Best keypad smartphones

is Left in the modern market of smartphones with QWERTY keyboard? If Yes, which of them is best? These questions will be answered in this article.

To buy in 2019, the smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard difficult. The actual manufacture of such devices deals exclusively with the brand BlackBerry. Encouraged by the fact that he makes them very efficiently. Part of the models, which were rated the best released quite a long time, but even today, they offer good opportunities and are sold at various venues. Those users who are focused on the most modern and latest devices immediately cycle through the list until the end – the last two of the gadget released in 2018 and nothing newer as March 2019 on the shelf yet.

note: it in our collection will focus on the so-called smart devices — smartphones. If you are in search of a normal phone, then check out the best keypad mobile phones. And in another article you can read about smartphones are different from cell phones.

A brief history of the disappearance of the buttons

If you go into a store that sells electronics, then just pay attention to one fact. The vast majority of modern phone has no digital or QWERTY keyboard. They are all faceless in appearance, as most of the front panel is a touch screen. Where are the buttons? Why smartphones with a button keyboard become rare? First smart device was impossible to imagine without a keyboard. For example, a Nokia 9210 Communicator was made in the form of clamshell, inside it was hidden a lot of physical buttons.

And a little later was released Nokia N-Gage and Siemens SX1. These are very different smartphones, but they both had a certain number of keys. In the mid-2000s, the stores began to appear PDAs and communicators in which the number of buttons was kept to a minimum. Management was implemented by pressing stylus in different region of the touch screen. But the real revolutionary in this field was Apple, which released the first touchscreen smartphone, which is incredibly easy to master.

I Wonder what the first Android device — it was just a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. In particular, the first commercial model was HTC Dream, possessing a retractable unit with the keys. Machines of this type were produced for several years. But later, almost all producers had abandoned the form factor. There are several reasons:

  • Google recommends (but not orders) to reduce the number of physical buttons to a minimum.
  • Smartphone с кнопочной клавиатурой зачастую имеют крупные размеры и большой вес.
  • Such devices have a lower reliability.
  • Touch control in fact easier to push.

BlackBerry Priv

  • Operating system: Anna
  • Processor: Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 (6 cores, 1.8 GHz)
  • memory: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM
  • Display: 5.43 inches, AMOLED, 2560 x 1440 pixels

Price: 22 990 RUB

To 2016 "BlackBerry," the company unexpectedly released button Android smartphone, forgetting about their own operating system. It went BlackBerry Priv favor, as his customers can install a huge number of applications, while the canadian system offers a very modest choice.

With the characteristics of the device all right. The smartphone has good processor and sufficient RAM. All this allows you to run even heavy apps and games. The keyboard does not interfere, as it is implemented by pull principle — most of the time you simply do not see. A slider with a QWERTY keyboard is not only convenient, but also original.

It should be noted that this is the latest device from the canadian brand, which is produced at the facilities of most BlackBerry. Further, the creation of smartphones under this brand, put on the holders trademark Alcatel — TCL. BlackBerry Priv upset only by the high price and plastic casing. But the second drawback is quite possible to accept, after all, he provided the device is at least some sane weight (192 grams).


  • High resolution AMOLED display.
  • 18-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture.
  • Convenient slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
  • the Support for LTE.
  • The support for standard 802.11 ac Wi-Fi.
  • Long Autonomous work.


  • The old version of Android.
  • Some people seem heavy.
  • Very high cost.


  • Operating system: Anna
  • Processor: Snapdragon S4 Plus (2 cores, 1.5 GHz)
  • memory: 2 Гб ОЗУ и 16 GB USnbo
  • Display: 3.1 inches, AMOLED, 720 x 720 pixels

Price: 12 990 RUB

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

Screen this device may not be large. But the Canadians were able to increase the resolution, making the display accommodates a variety of controls, and various information. Present in models of NFC-chip, but within the existing operating system, it is practically useless. It is noteworthy that the device screen was created by technology AMOLED. Organic light-emitting diodes to significantly conserve energy, causing to charge the device has to once and a half to two days. Fault similar to the operating system, which now can be safely called obsolete.

In the 2019 model will appeal to the true fan correspondence, which is much easier on the on the keyboard than the touch analog.


  • The lack of visible pixelation.
  • Reliable data encryption.
  • A good 8-megapixel camera.
  • The classic QWERTY keyboard.
  • Is not the shortest time.


  • Limited largely by the operating system.
  • A weak filling.
  • High price.

BlackBerry Passport

  • Operating system: Anna
  • Processor: MSM8974AA Snapdragon 801 (4 cores, 2.2 GHz)
  • memory: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM
  • Display: 4.5 inches, {: system} IPS, 1440 x 1440 pixels

Cost: 20 999 rubles.

