February 28, 2019 at 6:05 pm #6122
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The best Keyboard Phones comes from HTC,
your Device is like the HTC Touch pro II und the HTC 7pro. Have a 5 rows keyboard with Numbers and Letters in one Layout and the Display that cline up after slide out the Keyboard is a Dream.
I try some Nokias like the N97 and a Dells Venue pro, but they have never a Change against the Keyboard Functionality of an HTC Device.
I have devices from the first Windows Mobiles (5.0 to 6.8) like the Qtek9100 (HTC) then a HTC TyTN II, a HTC Diamond touch Pro and at last the HTC touch pro II.
After that Experience the Windows Phone follows with my all time favorite the “HTC 7 Pro”!
I very happy to see your Produkt and hope for an successful start. When you bring one with a German QWERTZ keyboard i will let back the Windows and use an Android Device from FXtecFebruary 28, 2019 at 6:21 pm #6139
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1: Motorola Dext (still have it but sadly Android 1.6 is pretty unusable now)
2: Nokia E61 (best call experience in any phone I’ve owned to date and fantastic battery life)
3: Nokia E7 (never had one but loved the design; just a shame they never released it as a ‘droid!)February 28, 2019 at 6:44 pm #6157
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My first one was Sony Ericsson M600i. It was very convenient (and much fun) to type messages on it as well as make use of handwriting recognition on its screen for symbols not present on the keyboard.
My current and favourite one is Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro (MK16i). It is my main phone and I’m not going to replace it with a phone without any keys.:) I hope you at F(x)tec will do your best to create a capable and well-built device that will last not less than my current one!February 28, 2019 at 8:30 pm #6241
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LG Optimus F3Q
LG VS750February 28, 2019 at 9:02 pm #6282
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hi everyone. My list of the Best hw keyboard is like this:
1: BlackBerry Classic q20 (pure perfection of all what I demand about smartphone, but it will never come back)
2: Nokia E7 (great Balance between technology for bussines like hw keyboard and gorgeous design *sliding mechanism is the Best sample of that* and great multimedia experience like oled display and features like full hdmi out, USB otg and many more)
3: BlackBerry PRIV (I have one by now and I like it for big beautifull curved screen, sliding mechanism and of course keyboard but its no good in optimalisation and the frame/back of my specimen is almost still overheat grrr)
4: Nokia n97 mini (poor touchscreen technology but the sliding mechanism were in these days Such original and awesome!)March 1, 2019 at 9:30 am #6597
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Best keyboard: HTC Dezire Z
Currently: Blackberry Priv
From July 2019 on: F(x)tec Pro¹March 1, 2019 at 11:29 am #6632
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My love for hardware keyboard started when I was handed an old Nokia communicator for few days during my Symbian dev days for fixing defects in 2007. Think it was the 9300i but not completely sure. Shortly after that I’d another brief encounter with the Nokia E90 for work again. This time it was for few weeks and liked the keyboard a lot. Hated the need to open the phone like a box for the full keyboard but keyboard love was truly up.
My list of phones with hardware keyboards based on ones I used since the E90:
1. Nokia E7 (Was my daily driver and dev phone and preferred this over the N8 even with the poorer camera. The reason why this is #1 is the layout and the sliding mechanism)
2. BB Passport (Had 2 of these and loved them. Would still be using it if BB was still supporting it)
3. Nokia N900 (Loved using even the keys were hard. Even had an larger battery from mugen)
4. BB Q10 and Nokia E5 (Loved these 2 equally. Only reason they are so down is because of the small screen and keys were close to each other for my fingers)
5. Nokia N97 mini (Keyboard was nice but usability pushed it to this level).May 1, 2019 at 8:52 pm #13884
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BlackBerry Priv, tied with my HP Pre 3.
I went as far as upgrading and repairing my Priv twice so I can keep using it.
1 user thanked author for this post.May 2, 2019 at 5:00 am #13896
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Loved the Nokia E7, before and after that I had an E90 and HTC Desire Z. Both were exellent phones, but the E7 had the best design over all.May 4, 2019 at 9:44 pm #14069
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The BlackBerry Priv, because that’s what I’m currently using. Tho it’s getting a bit long in the tooth, and have been waiting for *someone* to release another Android qwerty slider…finally…thank you Fxtec!May 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm #14367
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I can only pick from three phones with pkb I’ve used at all – that being the Blackberry Curve 8900, the SonyEricsson Xperia Mini Pro and the Blackberry Priv. They rank like this:
1. Xperia Mini Pro
2. BB Priv
3. Curve 8900
I feel like I have to add, that the Curve was my work phone… and looking back – I hated it. The Priv is the one I’m currently using. I bought it to upgrade from my trusty Mini Pro which had an incredible lifespan with custom firmware that did it’s best to get around the limiting internal storage by using a partitioned microSD. And it’s still working. The Priv looked like a good choice at the time with promises of long term regular updates. The locked down OS came back to bite my butt when BB decided to drop support two years after launch. I still think a landscape slider would have been the better option. I mean – the Mini Pro even has arrow keys while the Priv doesn’t. At least it’s a slider – not a fan of “always on” keyboards.
