Not big jump from 2011 to 2013...
NOKIA E6-00!!!!!! Only lack of good webbrowsing - but opera MINI and opera give good support.
I bought a Motorola Defy Pro specifically for a rugged smartphone with QWERTY. NO other options out there. I don't message a ton, I just want tactile response. On-Screen keys make my eyes hurt and makes for a constantly greasy screen..
ZwanS, 03 Jun 2013I don't believe QWERTY phones are not in demand these days. I believe phone manufacturers are ... moreYou are absolutely right. My brother is engineer (not in mobile business, but still) and as he explained - every moving detail add extra cots for manufacture and significantly rises risks for service costs. Anything mechanical can broke easily. That's why there are so many phones with almost none mechanical key (except power key).
But you are absolutely right. We are not only ones who are waiting for good full keyboard business phone. :)
I'm still using old Nokia E72. I have tried Nokia N8 and E6 for few weeks and Samsung galaxy tab 7.7 as second phone/tab for more then a year. And still switched back to Nokia E72. I hate :) touch screens as they all tends to switch something on/off while seeking and holding phone with shoulder.
And my wife has iPhone5, so I have some experience.
I agree that Androids have lot of advantages, but for me they have even more disadvantages. They are good for social networking, gaming, videos, e.t.c., but not for business person who uses phone primary for calling and as organizer, for email checking (not writing) and some other business stuff.
"Screen size is too small by today's standards and the 1:1 aspect is awkward for video watching" - strange argumentation for professional observer.
How can screen size can be compared to "today standards" (average touch screen standards? 4-5''?) if this phone is principally form different category? Actualy there is no such standard for full keybord non-sliders.
And all previous full keyboard models (Nokia E72, E5, E6 and BlackBerry) even had smaller screen.
This phone is form specific class and it is designied for people who specially looking for full keyboard phone, not some media device to watch pirated movies or gingham style videos.
If observer can't understood such people, then it is better not to review.
Now it seems like someone who hates motorcycles makes review on one of them and says that big disadvantage for THIS MOEDL is that it has only two wheels.
I'm not a fan of this model. My colleague got one and, but I tested it for 15 min.. At least for me the first disadvantage was that there where no red/green keys, and no navigation keys. But keyboard was perfect.
I'm still using old Nokia E72 and waiting for something similar with better processor and bigger ram - full keyboard business model (proper applications) with no - touch screen. But it seems that all, starting with Nokia, thinks that now everybody only need touchscreen (BIG touchscreen) and facebook access.
Suchita, 03 Jun 2013Hi, I am interested in knowing what data plan the phone needs? Because I read in many places t... moreHi Friend, The BIS is still available but only for BB that run OS of up to OS 7 (Curves, Bolds, Pearls,Torchs) but the OS 10 phones ( Z10, Q10, and rumoured Q5) do not or wont have it.
Suchita, 03 Jun 2013Hi, I am interested in knowing what data plan the phone needs? Because I read in many places t... moreas an q10 user...yes, i can confirm that no special service plan is required for this ! thank god!
Hi, I am interested in knowing what data plan the phone needs? Because I read in many places that BIS is no longer needed, is that true?
I fell in love with BB when I got the Curve 8900 in 2009. I had it for 3 years, then I switched to Samsung Galaxy S2, only because I had the problem using my BB abroad without BIS.
I respect Samsung Galaxy, but the phone lasted a year and it started giving me so many problems. I would have bought another BB a year ago, but when the Bold 9900 came out, I was so disappointed, as I expected something like Q10. Well now it is out, and as soon as I have the money I am going to buy it.
I just really hope the rumours about 'no more bis' being true. So are they?
" iOS, Android and Windows Phone have consistently demonstrated their business benefits"
You mean iOS and Windows Phone. No IT professional worth his salt would allow his company the use of Android phones, due to the risk of the user messing them up with downloads from third parties.
Closed OS phones are ideal for business.
I don't believe QWERTY phones are not in demand these days. I believe phone manufacturers are killing them off in order save cost by either reducing materials or reducing complexity of production or both. I believe they do this with a hope that the consumers will take whatever is offered them.
This will lead lead to an eventual market depression due to lack of variety in my opinion.
Looks like such a solid device.
Probably when it hits half the price it is now, I'll be interested in picking it up.
Five, 03 Jun 2013Anyone else noticed?The keyboard is actually QWERTZ instead of QWERTY ;)Ah yes. I think the key arrangement varies depending on region.
Anyone else noticed?The keyboard is actually QWERTZ instead of QWERTY ;)
Yep, really nice. Proper keys, good battery and a good camera, been a while since I saw all this in one phone. Might be an upgrade for Symbian E Series but Blackberries were always way more expensive in my country. But there's no alternative so I expect it to do rather well.
Haha. Off topic, I can say that whoever made this phone's review (and the HTC One's also) is an LOTR fan.
Anw, great review as always.
Anonymous, 02 Jun 2013phones with physical keypads are rarity these days. it's glad to know that at least one phon... morewhy would they? you can always get a Bluetooth keyboard of practically any size hooked into any other phone, you can find keyboards smaller than the one this phone has, or bigger, that is not an issue, the key for RIM its the messaging integration, that is the only way they can stand, and even then they had to move away from japanese market, so if it is not appealing to a market full of "suits" and CEOs its future seems quite hard indeed, they still need to fix a lot of bugs on their OS tho.
Nothing beats a physical keyboard for speedy text entry. Nothing. The Q10 has the best physical keyboard made, combined with the best mobile operating system bar none.
I've long withheld switching to Blackberry from my former Nokia E Series phones. The Blackberries are smoother, better OS and potential but with less stock features. The defunct E Series have more useful stock feature..better cameras, stock apps, FM radio, online radio, USB-on-the-go (!), battery life that present smartphones could only dream of, and more bang for the buck..
A few years forward, with no other alternative, this is the only qwerty messenger in the market. I currently own a Blackberry Bold 9900. It doesn't have a radio, the Q10 also doesn't have a radio I guess.. The apps are quite-a-lacking and pricing of what little apps BB has is frustrating at best. Maybe 2 years from now I'd get the Q10 as prices would have gone down. It's more expensive than the S4 (S3