It is a symbol of his era. The last unit built on the operating system Anna. Its founders decided to abandon traditional design, maximizing the width of the device. As a result, they managed to give the smartphone is not only quite comfortable QWERTY keyboard, but the screen, which has become a classic — until 2019 BlackBerry follow matrix 4.5 inches. Pity the same can only that the technology it had to be abandoned. Because of this, and the battery life was not higher (although the battery capacity increased), and color reproduction was not so good.

In fact, this is the best keypad smartphone based on Anna. Inside it are good components, therefore the user is not faced with the slowdown, and all applications are loaded almost instantly. Please have the main camera which has 13 megapixel sensor and optical stabilization image. Well, support for LTE-A fourth category facilitates very fast data transfer. Finally metal case will keep a perfect appearance for many years. Surprisingly, with all this, the device weighs no more than 196 grams.


  • Work in networks of LTE-A.
  • A good display resolution.
  • Decent components.
  • Housing made of metal and plastic.
  • Primary camera comes with optical stabilizer.
  • Is not the highest price.


  • Some buyers will consider the weight is too large.
  • Obsolete operating system.
  • The front camera is weak — 2 MP.

BlackBerry Porsche design P’9983

  • The operating Anna: Anna
  • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8960 (2 cores, 1.5 GHz)
  • memory: 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM
  • Display: 3.1 inch, 720 x 720 pixels

Price: 44 500 RUB.

This is probably the most beautiful machine among the functions of the smartphone with QWERTY-keyboard. Although the device is not new, it still has a large stock of memory. Also, we should note the possibility of data transmission via LTE networks, which are sometimes not even have modern devices.

Primary camera — 8 MP. The resolution "frontally" suddenly increased to 2 MP, which for a canadian company quite unexpectedly. Of course, for shooting selfie such a camera can not be used, but video calls with its help it is possible to organize. It's hard to imagine the owner of the BlackBerry Porsche design P’9983, which is not enough. And if so, come to the aid of a slot for cards microSD.


  • Стильный metal case.
  • the Support for LTE.
  • a Large amount of memory.


  • is Not the longest time.
  • Obsolete operating system.
  • The incredibly high price.

BlackBerry KEYone

  • Operating system: 1.5 Гб
  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 MSM8953 (8 cores, 2GHz)
  • memory: 3 GB RAM and 32 GB ROM
  • Display: 4.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1620 points

The price: 21500 rubles.

All of the above devices were released at a time when BlackBerry was independently firm. In the same period, the brand has partnered with TCL Mobile supplying for their own services. A product of cooperation between the two companies began DTEK smartphones – Alcatel clones, but with the software from the BlackBerry. In 2017, TCL Mobile redeem finally BlackBerry and the first child becomes the model KEYone. It is noteworthy that it was created to consolidate the assets, but went on sale after. Due to the lack of any actual alternative (all of the above models are quite old), this unit was a real gift to fans of smartphones with a QWERTY keyboard in 2017. Fans a little, but for them the devices continue to produce and the result is very interesting.

The visual apparatus was a return to the classic keyboard phones. The device a little more than usual nowadays touch devices. His impressive thickness – 9.4 mm, weight – 180 grams and extremely interesting combination of materials. The side – aluminum. The back cover is plastic with a velvety surface texture. In the hands of this combination felt nice, and the user knows that he keeps a serious gadget. The manufacturer tried to make visible the device is, therefore, all the elements are large –the camera, logo, button control. All catchy, but not pretentious.

The model was a small display with sufficient for its size resolution. With the points view detail he's good, but traditionally for BlackBerry it lacks the brightness. In the power of the sun to use the device not too comfortable. Video is displayed more than well, despite the ratio of 3 to 2, but to play in landscape orientation uncomfortable. Here, the reason that outweighs the keyboard long hold the smartphone in this position is tiring.

3505 battery in mAh gives 2 days of battery with average loads. If you operate the gadget more active that day he will still live. This is a very nice figure. In addition, there is a fast charging. The device has a 3/32 GB of memory, primary storage is extended to 2 TB, slots combined. Chipset – Snapdragon 625, not the most powerful, but for the mobile it is enough. The camera 12 and 8 MP. Shoot good quality pictures, have all the modern chips like the better person and such. The maximum video resolution of 4K. Of course the apparatus will not appreciate fans of pictures, but most users will like the result.

