with BlackBerry software. In 2017, TCL Mobile is finally bought out by BlackBerry and the KEYone model becomes the first brainchild. What is noteworthy, it was created before the consolidation of assets, but appeared on sale after. Due to the lack of any relevant alternative (all of the above models are quite old), this device has become a real gift to fans of smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard in 2017. Fans are few, but for their sake devices continue to be released and the result is very interesting.

Visually, the device began a return to classic phones with a keyboard. At the same time, the device is slightly larger than the now familiar touch devices. It has an impressive thickness of 9.4 mm, a large weight of 180 grams and an extremely interesting combination of materials. The side face is aluminum. The back cover is plastic with a velvety surface and texture. In the hands of all this combination feels nice, and the user immediately realizes that he is holding a serious gadget. The manufacturer tried to make a noticeable device, so all the elements here are large - camera, logo, control buttons. Everything is catchy, but not elaborate.

The model received a small display with sufficient resolution for its size. In terms of detail, it is good, but traditionally for BlackBerry it lacks brightness. Due to this, using the device in the sun is not very comfortable. The video is displayed more than well, despite the ratio of 3 to 2, but playing in landscape orientation is inconvenient. Here the reason is that the keyboard outweighs - it is tiresome to keep the smartphone in this position for a long time.

The 3505 mAh battery gives 2 days of operation at medium loads. If you use the gadget more actively, then the day he will live anyway. This is a very nice indicator. In addition, there is a quick charge . The device received 3/32 GB of memory, the main drive expands to 2 TB, the slot is combined. Chipset - Snapdragon 625, not the most powerful, but for this smartphone it is enough. Cameras - 12 and 8 megapixels. They take good quality pictures, they have all the modern features like face enhancement and the like. The maximum video resolution is 4K. Of course, the device will not be appreciated by fans of photos, but most users will like the result.

KEYone smartphone offers all proprietary software related to the protection of user data - BB Hub, Password Keeper and others. In fact, it is impossible to steal information from the BlackBerry. For many people in the modern world this is a weighty argument. It is worth mentioning that the model received all modern wired and wireless interfaces - Type-C, NFC , WI-Fi ac. Regarding the keyboard, not everything is simple either. First of all, each button can be assigned a quick call to a function. At the same time, they support a long and short press. There are all the usual combinations - ctrl + c, ctrl + v and others to simplify the work with text. The manufacturer did not forget about continuous input - you can swipe by the necessary letters to form a word (analogue of the touch keyboard). The fingerprint scanner is hidden in the space bar.

Advantages:

  • Company software.
  • A huge number of keyboard functions.
  • Decent camera.
  • Good performance considering positioning.
  • Safety glass - Gorilla Glass 4.
  • Great ergonomics.
  • High autonomy + fast charge.
  • There is support for NFC.

Disadvantages:

  • By the standards of 2019, the main drive is small, while the slot is combined.
  • The screen brightness is insufficient.
  • Uncomfortable to play in landscape orientation.

BlackBerry KEY 2

  • Operating System: Android 8.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 660 SDM660 (8 cores, up to 2.2 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of ROM
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS, 1620 x 1080 pixels

Price: from 35 000 rubles.

The BlackBerry Key 2 smartphone has become the company's most powerful device. The device in comparison with KEYone has changed visually, and also became more interesting in terms of hardware. From the point of view of materials, the manufacturer, as previously settled on aluminum 7000 series for the frame and unusual plastic with a rubberized surface for the back cover. Due to this, the phone turned out to be non-slippery, very comfortable in the hand and it is practically impossible to smear it. An interesting feature is the coating of glass. The previous model used Gorilla Glass 4, in this case, used the 3rd generation. This is due to the fact that the device received small frames around the screen, which eliminates the blow on it, and in addition, the weight was shifted to the keyboard. If the smartphone falls, it will hit the keyboard. At the same time, the 3rd generation of protective glass is more scratch resistant. It turns out that it is practically impossible to break it or scratch it - unless of course you do it deliberately with a direct blow. Another nice change - the matrix has become brighter. The indicator is 550 nits, which is quite enough even in bright light. The company took into account the mistakes of past years and finally corrected the situation. The fingerprint scanner, as previously hidden in the "space".

