Fxtec Pro1 hands-on: The sliding QWERTY keyboard phone is back

Back in the day, there were several phones with sliding QWERTY keyboards like the T-Mobile Sidekick, the original Motorola Droid and the HTC myTouch 4G Slide (see, phones had bad names even then). However, touchscreens quickly became a more popular input method and sliding keyboards became a thing of the past. Despite this, many of us never lost our nostalgic attachment to physical keyboards or sliders – and now they’re back. Again.

A London-based startup company called Fxtec wants to bring real keyboards back to Android smartphones. The company’s mantra basically revolves around updating the classic tech of yesteryear for today’s demands. During MWC 2019, it showed off its first phone, the horrendously named Fxtec Pro1, with a display that hides a sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard.

My initial response to seeing the Pro1 was a pleasant surprise. Seeing that it looked like a pretty regular phone running stock Android+ in normal mode was nice, but seeing it flick open for the first time instantly made me want to grab it. I have to admit it took me a few minutes to perfect the hand movements required to gently lift the screen with your index fingers while simultaneously pushing with your thumbs on the opposite side, but once I got it the experience was every bit as pleasurable as it was back in the good old days.

Read the full story here on AndroidAuthority.com: https://www.androidauthority.com/fxtec-pro1-review-960653/

 

Pro1 The Little Lappy Top on TWiT.TV All About Android

Our Co-Founder Adrian Li Mow Ching joined TWiT.TV‘s All About Android hosts Jason Howell, Florence Ion, Ron Richards last night for a fun discussion and Pro1 demo. During the episode they chatted about the recent Google I/O conference highlights, and also checked out the OnePlus 7 Pro & Pixel 3a.

Host “Flo” decided our Pro1 worked just like a “little lappy top” in landscape mode when using the keys. Check out the episode above in case you missed your chance at the live Q & A.

We’re thrilled they invited us back this summer to bring Jason his Pro1 for a more in-depth review.