The MWC once again stood up to its name and proved to the world that it is indeed the “pinnacle” event where all the cellular companies of the world get a chance to showcase their respective devices which are expected to be released through out the year. The same was the case this time around in Barcelona where all the major companies gave glitches and glimpses of all their devices which are scheduled to be launched soon. In this blog, we are covering few of the upcoming top ranked QWERTY phones of 2012

Droid 4 (Verizon)

To start things off, here’s a phone which really impressed a lot of people (including myself). Motorola Mobility recently released the Droid 4 smartphone which is powered by Android 2.3, but is upgradeable to Android 4.0 in the near future. It is the newest QWERTY phone on the block, building on the success of the original blockbuster device, the first Droid. The new Droid 4 features a fantastic 5-row keyboard, with backlighting. For me, it’s the best keyboard on any mobile device to date, and comes packed with a great responsive feel and some handy shortcuts. It didn’t take me long to develop some serious muscle memory with this device, and, after a while, I found that I didn’t even have to look at the keyboard, which really enables one to take its productivity to a whole new level.


 

Specs

  • Price: $200/$650
  • Display: 4.0-inch 960 x 540
  • CPU: 1.2 GHz Dual-Core
  • OS: Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (4.0 Upgradeable)
  • Keyboard: 5-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Storage: 16 GB Internal with microSD slot
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1785 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 1080p Video
  • Front-Camera: 1.3 MP / 720p Video
  • 4G?: Verizon 4G LTE Capable
Source: Motorola

Droid Pro (Verizon and Sprint [Motorola XPRT])

The Droid Pro has been out for over a year now, and, although it didn’t take over the market, so to speak, it is a business man’s (or woman’s) delight. With a design that really embodies the look and feel of a Blackberry, it’s powered by Android, which is clearly the superior option for smartphones. Furthermore, the phone will not cost you a buck, as long as you sign up for a two year contract. Finally, this device is a Global Ready device (Verizon), meaning that you can take it with you wherever you go. And best of all, it works on two of the best carriers in America (Verizon and Sprint).

Specs

  • Price: Free/$399
  • Display: 3.1″ 480×320
  • CPU: 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS with Motorola Application Platform
  • Keyboard: 4-Row “Candy Bar” Form Factor
  • Storage: 2GB Internal + 2GB microSD (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Battery: 1420 mAh
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP / DVD-D1 Video Capture
  • Front-Camera: None
  • 4G?: No, Global Device in over 200 countries around the world!

Samsung Captivate Glide (AT&T)

Moving into the AT&T category, the Samsung Captivate Glide is a great 4G device that costs slightly less than its competitors. In addition, the Glide is a powerhouse, thanks to its dual-core processor, and has a great array of specs, which helped Samsung’s QWERTY phone gain its spot on our list. Needless to say, the phone sports a truly beautiful QWERTY keyboard, with 4 dedicated buttons that work with the Android OS (home, menu, back, and search). Although, at first, the battery may seem below par, the 4″ display won’t be draining much power, compared to the display of a Galaxy Nexus or Note which seems to be a blessing in disguise.

Specs

  • Price: $149.99/$499.99
  • Display: 4″ 480 x 800
  • CPU: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread
  • Keyboard: 4-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard (With 4 Android dedicated buttons)
  • Storage: 8 GB Internal / Up to 32GB microSD slot
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Battery: 1650 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 720p Video (4X Zoom)
  • Front-Camera: 1.3 MP
  • 4G?: AT&T HSPA

HTC Status (AT&T)

Are you a Facebook fanatic? The HTC Status from AT&T lets you instantly share those “priceless moments”  with all your friends. With one push of a button, the HTC Status helps you stay in the center of your social circle. In addition, the HTC Status boasts a candybar form factor, 5MP Rear camera, and HTC Sense.

Specs

  • Price: FREE/$349.99
  • Display: 2.6″ 480×320
  • CPU: 800MHz MSM7227
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread (Plus HTC Sense)
  • Keyboard: 4 row candybar style qwerty keyboard
  • Storage: 512MB internal / 2GB microSD (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Battery: 1250 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP
  • Front-Camera: VGA
  • 4G?: No

Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)

For those of you wondering, this phone is very similar to the Samsung Captivate Glide. However, if you are a Samsung fan, the Captivate Glide is a few specs up on the Epic 4G. Either way, this device is 4G capable, and serves as one of Sprint’s best full QWERTY Android devices. Even though its packed with an older version of Android, the Epic 4G is built to suit power-hungry users and regular QWERTY lovers alike

Specs

  • Price: $149.99/$499.99
  • Display: 4″ Super AMOLED 480 x 800
  • CPU: 1 GHz Hummingbird
  • OS: Android 2.1
  • Keyboard: 5-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard with 4 dedicated Android buttons.
  • Storage: 1 GB internal with 16GB microSD card included.
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 5 MP / 720p Video
  • Front-Camera: Yes
  • 4G?: Yes, Up to 10X Faster than 3G

myTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile)

Moving on into T-Mobile territory, the myTouch 4G Slide is going to be your best bet if you need an affordable full QWERTY device. This device packs 4G capabilities, dedicated Android buttons (in addition to the full keyboard), an above-par battery life, and a sweet camera/camcorder. For the time being, the dual-core processor is also top of the line equipment.


Specs

  • Price: $199.99/$499.99
  • Display: 3.7″ 480 x 800
  • CPU: Dual-Core 1.2GHz Snapdragon Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3.4
  • Keyboard: 4-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Storage: 8GB microSD card included (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 768 MB RAM
  • Battery: 1520 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 8 MP / 1080p Video
  • Front-Camera: Yes
  • 4G?: Yes.

LG Optimus Slider (Virgin Mobile)

Despite the incredibly outdated screen size and resolution, the LG Optimus Slider is a good QWERTY option for Virgin Mobile customers. Most of its main specs are sub-par, but the device itself looks pretty good, and it’s a great choice for the users who don’t need quad-core processors or 1080p video capture but are just more or less interested in the good looks of their device something which this little piece of beauty has to offer and would definitely not disappoint.

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Specs

  • Price: $199.99/$499.99
  • Display: 3.2″ 320 x 480
  • CPU: 800 MHz Processor
  • OS: Android 2.3
  • Keyboard: 4-Row Slide-Out QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Storage: 8GB microSD card included (Expandable to 32GB)
  • RAM: 512 MB RAM
  • Battery: 1500 mAh Li Ion
  • Rear-Camera: 3.2 MP / ? Video
  • Front-Camera: No
  • 4G?: No

 

OUR VERDICT

2012 is promising to be the year that Android will really take off when it comes to using QWERTY devices. Currently these are some of the best QWERTY Android phones of 2012 and even though there aren’t any lavish 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, or even 5.3-inch QWERTY sliders yet on the market, you can be sure that a smart manufacturer will come along and deliver such devices sooner rather than later. With new entrants like ZTE, Huawei, and others looking to cement their position and grab some market share from Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony, or HTC, you can be sure that we’re going to see increased competition, in terms of the quality and diversity of the devices that come to market this year. This will translate into better quality devices, better internal hardware, and lower prices. Stay tuned, as we will be updating this article with any new information regarding the best QWERTY Android phones of 2012!

 

 

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