Nokia was still making well-designed phones with full keyboards up until fairly recently, with the last holdouts in their Asha line. The X2 was very low-end but a good design (rugged as heck but tragically low onboard memory, slow processor, low-resolution camera, & no WIFI/3G), despite lackluster stats. Usability, ruggedness, & things other than "can it play [latest ad-revenue/money-harvesting game]?" or "does it [make money for] google?" is what's key.
As nice as keyboard slider phones can be, I personally think the best design is the Blackberry-style full-QWERTY bar phone with a d-pad (& a screen which can have the touch-functionality switched on & off (capacitive touchscreens can be *too* sensitive)). NEC *tried* to make an Android phone meeting some of these specs, but I understand it fell far short of expectations. I had high hopes.
The new Blackberries, & the NEC Terrain, both have full QWERTY, but lacked any other meaningful inputs than the touchscreen, like the ever-useful d-pad, which is also lacking in the HTC ChaCha/Status. Nokia made the last good phone design with their E6 (or N950/E7), but that was underpowered & had numerous flaws. So I've (personally) settled on what I consider to be the least worst phone around still, a Nokia E73. I still see people with them out & about in the world, & it works quite well for me, as my primary mobile. I can do most anything on it that I need to: I can use various social media/internet functionalities (whatsapp (which is amazing how a major company designs their software to be accessible on most device platforms, not just iDevices & Android!), facebook, synctxt, okc, goodsearch - an enlightened alternative to google, twitter, etc.) & have access to an excellent email client, Citrix support, FM radio built-in (lucky me, I live near Good radio stations), & an amazing GPS. The camera's decent, too. Sure, it's carrier-locked (T-Mobile) but it has better stats than the E72, has built-in WIFI calling & has better data/radio frequencies. It has an older processor & low ram, but I have a 64gb microSD card & if I offload messages semi-regularly it's great for intense everyday use. I have destroyed many mobiles with what I consider "normal" everyday use, so real durability is important, & lacking as a design consideration in most mobiles.
I also have an N900, & bought a spare for when I can buy the Neo900 upgrade. I think that is still too slow (1ghz processor, 1gb ram (but a good sight better than the old specs (which still work decently well)), & the 3-row QWERTY is a setback, but I can do a lot with it, & it's an amazing device in essentially every other regard (admittedly, it's not my primary mobile). The N900/Maemo was/is too touch-driven, interface-wise, &, at least in theory, a Moto Droid or some other 4+ row QWERTY slider phone (Android seems to be the only option, as I don't think anyone's making non-Bluetooth (seriously, why waste even more battery with that when you can make a battery hutch/slide-out keyboard that plugs into the microUSB port (or Lightning port on iDevices)?) QWERTY keyboards for touchscreen-only mobiles other than Jolla with the "other half" attachment (a QWERTY keyboard "other half" should be a standard/free included addon, not something you have to 3D-print yourself (which is serious hobbyist territory at this point)) but most devices are behind the curve, specs-wise, from the touchscreen-only phones (HTC G1, etc.) MOTO Droids, Samsung (Intercept, Captivate Glide, Galaxy 551, Galaxy Ace), etc. http://ibnlive.in.com/photogal... http://www.androidauthority.co... )) would suit my needs fine, but even with CyanoGenMod I'm still averse to Android devices. I'll probably end up buying a 1.2ghz+ Android QWERTY slider at some point, but I think it's a travesty that there's a virtual wasteland of modern-spec phones in various design formats. Some people just plain hate touchscreen-only phones. No virtual keyboard/SWYPE/etc. is going to make up for that. Also, *very* easily shattered/broken screens, & plastic-toy design do *not* qualify as a "winning strategy".
I think most smartphone reviewers on major sites are idiots, but I'll afford them the benefit of the doubt; they're just Educated Stupid. The same goes for whoever is making design decisions for most phone companies. Until new phones in better formats are produced, I will gladly stick to my E73 & my N900/Neo900 (friends & strangers think it's pretty cool when they see me using it (the kickstand, stylus, & multi-OS features win points) or try it themselves); I refuse to acquiesce, & I'm sure there are a lot of us out there, but we need to be more vocal, or start a company that *will* make such phones. If Nokia made the N950 (developer-only keyboard version (E7 style) of the MeeGo (I sometimes read that as "me ego") N9 (why no microSD???)) available cheaply, or with modern specs...
I remember using my first cellphone (2003), a SonyEricsson T300 in exactly the same manner. I was able to do web browsing, email, & even a tethered data connection via IRDA. I've even used that phone (it still works!) in the past couple of years as a spare. Â
Many of the features of "smartphones" have been old hash for a long time, in much simpler & elegant implementations.
Â amusingly, when I was using the T300 as a spare, it was identified as an iPhone by friends of mine with such devices. Also, T300s don't process omaloc location tracking requests, & display them as sms with 3-digit requestor IDs.
Posted from my Nokia E73.
Certainly you wouldn't want to educate them even stupider, as we all know that our dear planet is in fact a CUBE
As an Omega male, I'm always looking to "fill the meat gap".
Omega male, fairly certain I can identify with that more often than not...are human Omegas similar to Omegas in Canidae (Wolves, specifically)?
I'd say you really ought to worry when this technology is integrated into most CCTV/Surveillance systems, and it gets to the point that it can read lips and determine indivuated digit gestures from reflections on surfaces, perhaps even the surface of human eyes...
There is hardly a thing in the world that some man can not make a little worse and sell a little cheaper.