The smartphone offers a whole KEYone proprietary software associated with the protection of user data – BB Hub, Password Keeper, etc. In fact to steal information from BlackBerry impossible. For many people in the modern world is a powerful argument. It is worth mentioning that the model has got all modern wired and wireless interfaces – Type-C NFC, WI-Fi ac. Regarding the keyboard is also not easy. First, for each button you can assign a quick call to the function. They support long and short press. There are all the usual combinations – ctrl+c, ctrl+v and the other to simplify work with text. The manufacturer of continuous type – can be made on the desired letters to form a word (similar to the touch keyboard). The fingerprint scanner hidden into the button of "space".


  • Proprietary software.
  • A huge number of keyboard functions.
  • Decent camera.
  • Good performance given the positioning.
  • safety glass – Gorilla Glass 4.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Высокая автономность + fast charging.
  • Has support for NFC.


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

BlackBerry KEY 2

  • Operating system: Android 8.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 660 SDM660 (8 cores, 2.2 GHz)
  • memory: 6 GB ОЗУ и 64/128 GB USnbo
  • Display: 4.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1620 points

Price: from 35 000 rubles.

Смартфон Key 2 от BlackBerry стал самым мощным девайсом компании. Аппарат в сравнении с KEYone изменился визуально, а также стал интересней по железу. С точки view материалов производитель, как и ранее остановился на алюминии 7000 серии для рамки и необычном пластике с прорезиненной поверхностью для задней крышки. За счет этого телефон получился не скользким, очень удобным в руке и вымазать его практически не реально. Интересная особенность связана с покрытием стекла. У предыдущей модели использовали Gorilla Glass 4, в данном случае применили 3е поколение. Это связано с тем, что девайс получил небольшие рамки вокруг экрана, что исключает удар по нему, а кроме того вес сместили к клавиатуре. Если смартфон упадет, то ударится клавиатурой. При этом 3е поколение защитного стекла более стойкое к царапинам. Получается, что его ни разбить, ни поцарапать практически невозможно – если конечно не делать это целенаправленно прямым ударом. Еще одно приятное изменение – матрица стала ярче. Показатель составляет 550 нит, чего вполне хватает даже при ярком свете. Компания учла ошибки прошлых лет и наконец исправила ситуацию. Сканер отпечатка, как и ранее спрятан в «пробел».

Батарея – 3500 мАч с Quick Charge 3.0. Заряда хватает на 2 дня работы. Как и ранее устройство имеет все беспроводные интерфейсы – NFC, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0. Новинка получила хорошую selfie камеру 8 Мп, а также двойную матрицу сзади – 12+12 Мп. Теперь смартфон умеет делать Боке и получается это более чем достойно. Еще одна приятная возможность – съемка Slo-mo. Стоить отметить, что камера проигрывает многочисленным конкурентам в том же ценовом сегменте, но не стоит забывать – в первую очередь BlackBerry KEY 2 является рабочим инструментом. С учетом такого позиционирования претензий к камере быть не может.

С точки view производительности телефон получился очень продуманным. В качестве процессора выбрали Snapdragon 660 и это дань лучшему сочетанию быстродействия и автономности. Для тех задач на которые рассчитано устройство его вполне хватает. Рассуждать на тему памяти смысла нет, здесь все отлично – 6 GB ОЗУ и на выбор 64 или 128 GB USnbo. Из коробки смартфон работает на Android 8.1, но компания обещает обновление до следующей версии 9.0. Естественно присутствуют все фирменные приложения для оптимизации и безопасности при работе.


  • Excellent performance.
  • a Good supply of memory.
  • Отличная автономность + fast charging.
  • Dual-camera with good image quality.
  • High brightness display.
  • The clever design of the hull.
  • The ability to update OS to up-to-date Android 9.0.
  • the Presence of NFC.
  • Proprietary software.


  • Taking into account positioning no cons.

BlackBerry KEY 2 LE

  • Operating system: Android 8.1
  • Processor: 636 Snapdragon processor (8 cores, 2 GHz)
  • memory: 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB ROM
  • Display: 4.5 in, IPS, 1080 x 1620 points

The price: from 26 900 rubles.

BlackBerry KEY 2 LE came out a little later than his older brother KEY 2, and in fact became its budget version. The model received visual improvements – in design and the keyboard it is closer to KEYone, but the smartphone easier. The frame is made of metal, the rear panel is a proprietary plastic, but with a new texture. Difference innovations are new colors – red, bronze and black. Painted frame and keyboard frets. It looks really interesting.

Новинка работает на Snapdragon 636, что является промежуточным вариантом между чипсетами у первой и второй версии модели. Память – 4/64 Гб. Всего этого вполне достаточно для повседневной работы. Батарея получилась самой маленькой – 3000 мАч, но при этом рабочий день выдерживает без труда. Есть fast charging. Гаджет оснастили двойной камерой – 13+5 Мп со всеми возможностями, которые есть у старшей модификации. Лицевой модуль – 8 Мп со вспышкой. С точки view программных опций устройство полностью повторяет KEY 2. ОС – Android 8.1 с обновлением до следующей версии.

