Apple's iPhone 3GS has hogged much of the limelight in the smartphone space, but for business and corporate users, the idea of tapping a screen with your finger to type e-mails is difficult to fathom. For these users, a smartphone with a full QWERTY keyboard is a must and makes punching out long-winded e-mails and SMS messages a breeze. We round-up the top five smartphones with a full QWERTY keyboard, including mobile phones from Nokia, RIM and HTC.
Nokia's N97 smartphone is the Finnish giant's flagship smartphone for 2009. Aside from the full QWERTY keyboard, the N97 also includes a flip-up screen design and massive storage capacity. It offers 32GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The N97's software doesn't match the standard set by Apple with the iPhone, but software upgrades and further development of the Ovi Store mean this smartphone has plenty of potential.
The Nokia N97 is currently available through Vodafone and Optus.
Despite running the clunky Windows Mobile operating system, the folks at HTC ensure the Touch Pro2 is intuitive to use thanks to the TouchFLO 3D interface. The Touch Pro2 smartphone is more responsive and easier to use than its predecessor, though the extra weight and bulk won’t be appreciated by all. In the end, a fantastic display, well-designed keyboard and an excellent user interface make this one of the best business smartphones on the market.
The HTC Touch Pro2 is currently available exclusively through Telstra.
It may lack 3G connectivity, but RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8900 is one of our favourite BlackBerrys. It boasts an outstanding display, an excellent keyboard and is smaller and lighter than the flagship BlackBerry Bold. In our opinion, the Curve 8900's stylish and compact design makes it the best looking BlackBerry yet, without compromising the end user experience.
Nokia's E75 boasts the unique combination of a full QWERTY keyboard and a regular numeric keypad. It builds on the style of previous E Series smartphones: it looks business-like but also remains attractive to the fashion-conscious buyer. The E75 is also the first smartphone to include Nokia Messaging, a new e-mail user interface.
RIM's BlackBerry Bold is one of the best BlackBerrys yet and has very few flaws. Along with perhaps the most comfortable keyboard we've seen on a smartphone, the Bold comes with an outstanding display, a refreshing and intuitive interface and some great multimedia features. Although targeted towards business and corporate users, the BlackBerry Bold is also a great device for regular consumers — and even those that would never have thought about ever owning a BlackBerry.