The Pro1 can’t come soon enough.May 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm #14423
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If I am just judging the keyboard and not the software, my ordered list (of phones I’ve owned) is:
1: Sidekick 3: http://media3.s-nbcnews.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/060619/060619_tmsidekick_hmed_1p_.grid-6×2.jpg
Sidekick 2008: https://images.theinformr.com/phones/73/865/sidekick-2008-full-1.jpg
They have the same keyboard. The trackball and other navigation buttons on the sides of the screen, when closed, are probably more refined on the 2008 version.
2: Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G/SGH-T699/Galaxy S Blaze Q: https://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/362514266636-0-1/s-l1000.jpg
I own 5 of these. First one lasted 3 years until the screen ribbon cable started giving out. Next one lasted a year until I cracked the screen. At that point, I bought 3 extras online for spares. I have been using one for over 2 years. One of the other ones had a bad ribbon cable right out of the box. The other one works fine and will hopefully be my last backup plan until I get the Pro 1. The keyboards on some revisions of these phones are slightly different, with some having slightly flatter, matte textured keys and some with the keys being slightly more raised and with an almost glossy finish. The sliding mechanism seems to work better on the variant with the shinier keys, so maybe they also adjusted the slider mechanism.
Layout is the same on all of them.
I’ve also replaced batteries from time to time, as they won’t hold a charge after a while. The USB port melted on my first phone and wouldn’t transfer data anymore, but would charge after some playing with it. My current phone won’t transfer data anymore either (I can do that wirelessly through a WebDAV server on the phone and client on my PC) and charging does sometimes get flaky until I take a pin to the USB port.
Oh, and the hardware navigation buttons (menu, home, back) stopped working on my first one after a while, so I started using a 3rd party app for virtual buttons and then switched to “on-screen nav bar” in the settings once I went to CyanogenMod. That does reduce the usable screen size a little bit. My current phone’s hardware buttons work fine, but I still use the on-screen nav bar most of the time, out of habit.
3: T-Mobile G2 (HTC Desire Z/HTC Vision): https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/G/01/wireless/detail-page/tmob-g2-keyboard-lg.jpg
Broke the screen once and fixed it. Broke it again and bought the Relay 4G.
Taking the whole package into account (keyboard, software, processing, memory, storage, etc.), the Relay 4G is the best out of these 3. I have it upgraded to CyanogenMod 11/Android KitKat 4.4. That was the last version created for this phone before CyanogenMod shut down. Lineage OS rose from the ashes of CyanogeMod, but nobody has been able to come up with a working version for the Relay 4G yet. I’m running Link2SD to run most of the apps off a partition on the external SD card (which happens to be faster than the internal storage). I have over 200 apps installed on this phone. :-)
My main problem is when the internal card starts filling up in one of the many weird folders that are difficult to access and clean up. If internal storage free space gets too low, the phone really bogs down, because it slows down the storage access and that causes a chain reaction slowdown of the OS swapping RAM to storage, which it is doing most of the time, due to only having 1GB of RAM in the phone, and under 200 MB free most of the time. I also operate by only leaving 1 or 2 apps running at a time usually to reduce this issue.
I don’t upgrade the apps very often for fear they will use more RAM or not run correctly on the old OS/phone. Forced upgrades are what really scares me, especially with any of the core Google apps.
I am *really* looking forward to having a phone with 6GB of RAM, a speedy processor, speedy storage, USB C *and* a physical keyboard. I would have gotten a Pixel 3 if not for the Pro 1 coming out. I would have tried some of the various handheld BlueTooth keyboards and would not have been very happy about it. :-)June 2, 2019 at 7:11 am #16233
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The Droid 4 is pretty good and still my current phone, due to the awesome keyboard and CM/LineageOS keeping the OS pretty up-to-date. It took a a bit of work buying it and setting it up outside of the US, but well worth it. It was even worth living with its two biggest drawbacks; poor screen and poor camera (and difficult USB OTG).
In terms of overall package, I found the Xperia Pro great for its time; the keyboard was only 4 rows so not quite as good as the D4, but the screen and camera were great for the time, as was the overall ergonomics (hooray for hardware buttons).
My first keyboard phone was actually the LG GW620. It doesn’t get many mentions and wasn’t special spec-wise, but the keyboard actually felt awesome, right up there with the Droid 4. Five rows, and it opened with a satisfying click. It was also easily unlockable and rootable. But the capacitive front buttons drive me crazy! There didn’t seem to be a “dead-zone”, so if you were a little off pressing the centre button you’d touch either press menu or back.June 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm #16561
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