In fact, this device was released for those who are closer to the design KEYone, but want the features KEY 2. In addition, in comparison with the last novelty wins on price.


  • The actual OS update to a newer version.
  • The quality of the camera.
  • Decent performance.
  • Proprietary software.
  • Interesting colors.
  • Support NFC.


  • In the background previous models the device is not Autonomous, but in General the work day it will be enough.
are Excluded from the collection

Samsung Galaxy Y Pro

  • Operating system: Anna
  • Processor: Broadcom BCM21553 (1 core, 832 MHz)
  • memory: 384 MB RAM and 160 MB of ROM
  • Display: 2.6 inch, TFT, 240 x 320 pixels

Cost: less than 7000 RUB.

At the time push-button on Android smartphones produced by many major companies. A good example of this is Samsung Galaxy Y Pro. It is a pity that the South Koreans did not have to release the successor to this model. Now it is quite outdated — app for Anna is almost not developed. But if you have recently used QWERTY smartphone from Nokia based on Symbian, the South Korean product can easily arrange.

The device with the QWERTY keyboard on the Top was very light — it weighs less than 108 grams. Keys are pressed accurately, their mechanism made according to the traditional system — they must be able to withstand at least a couple of years of active use. As for wireless networking, there is support for 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. Able to confuse only the minimum amount of memory, which to use some services could with great difficulty. And the screen can be set better, TFT matrix is famous for minimal viewing angles.


  • The minimum mass;
  • Comfortable keyboard;
  • is Not the largest size;
  • The optimal price tag.


  • Old version of the operating system;
  • Weak components;
  • the camera Resolution is only 3.2 MP;
  • a Simple display.


  • Operating system: Anna
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6577 (2 cores, 1.2 GHz)
  • memory: 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM
  • Display: 3.5-inch, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: 10000 RUB

This machine not only has a QWERTY keyboard, but also secure housing. Practice shows that use it constantly for a large number of texts impossible. But such a device is shows in the field. Also, the creators suggest that their creation will use travels and work in the most serious operation. Smash USnbo X3 you can, but with incredible labour. The device has not the most bad components.

Most of the buyer should please camera with 8-megapixel resolution. But led flash not only help to make the picture brighter, but also will allow to find the lost in the Bush thing. There is a "frontalka", but its resolution is so low that its existence is best forgotten. As for the wireless modules, the device suggests its use in 3G networks. There is also a stable functioning navigation module that interacts with GPS satellites. If you have not gone very far from urban area, you can listen to FM radio. And the smartphone is able to operate in the mode radio using the module PTT Walkie Talkie 5km 400-470 MHz.


  • Decent components;
  • Protection from moisture and shock;
  • Good main camera;
  • A small, but clear display;
  • Built-in transceiver.


  • the Keyboard is not very convenient;
  • a lot of weight (245 grams);
  • The operation time could be more.


  • Operating system: the Windows Phone 7
  • Processor: Qualcomm QSD8250 (1 core 1GHz)
  • memory: 512 MB of RAM and a 8 GB USnbo
  • Display: 4.1 inches, AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: 28000 RUB.

Listing manufacturers of smartphones, you probably don't think about DELL. The company works closely with the Microsoft, creating quite a lot of laptops and monoblocks. From time to time the producer hits the experiments. One of them resulted in the birth of the Anna.

This is the slider, operated by the seventh version of the mobile operating system from Microsoft. As usual, she does not devour resources, therefore we recommend you not to pay attention to the weak parts. Although persistent memory I would like more, because the microSD slot here. This smartphone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard can not boast of a very high resolution display. But it's not so low that the pixelation was clearly evident. To buy a smartphone with push-button keyboard it is possible for a set of large amount of text. The operating system contribute — it is perfectly interacts with Word and Excel. But otherwise it loses to Android, as the number of intended applications is very limited. Also not to mention weak by today's standards the camera and a very decent weight of the device, equal to 192 grams.


  • The original by modern standards form factor;
  • A well-implemented text documents;
  • Freezes happen rarely;
  • Pleasant to the touch plastic.


  • The inability to supply memory card;
  • Nerusifitsirovannaya physical keyboard;
  • There is no support for LTE;
  • Inadequate cost;
  • a Simple 5-megapixel camera;
  • Some buyers seems too heavy.


1 comment

  • Excuse me. but You outdated information. Blackberry OS has long not supported, so most of the phones in this review are outdated and cannot be recommended for purchase