Is there any up-to-date phone similar to this? I really want a phone which is as open source and with a physical qwerty keyboard.
I'd buy one but the price is way too high
Not that I know of, sorry.
Hardware keyboards died, sadly. Don't let the neo900 convince you, it's got meh-tier specs (whereas you could just get an N97, N97 Mini or N900) and costs the same as a flagship.
N97 (mini) phones are not really open source. The Neo900 is the best around
This phone was never intended to be out in the public. There were only a few hundred of these phones that were made and they were given to developers who wrote software for the N9 phone.
The N900 can be, I think. Except you have to deal with temperamental batteries (hurr turn phone on to charge), weak MicroUSB ports (can be fixed), and just deprecation in general.
Jolla doesn't have a hardware keyboard, does it?
>Everybody's feeling the pressure to compete with Apple these days in slimness.
The market has spoken and we have decided that we wanted thin phones that don't have bulky keyboards. If you want to speak to the marketplace, put your money where your mouth is and starting paying premium prices for phones with keyboards.
I'm more bummed about the fact that you can't get clam-shell phones anymore.
Dem razors sure were cool.
I had that phone, the screen and audio quality was fucking HORRIBLE. But the keyboard was nice. It was also surprisngly powerful I could play tony hawk proskater in a psx emulator at 60fps comfortably with the keyboard.
Because touchscreens are better now and keyboards apps like swype make typing faster on the touchscreen.
Also have you owned a phone with a physical keyboard? On the G1 (HTC Dream) it was kind of a pain to pull out and use, so I really only did it when typing long paragraphs.
For example this post would have just been made on the (crappy) touchscreen.
Not that guy, but I've had blackberries, and my favorite phone was a Nokia E71. That thing was god tier, candybar layout so no dicking aorund with sliding some bullshit out, and best of all I could fucking touchtype on the thing. Fuck having to look at a screen while typing.
Touch screen a shit.
shit is god tier
small ish screen but no onscreen kb taking up space, only thiong its shit for is videos because of the square screen
but its amazing to quick reply to messages and shit with that kb
Seriously fucking GOT phone right here.
Has anyone here tried the Nokia 515? $175 is a lot for a dumbphone but it looks amazing and I'd like to expierence dat month long battery life. Black or white color?
Buy old phones with outdated hardware at premium prices. That's the only way you can send a strong message to the manufacturers. However, your individual act might not be strong enough for them, it's up to us to continue making these purchases over the long run.
I'm about to put one of my n950's up for auction on eBay.. No reserve etc. Hoping to pull a decent amount for it.. Even if I don't, I have 2 of them in pristine condition. Its a great phone just lacking the apps
I always wanted a Motorola sidekick, they look cool as fuck
Remember when phones actually looked different? Candybars, clamshell flips, Boost mobile "where u at" walkie talkie phones, etc. Now we have rectangles and more rectangles and spergs sperg over one rectangle having bezels 1mm smaller than the other rectangle.
>looking at Moto SLVR on Wikipedia
Can't beat that blue backlight on the RAZRs and SLVRs, though.
>keyboards apps like swype make typing faster on the touchscreen.
This is what /g/ has told me everytime I've bitched about this.
Holy shit are these apps atrocious. I've been using the Android Keyboard for about two months now and it is the worst piece of shit ever. Scratch that, Swype was. With Swype I'd trace out a word, and it will suggest words that aren't even close to anything I traced. And when I'd manually type them in, it would autocorrect to something absurd. I switched over to Android/Google whatever and that fixed most of my issues with strange words... but I still have to change one or two words a message that make absolutely no sense. Also, if your word has less than five letters, good luck, might as well just type it in because the keyboard will never get the right one.
Worse part is I have to sit there and stare at the screen like a knob to make sure 1) the word I trace is the word I actually want it to put in and 2) because there is 0 tactile response by design, I have to watch to make sure I'm tracing the word properly. It kills my ability to multitask.
Children and hip 20 somethings are ruining the cellphone industry by shifting the focus to aesthetics rather than hardware features.
those where good times, when some of your friends went with a new phone, and everyone was like: oh look, which games does it have? does it have infrared? can you play music? does it have X thing?
as you say, now the phones are all looking the same, and then is Apple appealing that someone copy the size of their screws, it sucks a lot
how the hell they did those modifications? NSA has interesting technology
>those where good times, when some of your friends went with a new phone, and everyone was like: oh look, which games does it have? does it have infrared? can you play music? does it have X thing?
I remember those days. Especially when someone got a Razr after they had been out.
>how did they make it so thin
>I heard the screen is 3D
>I heard the buttons are touch buttons!
