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Samsung Galaxy Pro Revealed With QWERTY Keyboard

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Samsung Galaxy Pro Revealed With QWERTY Keyboard

With RIM’s BlackBerry devices becoming more and more popular here in the UK, it is no surprise that other manufacturers are looking to take advantage of that success.

While they may not be able to replicate BBM or other BlackBerry-specific features, they are trying to replicate one of the most standout features of the phones – a full portrait QWERTY keyboard. Recently Nokia came out with the C3 and even HTC’s two Facebook phones sported the physical keyboards. Now Samsung has thrown the Galaxy Pro into the mix.

The Galaxy Pro has a 2.8in capacitive touchscreen display, runs Android Froyo (overlayed with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI) and is powered by a 800MHz processor of unknown provenance. It comes with a 3 megapixel autofocus camera on the back and Wi-Fi but other than that specifications are a little thin on the ground. However we do know that carrier Three will be offering the Galaxy Pro when it arrives - though pricing or a specific release date are not known yet.

Will this QWERTY keyboard handset be able to tempt some BlackBerry users to convert to Samsung or will the presence of Froyo and an 800MHz processor put them off?

Source: Samsung Hub

askjarv

March 8, 2011, 1:01 am

Am I going crazy, or is this the first Blackberry form-factor android device? I use to really hate this layout (seemed cramp, not that useful) but after using the Nokia E71 a year ago I've actually come to love the format and actually miss it on my HTC Desire- touch screen is great, but I've never managed to get the accuracy or speed of the physical keypad- and it's a life saver when you're trying to type data in whilst reading something (i.e. take notes)- shame it's a low speed CPU and camera spec, as so far I've yet to see a new Android phone which tempts me to update- the original Desire, in my experience, seems to have much better battery life than any of the follow ups to-date, so unless the device offers something new my desire to upgrade is waning.

Gk.pm

March 8, 2011, 3:24 am

While the name is a bit confusing - Samsung already has the Galaxy S Pro which is completely different - it's refreshing to see them copying someone else other than Apple. Could really be interesting for those who, understandably, don't like touchscreen keyboards.

I wonder if it'll be possible to make calls directly from the home screen, not going through the phone app, like on the BB Bold. That would be an excellent feature, especially if it doesn't involve rooting the phone...

Still it'll be a challenge to move BB users over, I don't know one that is willing to move anywhere from it. Guess they don't call it Crackberry for nothing.

GMIC

March 8, 2011, 5:17 am

Same here. No matter what they say, for me nothing beats a physical QWERTY keyboard for sheer typing speed. Not even the best android touchscreen devices or iphone 4 come close. A physical keyboard, Android OS & touch screen =match made in heaven

nonchalant greyhound

March 8, 2011, 2:24 pm

Oh Thank God! I've only been waiting two years for somebody to come up with a Blackberry form factor Android phone...

Goodbye Blackberry Bold, hello Android. Just to echo the comments above, a touchscreen keyboard is not (and never will be) acceptable to anyone who has to regularly key large amounts of information accurately. I looked at the iPhone, the HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy S, but they all have the same issue.

The annoyance of keep hitting the key next to the one you wanted due to the lack of tactile feedback is exacerbated when dealing with numbers. Often when typing words, the auto-correct functionality will allow you to clean up the mess quite quickly, but when it comes to numbers, the software has no idea whether the number you've typed is the one that you meant to type, and after a couple of instances where times or amounts were wrong, we dropped them.

I know that the issue is largely down to insufficient proof-reading on the part of the sender, but a touchscreen phone makes mistakes of this nature far more frequent than when using a physical keyboard, and therefore the process of writing and sending emails much more frustrating and time-consuming. Why would I buy a gadget that makes my life harder?

wiseowl

July 16, 2011, 3:58 pm

Have just got the Galaxy Pro:-
LIKES
- