Phone choices - hardware qwerty keyboard?

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Will a phone with a full keyboard be added to the phone choices anytime soon? As it stands now, unless you want a blackberry your SOL for a physical keyboard. Will this be changed anytime soon?

I know therye not as commonly looked for. But, at least one has to exist right?
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Well, Koodo has never commented on upcoming phones, Melanie... but I have a hunch that they won't be adding phones with a hardware keyboard soon... other than the ones you already mentioned :(
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I think Koodo will carry the Blackberry Q5. It's already confirmed coming to Fido soon so we'll find out shortly...
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What about for non-blackberry users though? Like a regular android one?
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Someone else asked this not too long ago too.

Unfortunately, the demand for those kinds of phones is very small now. I'm sure you could get something like an Ace Q unlocked from somewhere but honestly, they're a dwindling species. I haven't heard of any new Qwerty Androids in a long time...

Have you ever tried using a touch screen phone/keyboard? The virtual keyboard that comes up on the screen is generally bigger than most physical ones anyway, and they aren't prone to breakage/stickyness like buttons. I know you're probably apprehensive about it, but once you can get used to it, you'll appreciate all the extra real estate for viewing websites, videos, etc.

Try it out either through your friends or at a kiosk demo phone. Learn where you have to touch the screen. It just takes time to practice, is all.

Keep in mind, too, that there's SwiftKey on Android. It is an excellent keyboard app. It learns your typing style, so the words you use most often through Facebook, other texts, emails, etc. become the suggestions, so it's more accurate than your typical auto-correct software.

If you're still gung ho about having buttons, your other option would be to look into bluetooth keyboards. They basically attach to the side/underneath your phone, almost like a snap-on case, and enable you to use it for typing. I've seen it on an iPhone and it's pretty creative.
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I have tried touchscreen typing several times, i have an ipod touch. its alright for a few words, but i could never handle it for a whole conversation. It usually botches what I actually want to say with autocorrect, and it takes forever as i cant 'feel' my way around the keyboard. This computer keyboard for example, i rarely look at, because i can feel it. same holds true for my current phone. Touch based is not that way at all.

But autocorrect is just useful enough at other times that you dont want to disable it. so you end up always double checking it for accuracy. not a time saver lol.

The problem with the bluetooth keyboards (ive seen them) is that you can never ever have a decorative case, ever. Or better yet several that you can change up once in a while like I like to do. Plus the separate charging of both. kind of a pain.

If someone else asked not long ago and i asked now, doesnt that show that there is still some demand for it? i know many people who prefer real buttons. many people i know put up with touch keys as there are/were no options but would prefer real. so, in their case theyre making the touch ones sell more but are not 100% happy with it, its giving a false customer satisfaction reading overall im sure. The people I know cant be the only ones where this is so.

Imagine a new samsung galaxy with a slideout option for myself and these people, it really would do well, more than people think!
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A selection of The Best QWERTY Android Phones of 2012
http://www.androidauthority.com/best-...
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You would need to make your case to the manufacturers though, not the distributors. Koodo cannot carry a phone that is not on the market.
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don't want to dismiss your concerns on a touch screen keyboard, but there are better out there then what is on the Iphone/ipod.
Windows phone one of the best keyboards i've used and I hear the new BB touch keyboard is pretty good and as MatB posted above Andriod can have any keyboard you want.
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I said 1 other person, not a large influx of people asking for it every day. Every once in a while someone pipes up with the inquiry but it's not a constant thing.

I would check out the great link that MatB provided, those can all be options for you despite being on the U.S. carriers (so you can pretty much ignore the prices/terms too). You could always look for someone selling an unlocked version of those online on Kijiji or wherever? The best QWERTY Android phone I've seen in Canada is the Galaxy S Glide that was on Rogers. It's basically an S II with a keyboard, now running ICS at least... See if someone's selling that one online.

I've gotten very used to touchscreens without a keyboard, especially with Swiftkey enabled. I know not everyone has the same preferences but the other thing is most of those phones don't have high-end specs, they're somewhere in the mid-range. If they brought in high-end qwerty Androids they would be bulkier than they already are. I'll admit, I would love to try something like a Nexus 4 QWERTY edition but demand is still lower than it used to be.
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What about the fact that touch keyboards take up quite a bit of the screen? I know that aspect has got to bother more than just me.

Im not sure which ill go with. i know the S slide is newer software, but its gotten worse reviews from my bit of research so far. such as accidently activating the touch buttons on the front because theyre so close to the edge of the device. and randomly shutting off and stuff.

Im still researching, havent made a decision yet. If they were $5 each i would just get both and try them both out. but, unfortunately theyre not.
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Click on Amazon.com and do a search for "keyboard phone". You will find plenty of unlocked GSM devices, but certainly not too many with Lollipop. Just like us folks looking for decent 4:3 TV's to fit our 2000's built-in furniture.
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Trying the touchscreen experience on the Ace's stock keyboard won't convince many to switch. My first touchscreen experience was quite a few years ago with a Samsung Omnia and I ran back to my QWERTY Nokia E-Series. A while late, I got the iPhone 4, and have never wanted to go back to QWERTY.

The BlackBerry 10 software keyboard is just amazing. Not only is its prediction/correction very accurate, it can do so in multiple languages simultaneously. And it's always learning and refining itself based on your input history. The touch keyboard on Windows Phone devices is also top-notch. If using Android, there is a number of 3rd party keyboard alternatives, but none are better than SwiftKey, in my opinion. All of these counteract "sausage finger typing syndrome" quite well.

Of course, you may find that you still prefer a QWERTY phone. I just wanted to let you know that there are many happy touchscreen converts such as myself.
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Rob, I just wanted to reply to let you know that Since my last post I bought an unlocked (originally AT&T but unlocked now) samsung captivate glide... and i love it. The keyboard is almost the exact same layout as with the evergreen (when i was searching that was what i wanted - the same keyboard with a smart phone interface). Ive been loving it. the latest version of android it will run officially is 4.0.4... which is what im using and havent had any issues. *but* there is a site full of lovely people who are willing to walk you through getting the latest version (called a ROM) on a forum called xda developers. Im sticking with 4.0.4 for now, but its good to know that if its ever way outdated, i dont have to ditch the whole phone... just update the software, much like a computer.

The hardware keyboard has buttons even bigger than the evergreen, so it may work out well for you... check it out if you want :)

But i have to say, stilll hanging on to my evergreen... in case i ever need a spare thats the one ill go with! lol
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The other thing I hate about non-keyboard phones is that you have to constantly swipe to do certain actions instead of just having the keys immediatley available for you to press. I hate 'touch screen only' and I wish they would carry keyboard options and stop trying to be "futuristic". it's only causing more hassle. Even on my old BB curve 8900 or whatever, if i wanted to type a number i just went immediately to the keyboard and started typing and then pressed call on the hardware keyboard. Now I've had BB q5 for the past almost 2 yrs and even that keyboard is better than nothing, but it's a pain in the ass that i have to get to the right screen, and i have to press ALT in order for it to enter an actual number, then ih ave to successfully hit the call key and hope i dont drop the phone int he process
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There is no denying that there is a certain demand for hard-touch keyboards, just like there is for simple devices with large numbers. You can't argue with long fingernails or aging eyesight. Some people will go to their graves with both, but hopefully not clutching their cellphone.

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