Motorola intros two new Moto Mods, including a QWERTY keyboard

Motorola is expanding its Moto Mods portfolio with two new accessories meant to be used alongside Moto smartphones: Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod.

Both will be up for grabs through the Moto Z Market app in the Google Play Store, but only in those countries where the Moto Z is available for purchase. Motorola confirmed the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod will go on sale later this winter for $99, while the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod should hit the shelves in April for $395.

The most expensive of the two, the Lenovo Vital Moto …


BlackBerry KEYone now offered online with alternate QWERTY layouts


One of the problems of owning a phone with a physical keyboard is that the layout of the keyboard can’t be changed. That was an issue addressed by Steve Jobs during the introduction of the original Apple iPhone back in January of 2007. Still, there are those in this day and age who remain fans of physical keyboards. And if they are lusting after the BlackBerry KEYone, but live in countries that use QWERTZ or AZERTY designed keyboards, BlackBerry is now offering the handset with alternate keyboard layouts.

European customers now have a choice of three layouts for the keyboard on the BlackBerry …

Ads start appearing on some HTC QWERTY keyboards

HTC has something extra for those using the default QWERTY on the HTC U11 and other flagship models like the HTC 10. These are advertisements for third party businesses that appear to be pulled from Google’s AdSense. Before you start getting mad at HTC, it might not even be the company’s fault. Heck, it is even possible that HTC didn’t know that the ads would appear. After all, HTC’s default keyboard is built by a company called TouchPal.

Now that HTC has been made aware about the ads, it might try to do something about them. The manufacturer recently told HTC U11 owners to uninstall recent …

Unreleased Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset leaks with physical QWERTY in tow

Amid the excitement generated by the physical QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone, a leak has revealed that back in 2012, Nokia had a Windows Phone powered handset prepped for the business market. Featuring a front-facing physical QWERTY keyboard, the handset ran an early version of Windows Phone 8 but was never released. The unit was known as the Nokia RX-100, and photographs of the phone have been discovered on a website in China. The device does show a  resemblance to the 2011 Nokia E6, which also was equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but was powered by Symbian.

The …

Company developing a physical QWERTY keyboard Moto Mod will meet with Lenovo and Verizon

Last month, we told you about a company called Livermorium that is developing a third-party physical QWERTY keyboard Moto Mod. The accessory is listed on Indiegogo where the company is trying to raise the $100,000 it needs to guarantee production. With 15-days left on the crowdfunding site, Livermorium has raised a tad more than $47,000 from 638 backers. If you like the idea of adding a QWERTY keyboard to your Moto Z device, you might want to donate $60 for a Super Early Bird model. The company plans on selling them for $120 at retail, if it can get the necessary funding.

Looking very similar …

BlackBerry KEYone features fingerprint scanner built in to the QWERTY keyboard's space bar

One of the ingenious things about the BlackBerry KEYone, is the placement of the fingerprint scanner embedded inside the space bar on the keyboard. This is the first time that a biometric reader is found built into a phone’s physical QWERTY keyboard. Part of that is due to the fact that not too many smartphones these days have a physical keyboard built in. The unique fingerprint scanner was created by a company called Fingerprint Cards AB. The latter worked with the hardware team at BlackBerry to get the job done.

In a press release that BlackBerry disseminated today, the company said that …

BlackBerry KEYone (Mercury) is now official: full QWERTY, all-day battery and full-on security

The BlackBerry KEYone (known also under its BlackBerry Mercury codename) has just gone official. The KEYone is the newest and most powerful ‘Berry with a full QWERTY keyboard and the largest ever battery in a BlackBerry. 
An interesting detail to remember while reading about this new ‘Berry is that the phone is now actually made by a different company, TCL Communications, while BlackBerry is a licensing partner that handles the software, but will not be responsible for the actual sales and distribution of the phone.
With …

Moto Mod with QWERTY keyboard slider coming soon to Indiegogo

The last QWERTY slider that carried the DROID brand was the Motorola DROID 4, released in February 2012.  No Motorola DROID 5 was ever released, and the QWERTY slider soon became a  look from the past. But as with any fashion, what was out could be in again. A page on crowdfunding website Indiegogo is taking email addresses of those interested in a Moto Mod that would add a QWERTY slider to the phones in the Moto Z line up.

