While the BlackBerry Z10 was definitely the star of the show, the company also unveiled the BlackBerry Q10, featuring a hardware QWERTY keyboard and 3.1-inch display. With this device, BlackBerry (formerly known as RIM) makes it clear that it isn't ditching the hardware keyboard, making a device to cater to those who prefer it. The display is a 720 x 720 AMOLED screen, and it's all powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM. Like the Z10, LTE is on board here as well, supporting AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless. One thing that BlackBerry left out here is the price of the Q10, but that should be coming soon enough. It should arrive in the US in April.
If you're a Sprint customer who's been waiting on a new Android device, and you demand that a real QWERTY keyboard be a part of the action, then the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE is exactly what you're looking for. Aside from the keyboard love, it also packs support for LTE, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. You can pre-order the Photon Q today, and it hits stores on August 19th for $199.
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BenQ has just released their Joybook Lite U102. With a polished obsidian finish and weighing less than 1kg, the ultra-portable netbook has an Intel Atom processor, a 10.1-inch UltraVivid 16:9 WSVGA LED-backlit screen and a 250GB HDD. Included is a 90% sized QWERTY keyboard and an expanded touchpad to make the unit more ergonomic. The Joybook Lite made its debut in Taiwan, China and Thailand in June.
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Ari Zagnoev’s Combimouse is a keyboard and mouse arranged in an odd sort of way. The right unit is the right side of a QWERTY board that can be moved around for comfort and operates in keyboard mode unless it is switched. The company calls the switch “effortless and intuitive.” We call it one more thing to fall off the desk, although they say it was tested by college students who found it convenient. By the way, they are also looking for investors if you think they have a hit on their hands.
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LG’s Versa will be available on Verizon Wireless as of March 1. It features an animated 3-inch touchscreen interface, an HTML browser with Flash and RSS feed support, a built-in accelerometer and the ability to keep open 3 windows at once. Best of all, the phone features a removable QWERTY keyboard. The Versa comes with V CAST Music with Rhapsody and V CAST Video and a USB cable to download content. You can pick one up for $199.99 after a $50.00 rebate and 2-year agreement.
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LeapFrog has been putting out sophisticated learning products for years. Their latest toy is the a Text & Learn, designed for tots whose parents have Blackberrys or iPhones and won’t share. There is a pretend browser mode, learning games and a QWERTY keyboard to teach them to type. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 6, they can send and receive text messages with Scout the puppy. The Text & Learn made its debut at the recent UK Toy Fair and will be available sometime this summer for $21.99.
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Virgin Mobile has announced that their Helio Ocean 2 will launch on February 12. This model is slimmer than the first generation but still has the dual-sliding design. Aside from the QWERTY keyboard, the phone features a 2.6-inch TFT display (240x320,) 3G connectivity, GPS with Google maps, stereo Bluetooth, a media player with background mode playback and access to social networking sites. It will also have 3D gaming, a file viewer with editing and a 2MP camera. A 512MB MicroSD card is included in the $149.00 price.
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If you hunt and peck at your computer or don’t have enough patience to take a typing class, Fast Fingers may be right for you. The QWERTY board also can become ABC with one key push. If you IM a lot, another button gives you access to Internet abbreviations. It was created by Faith Quintavell (who can type) after noticing that others couldn’t. Plug into your USB port and pick up some speed for $27.95.
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MedicalPhone recently debuted their iCEphone, so named because of a dedicated emergency button that sends the GPS location to emergency services. The cellie runs on Windows Mobile 6.0 Pro, and has a 3.1 megapixel cam with autofocus and LED flash. At a size of 5 x 2.4 x .9-inches, it has a QWERTY keyboard, 3-inch touchscreen and gaming keypad. Expect 5 hours of talk time and 3 days of standby. Targeted for the military and governmental use, look for it to formally come out in Q2 next year with a price of around $1,000.00.
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Nokia takes on Apple with their new N97 handset with a Symbian S60 OS, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, GPS, HSDPA, FM transmitter and tuner and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. In addition, it also has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WiFi and Bluetooth capability, 32GB memory and a microSD slot that can manage up to 16GB. Look for the N97 early next year with an approximate price of €550 ($695.00.)
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