Battery - 3500 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0. The battery lasts for 2 days. As before, the device has all the wireless interfaces - NFC, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0. The novelty received a good 8 megapixel selfie camera, as well as a dual matrix at the back - 12 + 12 megapixels. Now the smartphone can do bokeh and it turns out more than worthy. Another nice opportunity is shooting Slo-mo. It should be noted that the camera loses to many competitors in the same price segment, but do not forget - first of all, BlackBerry KEY 2 is a working tool. Given this positioning, there can be no complaints against the camera.

In terms of performance, the phone turned out to be very thoughtful. We chose Snapdragon 660 as the processor and this is a tribute to the best combination of speed and autonomy. For those tasks for which the device is designed, it is enough. There is no point in discussing the topic of memory, everything is fine here - 6 GB of RAM and a choice of 64 or 128 GB of ROM. Out of the box, the smartphone runs on Android 8.1, but the company promises to upgrade to the next version 9.0. Naturally, there are all proprietary applications for optimization and security at work.

Advantages:

  • Great performance.
  • Good memory margin.
  • Excellent battery life + fast charge.
  • Dual camera with good shooting quality.
  • High brightness display.
  • Well thought-out housing design.
  • The ability to update the OS to the current Android 9.0 .
  • The presence of NFC.
  • Proprietary software.

Disadvantages:

  • Given the positioning, there are no minuses.

BlackBerry KEY 2 LE

  • Operating System: Android 8.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 636 (8 cores, up to 2 GHz)
  • Memory capacity: 4 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS, 1620 x 1080 pixels

Price: from 26 900 rubles.

BlackBerry KEY 2 LE came out a little later than his older brother KEY 2 and actually became its budget version. The model received visual changes - in design and keyboard, it is closer to KEYone, but the smartphone is lighter. The frame is made of metal, the back panel is branded plastic, but with a new texture. The new items are distinguished by new colors - red, bronze and black. They painted the frame and frets of the keyboard. It looks really interesting.

The novelty runs on Snapdragon 636, which is an intermediate option between the chipsets in the first and second versions of the model. Memory - 4/64 GB. All this is enough for everyday work. The battery turned out to be the smallest - 3000 mAh, but at the same time it can stand a working day without difficulty. There is a quick charge. The gadget was equipped with a dual camera - 13 + 5 megapixels with all the features that the older version has. The front module is 8 megapixels with a flash. In terms of software options, the device repeats KEY 2. OS - Android 8.1 with an update to the next version.

In fact, this device was released for those who are closer to the KEYone design, but need the capabilities of KEY 2. In addition, in comparison with the latter, the novelty wins in price.

Advantages:

  • Actual OS with updating to a newer version.
  • Quality cameras.
  • Decent performance.
  • Company software.
  • Interesting colors of the case.
  • NFC support.

Disadvantages:

  • Compared to previous models, the device is not so autonomous, but in general it will be enough for a day of work.
Excluded from collection

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro

  • Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Processor: Broadcom BCM21553 (1 core, 832 MHz)
  • Memory capacity: 384 MB RAM and 160 MB ROM
  • Display: 2.6 inches, TFT, 240 x 320 pixels

Price: less than 7000 rub.

At one time, push-button smartphones on Android were produced by many large companies. A good example of this is the Samsung Galaxy Y Pro. Жаль, что южнокорейцы так и не стали выпускать преемника этой модели. Сейчас она достаточно сильно устарела — приложения для Android 2.3 уже почти не разрабатываются. Но если вы ещё совсем недавно пользовались QWERTY-смартфоном от Nokia на базе Symbian, то южнокорейский продукт вполне может вас устроить.