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  • #3317
    readyfx
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    If i had to put a list of my top keyboard phones it would be in this order.
    Am expecting the new F(x)tec phone to go straight to the top of that list :)

    1. Nokia E7
    2. Blackberry Priv
    3. Nokia E9

    #3957
    EskeRahn
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    I hope so too, but would put phones such as the Sony Ericsson Xperia (Neo) pro on the list too.
    I loved my Nokia N97 mini too – except the display that was horrible in sunlight.
    :)

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    #4067
    Testdevice
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    Motorola Photon Q and Motorola Droid 4

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    #4074
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    I only had one – a Samsung Omnia and I liked it. I would prefer a slider mechanism and it is very important for me to get a German QWERTZ layout with easy accessible umlauts (Ä,ä, ö, Ö, ü, Ü ß). Sharp Zaurus SL-C 1000 had a good function to edit the keyboard functionality e.g. to add sticky keys and such things.

    #4084
    aprilming
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    nokia n950

    #4086
    thomas_d
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    Nokia E7
    It’s just the best combination of full screen and wide keyboard.
    With danish keyboard naturally…

    #4092
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    For me its the Droid4. Still using it to this day so you can see how eagerly I’m waiting for a new keyboard phone to arrive ;)

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    #4094
    thomas_d
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    Speaking of Nokia, could we by any chance have the equivalent of Nokia Sleeping Screen on the F(x)? I miss being able to check the time at a glance, and it does have an OLED after all.

    #4106
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    My list of best Keyboard phone would be :
    1 – Nokia E7 (<3)
    2 – Blackberry Classic (Q20, the that I actually use)
    3 – Samsung S5611
    4 – Blackberry priv

    Just one question : Will your smartphone keyboard be in AZERTY ?

    Because I’m French and this would perfectly replace my Classic ! :-D

    #4118
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    1. HTC Dezire Z (HTC Vision)
    2. Nokia 9500

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    Motorola Photon Q (XT897) / Droid 4 (XT894)
    Pros:
    Five row keyboard with good layout and tactile response.
    Unlockable bootloader (XT897).
    Partial compatibility for choice of Linux based OS (XT894).

    Cons:
    Keyboard is noisy (popping sound on key-press).
    Ribbon/flex cable breaks.

    Nokia E7 / N950
    Pros:
    Excellent build quality, materials and durability.
    Silent keyboard.

    Cons:
    Keyboard lacks buttons. The tab, shift, esc keys are missing from the left, meaning the alphanumeric keys are not centered in the hand for typing.
    Symbian (E7).
    Unreleased (N950).

    Fxtec (what we know so far):
    Pros:
    Similar hinge design from former Nokia employees, so should be durable. Metal construction.
    Five row keyboard.
    Unlockable bootloader.
    Proposed compatibility with multiple Linux based OS’s.
    3.5mm Audio jack (no longer a standard in 2019).

    Cons:
    Obscure choice of key positions. The numeric keys are misaligned with the alphabet keys by one position to the right. For example, above the ‘Q’ key are 2 and 3. On any standard keyboard, it should be 1 and 2.

    Solution: Is there really a need for both a backspace and a delete key? If the delete key is changed to backspace, the numeric keys can all be shifted right one position and the ~ key moved up one position. This leaves a blank key to the left of ‘Q’ that could be used for a different symbol.

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    EskeRahn
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    Reply to static_typer, February 18, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Obscure choice of key positions. The numeric keys are misaligned with the alphabet keys by one position to the right. For example, above the ‘Q’ key are 2 and 3. On any standard keyboard, it should be 1 and 2.

    I too find that rather odd. I do understand the WHY to centre the letters to ease two-thumbs usage, but to me the price of the misalignment is not a good balance. Another way could be to move the plus to a secondary position on the minus key. Though an important symbol, the plus is used far less than the dash and the digits for ordinary users texting/mailing/browsing/….

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    aprilming
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    I want to know if I can buy this phone in China, and the approximate price.

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    Nokia 9500
    Nokia 9300i
    N900
    Blackberry 9900
    Blackberry Passport
    Blackberry Priv

    #4169
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    Droid 4, since that is what I am currently using. Really anything is fine as long as it is a 5 row keyboard–I can’t stand the 4 row on the priv. I personally would like to see a dedicated @ as well as something that can be mapped as a ctrl. There is not much use for alt/ctrl under android but it is useful for ssh’ing into linux, or for the proposed native linux running on the phone.

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