AT&T's six new phones all have keyboards

Ahead of this week's CTIA trade show, AT&T's announced its summer lineup. Everything, from the fancy Samsung Impression to the $50 budget bucket, has a full QWERTY keyboard.
• Nokia's E71, a great-looking Blackberry-style model with a 2.3" display, 3 megapixel camera, HSDPA, WiFi and bluetooth. Available unlocked since 2008, it runs Symbian and will be $150 from April or May.
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• Samsung's Propel Pro, an upgrade on last years' Propel. The new model has Windows Mobile 6.1, a slider keyboard and a thumbpad navigation system. It has a 320x320 display, tri-band GSM for international roaming, and a $200 tag.
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• Samsung's Impression, touted as the first U.S. phone with an amoled display. The 3.2" screen's resolution is 240x400, and it has a 3 megapixel camera, GPS and a full QWERTY slider keyboard. It'll be $250 from April 7.
• LG's Xenon, which has an ultra-wide 240x480 pixel touchscreen display and a 2 megapixel camera, WiFi and standard keyboard. It'll be $150.
• LG's Neon, a $100 model made of terribly bright colors. There's no 3G, no WiFi, just a 2MP camera, a 320x240 pixel display, and joie de vivre.
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• Samsung's Magnet, a $50 budget textphone that still has a keyboard but is otherwise quite basic: it has charms, but check the camera, web browser and menu snappiness before committing. AT&T Unveils New Integrated Devices for Texting, Email and More [AT&T]

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6 Responses to AT&T's six new phones all have keyboards

  1. Robabob says:

    Who is it that keeps telling the phone manufacturers that qwertys are best? Am I the only one that doesn’t get on with them? Using a full size qwerty it’s quite easy to operate without looking at it too often (even for non touch typists), as is a small phone keypad using predictive text. On a phone sized qwerty you can’t touch type as it’s too cramped and you can’t simply feel your way across the keys as there are too many.

  2. DTPhantom says:

    I do. Typing for more than 5 seconds on a virtual keyboard makes me want to kill my self. I’m not sure why you say you can’t touch type because after a week or so I can type on my BlackJack II with out looking.

  3. Robabob says:

    @2 I’d have to agree that typing on a virtual keyboard also makes me suicudal :)

  4. zuzu says:

    Who is it that keeps telling the phone manufacturers that qwertys are best? Am I the only one that doesn’t get on with them?

    Yes, you’re the only one. I know people who got the Propel specifically because it was cheap (compared to BlackBerry, iPhone, etc.) and it has a qwerty keyboard.

    The Sony c905 is nice and does T9, as well as doubling as an 8MP geotagging Cybershot camera.

  5. Oddball says:

    A physical qwerty keyboard is the best solution for text messaging, email, whatever even on a phone. I’ve had horrible experiences with predictive text systems. Especially with names.

    I’m still waiting for someone to stuff a smart phone into the form factor of the LG Lotus. I hate the candy bar design, but I’m pretty much stuck with it if I want the full functionality of a smart phone.

  6. Rob Beschizza says:

    Oddball, the LG Lotus is about as smart as a dumbphone can get (I have one): the software just doesn’t have the right features. I constantly think “If it can do this, why doesn’t it do that?”

    Opera Mini is very good on it for browsing the real web.

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