Real Keyboards Rock: Top 5 Android Slider Phones
One of the best things about Android is that you're not locked into a one-size-fits-all design. There's a wide range of form factors, from big touchscreen-only phones (like the Evo 4G and Droid X) to BlackBerry-like designs (like the Motorola Droid Pro). Those looking for a physical keyboard and a big screen in one package will find the best of both worlds in an Android-powered slider.
There's nothing necessarily wrong with typing on a touchscreen, but a good slider should provide better accuracy. A physical keyboard doesn't cover up important content, either, like a touch layout does. (This is especially annoying when composing e-mails.) Plus, if you want to bang out a quick reply or enter a URL on that capacitive screen, the option is always there.
Here are our top 5 Android slider phone picks.
5. T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
It's not the newest or flashiest slider on the block, but the myTouch 3G Slide still has plenty going for it, including a sturdy and comfortable keyboard, convenient voice recognition features, and the ability to create multiple user profiles.
4. T-Mobile G2
The G2 packs a well-designed keyboard with plenty of helpful shortcut keys, a 720p camcorder, and plenty of battery life. We wish the Z-hinge design were sturdier, but overall the G2 is a steal.
3 Motorola Droid 2 Global (Verizon)
How do you make the sequel to the Droid that started even better? You add a faster 1.2-GHz processor and quad-band GSM global roaming for the same price. Although the keyboard is a bit stiff, the Droid 2 Global is the best slider money can buy on Verizon Wireless.
2. HTC Evo 4G Slide
The little brother to the Evo 4G is the newest Android slider--and also one of the best. For a reasonable $149, you get blazing 4G speeds, a spacious keyboard, and the ability to share your web connection with up to 5 devices. The Evo 4G slide doesn't include HDMI or a front-facing camera, but we can live with those trade-offs.
1. Samsung Epic 4G (Sprint)
Ah, this is typing bliss. The Samsung Epic 4G sports one of the best keyboards we've ever used on a smart phone. The large layout offers superb tactile feedback and just the right amount of click when you type. Add an awesome 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 4G speeds, and a zippy 1-GHz processor and you have the ultimate Android slider.