The 5 best smartphones with a physical keyboard

Today the majority of smart phones using only touch input. This means that users need to use the touch keyboard on the screen, which can sometimes be inaccurate and slow.

However, the market still has models with physical keyboards that have tactile feedback and the best accuracy. We have selected a few devices that have this type of keyboard, but are full-fledged smartphones.

Blackberry Key2

Price: from 39 990 rubles

There are very few companies dare to release a smartphone with a physical keyboard, but the Blackberry stands out from others. Their newest model, the Blackberry Key2, offers a variety of functions that have the best smartphones on the market. The device has an excellent design with aluminum housing.

"Under the hood" of the device installed Snapdragon 660 – processor average level, which is able to cope with simple tasks and some games. The default configuration is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory which can be expanded using microSD. The smartphone also has two rear cameras, supports two SIM-cards and 4.5-inch Full HD display.

The physical keyboard — the standard QWERTY layout, which is nice to text on. In addition, all keys function as additional buttons. You can assign application shortcuts to certain keys, to activate certain commands and quickly switch between applications.

The surface of the entire keyboard also acts out the role of the touchpad. This means that you can swiping your finger up and down on the keyboard and what is displayed on the screen will scroll up or down. In the spacebar also has a built fingerprint sensor.

Key2 runs on Android 8.1 and has many proprietary security features from Blackberry. Another important aspect is the battery life. Because there is not installed a particularly powerful CPU, and the screen less than usual, the battery capacity of 3500 mAh provides up to two days of work.

Blackberry Priv

Price: 24 500 RUB.

If you prefer a phone with a sliding keyboard, the Blackberry Priv — a good choice. The smartphone has a large 5.4-inch display and slide-out keyboard (on the bottom of the device). You can also quickly toggle between typing, if you prefer touch input.

The phone has an older processor the Snapdragon 808, works on Android 6.1 and has 3 GB of RAM. Although it is not the fastest device, it still has to cope with everyday tasks. You can also expand the capacity of the internal memory with a microSD card.

Priv has a 18-megapixel rear camera with optical stabilization pictures and optics of Schneider-Kreuznach. The screen resolution is 1440 × 2560 and the display is quite bright and great for watching videos.

The keyboard slides out smoothly and accurately recorded. It is quite responsive and very tactile. It is very easy to get used to because the keys are placed quite comfortably, despite the fact that it is not the widest device.


Samsung Galaxy Folder 2

Price: 23 400 RUB

Before the Samsung announced Galaxy Fold, previous folding structure of the company was Galaxy Folder 2. Instead of a QWERTY keyboard like other phones in this list, the phone has the T9 layout with letters and symbols.

Folder 2 folded in compact form factor, reminiscent of the old folding phone (in common – "clamshell") early 2000-ies. Thus, the small size of the phone makes it easy to put it in your pocket or purse.

The device is primarily intended as an upgrade for those who use outdated phones. Despite the retro style, it has many characteristics of modern smartphones. Galaxy Folder 2 runs on Android 6.0, has a Quad-core Snapdragon processor and is compatible with LTE networks.

This means that it can perform the most basic tasks, such as communication in a social networking, viewing web pages and messaging. It also has front and back camera. Despite the fact that the phone is not very convenient to browse media content, given the small 3.8-inch display and a resolution of 400 × 800, the screen is bright and good for viewing images.

Set the text using the T9 keyboard is very similar to old cell phones. It's not as fast as with a QWERTY-keyboard, but it works fine, just need to get used to.


LE Blackberry Key2

Price: from 35 000 rubles.

Positioned as a more affordable option compared to Key2, Key2 Blackberry LE retains many of the basic functions of his older brother, at the same time having a lower price.

Key2 LE is equipped with a slower processor Snapdragon 636 and 4 GB of RAM. This combination is able to handle multi-tasking, switch between apps and browse the web. It also has a battery capacity of 3000 mAh, which provides up to-day battery life. The technology of Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 should make up for it, as you can charge Key2 to 50 percent in just 36 minutes.

In the rest of the LE a little different. The phone has the same QWERTY keyboard with programmable keys, touch panel and fingerprint sensor. It also has a 4.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2K HD. Has 64 GB of internal memory which can be expanded using a microSD card.

In addition, it still maintains almost the same design. However, aluminum frames are no more – they were replaced with plastic. The dynamics is quite dim, therefore we recommend to use headphones.


Samsung Galaxy S8+ Keyboard Cover

Price: 1 800 RUB.

If you prefer to use a full-sized flagship smartphone, but just in case you need a physical keyboard, in this case, it can be useful to special case for Samsung Galaxy S8 +. This device works with the Samsung Galaxy S8 + and attaches to the bottom of the phone, playing the role of a keyboard.

The keys are a decent size and a nice click when pressed, so print speed is quite high. Since case does not use touch input, it is also compatible with the usual protective films for the screen.

The size of the workspace display will automatically change when you put the device on the phone. Although this makes the viewing area smaller, you can remove the keyboard if you want to play something or view full-length video. The connection and disconnection is a matter of seconds.

The only problem is that keys don't have backlight, so you have to rely on my muscle memory to fine print in low light.


Best smartphones with keyboards

The phones we listed above, offer a much more comfortable typing than on-screen keyboard. However, these devices are not the best on the market.

If you want to use your smartphone for intensive typing, you can connect a USB keyboard to an Android phone.

Source: makeuseof.com