Infrared was cool too.
>hey man, can you send X (game, usually) to me?
>hold devices at the same level and begin the transfer
>what are you guys doing?
>GO AWAY DON'T DISRUPT THE BEAM
If only those phones would drop in price since, you know, they're over half a decade old. In person you could probably get one for $10 but on Ebay it's nothing but "Nokia n86 8mp great smartphone for all of your smartphone needs with industry-leading 8mp camera $125 no charger or battery".
That doesn't register, because they stop selling that shit within 6 months and the only way you can get it is via resellers with old stock.
If the N5 had a keyboard option out of the gate as a first-tier option, _that_ would probably register.
>does it have infrared?
>Infrared was cool too.
At least with NFC and Bluetooth that feel of file sharing is still alive, but nothing matches irDA. Plus you could install universal remote programs and control TVs.
It's Handspring, not Palm. Handspring was bought by Palm, eventually. Too bad that the Springboard modules never really took off, oddly though you can fit a PCMCIA card in the Springboard expansion slot since it's the same dimensions and pin count. It won't work, of course. The PalmOne Treo 600 actually still has Handspring markings on the motherboard inside.
>Yeah it's like a PDA but with GSM, phone capabilities AND a VGA camera! Plus SD and Infrared.
>So....I can hotsync using a cell network and don't have to get email manually from docking anymore?
That keyboard looks like it feels good on the fingers.
I've used the G1, the G1, and this thing (HTC espresso). Of these I think I liked the G1 keyboard the most.
I'm still waiting for something to replace the G1, nothing ever will though. That curve, that keyboard, that spring, that physical trackball. Sex.
I really don't like these digital trackpads, they're shitty to use a lot of the time.
I feel your pain OP. I can't bear the thought of having to use a phone without a physical QWERTY. It's just so much faster for me.
I use an old cheap samsung, pic related. it was 40 bucks for a refurb & I use AT&T prepaid, cause I'm a poorfag.
If you can deal with the shortcomings, it's not too bad. First, there seems to be no way to root last time I checked. So it's stuck on Gingerbread and only has half a gig of RAM and kinda shit resolution . But if you can deal with that, it's a decent 800Mhz dualcore with microSD slot, HSPDA 3G, wifi, and all the standard smartphone shit. For a poorfag like me it's not too terrible, and as mentioned I really like having a physical keyboard. In my experience, they tend to lag a lot less, for one thing.
I pay 40 bucks a month for 500 minutes, unlimited texts, and a paltry half gig data plan. But I use Opera mobile, which uses their servers to do compression & reduce data use by almost 90%. I've never run out, and often have half of that 500 megs left at the end of the monthy billing. Of course, I can't use youtube or pandora or anything like that unless I'm on wifi, but I can do that at home and at work, so in my case that half gig of data is actually more than enough. I'm happy with my phone & plan anyway, and isn't that what matters? Pretty sure Tmobile couldn't give me a better deal. AT&T's prepaid really is the best, even if they are admittedly a shitty company overall.
>massive case of baby duck wahhhh wahhhhh muh physical keyboard wahhhh wahhhhh
grow the fuck up hispterfaggots, i can go 80wpm on a touch screen and so can you with a month of use
thank fucking god half of my screen isn't dedicated to a shitty uncustomizable shit useless keyboard
Still using muh trusted G2(Desire Z) with 4.4.2
Motorola Photon Q, you pricks.
It's not a 10/10, but it certainly gets the job done.
yeah the phone is outdated by today's standards but it's still a solid performer
>doesn't feel cheep
>decent rom support (msm8960)
>battery not easily replaceable
>back camera could perform better
>I somehow keep unlocking the device in my pocket unlike any other phone I have owned
>battery not easily replaceable
I hear you there. I didn't feel like dropping 250$ on repairs when my screen shattered, but I learned how to take the phone apart and just bought new parts myself. Was a really fun experience, and saved me a ton of money. I'd probably care more about the camera and whatnot if I actually used it, but I have the phantom unlock problem as well.
>typing faster on the touchscreen
I don't have to look at keyboard while typing on hardware one and never ever make any mistakes.
Still use prototype xpera pro as my daily but phone is really dated now, biggest drawback is 512mb ram.
>Why the fuck are there no phones with physical keyboards anymore?
Because the NSA/Verizon/Sprint/AT&T/T-Mobile/Apple/Motorola/Google are blazing f&$#ing idiots with almost zero desire to innovate & allow a broad range of consumer choices.
$1,022.53 USD for a piece of f$&#ing shit baby computer
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
Shit should cost $50 bucks with NO additional cost per month beyond $30
Class warfare, social inequality mother fuckers EH O_O
And they want you to PAY to get SPIED ON by the NSA & DoD!