A render of the finished product reveals a QWERTY that carries five rows; the top row is dedicated to numerals. Besides the keyboard, the accessory also features …

Choosing the Best Qwerty Phone

Choosing a smartphone is never an easy task. You cannot change your cell phone every month that’s why you have to think in a long term perspective, being aware that a qwerty phone you buy will serve you for at least a year or more.

First step in finding the best qwerty phone for you would be to determine the budget and decide if you would buy an unlocked phone or one tied up with a contract.

Applying for an 18-month contract, there is a chance you will get a free qwerty cell phone and a monthly data package or a hefty rebate from the selling price. It is the easiest option, however, nothing comes for free – you’re just getting your phone on split payments over the next 18 months. In most cases you will find that you pay less for minutes, texts and data if you are not on a subsidized contract, i.e. you buy an unlocked phone and pay the full price.

It all depends on your budget. If you have free money now, buy an unlocked phone and shop around for the best monthly price plan. If you decide to go for unlocked qwerty cell phone models, you have to allocate around $ 200. That starter sum of money can buy you an unlocked Palm Treo 680 or a Pantech Duo. The top-end qwerty cell phones will cost over $ 400 – an unlocked BlackBerry Bold World phone can cost you around $ 650. If this doesn’t sound like the right option, visit your wireless carrier for the free subsidized phone offers.

Operational System

It is easy to sort qwerty cell phone models by the (OS) operational systems they use. OS is a software environment that makes your cell phone run, managing calls, contacts, games, applications and all other functions.

The most obvious choice for majority of people would be a Windows Mobile OS, as it gives you a familiar interface similar to a PC, easy synchronization (data transfer between a mobile phone and a PC) and crash-free operation. The most popular qwerty cell phone models using Windows Mobile OS are HTC 620 (aka HTC Dash), HTC S740 and Palm Treo W edition.

Those who enjoy using hand-helds like Palm Pilot and other pocket organizers running Palm OS will probably want to follow their passion and stick with Palm. The most popular cell phones of this kind are Palm Treo models. There are different ones – check with your provider if the Treo model you like can be supported by your country network. For example, you will find it difficult to use Palm Treo 680 in USA because it does’t run on CDMA networks.

Another popular choice is Symbian OS used by Nokia smartphones. Some people feel that Symbian is becoming old and outdated in comparison with Windows, especially when it comes to editing Office documents. However, Symbian is an open-source program, which means that any programmer can develop apps and features for the OS. If you are keen on upgrading you basic cell phone with new apps and games, Symbian is the one to choose. With new open-source OS solutions like Android (the first qwerty cell phone using Android OS is Google G1 phone) taking on strength, it is possible that Symbian may fade away in next couple of years.

Another popular OS is BlackBerry – it is a light-weight Java based OS exclusively used by BlackBerry qwerty cell phones. BlackBerry gadgets are a good choice for business users but they are still to struggle in order to knock Windows Mobile from its pedestal of Number One smartphone software in the world.

Features and Entertainment

There are many different criteria for comparing qwerty cell phone models. You have to decide which features are the most important for you.

If you are keen on music and streaming video, you might find that Windows Media Player for Mobile suits your needs best. A phone with Windows Media Player will replace your MP3 player and your video player.

It is also preferable that a qwerty phone has a digital camera integrated. You need at least 1.3 or 2.0 Megapixels for quality images. Be aware that Palm Treo 680 has a 0.3 Megapixels camera and BlackBerry 7 has no camera at all.

A very important factor is the quality of the keyboard. I still think that the majority of people make their choice according to their thumb size. It is better to pop into a mobile shop and thest the keys of different qwerty cell phone models. The most tactile buttons are on HTC 620 and Nokia N71 – that’s why people with large hands usually pick these models or choose a slide-out qwerty cell phone (like HTC S740 or Google G1) where the keyboard is even bigger.

There is no such thing as the best qwerty phone in the world. All the major qwerty phone makers have spent restless months or even years and millions of dollars developing smartphone models and you shouldn’t really experience much trouble with any gadget. This is probably the case when you need to let your heart (or should I say thumbs) rule your head.

If you are looking for a phone with full qwerty keyboard, please read Qwerty Phone Reviews before making a decision.

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