What happened to simply STRIVING TO INCREASE individual productivity, convenience, & relatively minor "power"?
The economy is fucked because corporations have gone SO LONG INCREASING PROFITS & PRICES without increasing wages.
The Labor Force Participation Rate is so low because nobody wants to deal with smug, arrogant managers for bottom dollar slave wages that can't give you independence & the capacity to have a hobby or 3.
Drugs. Sex. Technology. Property. Skills. Relief. Friends. Power.
I mean, what else can a human chase?
And what does a smartphone even do for you that makes you give 2 fucks about jumping through so many hoops?
Can help you:
< network more effectively
< develop / sell apps
< be a high-risk taxi driver
< price-check competitors
< record all sundry of things (lecture, crime, emo events)
< MP3 player, song-radar
< constellation view on the fly
< pay bills on the fly
< read anywhere & anything on the fly
< ready data storage / transmission
ferkn smiurt phernz
looks like a E7 redesigned
>nokia e7 master race
What are some up to these days?
3500 mAh or ??
Battery rechargers have great longevity & capacity.
15,000++ mAh if I recall
Yeah an inconvenience
WHOSE FAULT IS IT?
>Because the NSA/Verizon/Sprint/AT&T/T-Mobile/Apple/Motorola/Google are blazing f&$#ing idiots with almost zero desire to innovate & allow a broad range of consumer choices.
GB of internal memory why you need more?
wow well I guess you clearly dont work at Lockheed like I do I must regularly carry 40 jiggabits of sensitive code on my smartphone to my home PC to collab through encrypted cloud IDEs
f%$@ing millennial noobshit
Album art works wonders with a screen like that.
I've been using this phone for years and have zero desire to upgrade to a smart phone
You can get 200 minutes, 500 texts and 500MB every month for free from freedompop. They run on the sprint network and you can probably pick up a compatible used sprint phone off ebay for $40.
Photon Q is the best QWERTY smartphone you can buy, but has no sim slot and is CDMA
Droid 4 is the second best, has a sim slot, slightly weaker, but far easier to use. CM11 / Android 4.4.4 works perfectly fine on them.
I still have and use the Samsung Transform Ultra. Sure it's not great, but I like having the physical keyboard and the fact that it doesn't have GPS always on,
This phone had a keyboard that felt amazing to type on all the time. It's too bad everything else on the phone was severely outdated, including the network.
If I could have a more modern version of one of these, with removable battery, expandable storage, no buttons on front, open source, and at least a 10MP camera with a big lens, I'd be happy.
OG Droid was the best
good form factor, felt sturdy
too bad the successors had shit support and custom ROMs were broken because Motorola had some propietary shit in there that they never could get working properly
Good for SNES games. Sucks that the SD cart slot is located behind the battery.
I'll probably start using a 'passed-down' iPhone 5 later in the year if a new QWERTY doesn't pop up
>good fucking music hardware
>music buttons on the side
>Ngage buttons to play ngage games
>Ngage.. resident evil, brothers in arms
man.. dem games
any of you guys remember Ngage?
fuck i'm sad now gonna buy one from ebay
In Australia that was called the HipTop, the only Sidekick to make it to this country.
It didn't get here until people started importing the older Sidekicks though.
>those system cheat codes to play a game
>system codes to play a game
Maybe because every phone that tried was a piece of shit.
seems retarded to pay that much for a dumbphone when you have phones like the moto g for marginally more
I'd rather just pay $20 for some cheap burn phone that'll work just as fast with the same battery life
the advantage of smartphones is that you can do a lot more than just text and call with them
getting an expensive dumbphone just screams hipster to me
OP here, and I just found the Samsung i927, looks pretty good.
While all the answers you've received are valid to a point, I'm still surprised that there's nothing. Kinda seems to me like the big businesses are "leaving customers on the table", if you know what I mean.
o hai guys
>Superior build quality
>Awesome square screen: Because, you know, some of us have jobs and don't fucking watch movies on a tiny cellphone screen
>mfw it's pretty much as close as we'll get to a Thinkpad phone.
>I can go 80wpm on a touchscreen
As someone who can go 147wpm on my mechanical keyboard, and uses a Galaxy S3 on a daily basis, I highly doubt you can actually type anywhere near that fast on a touchscreen.
But they are already ultra durable due form factor.
They are technically humidity proof due form factor.
Same with crush.
Cum needs zalo or real dishing solutions.
At worst you might want to buy a film to put over the screen to avoid scratching, and cleaning it properly between films.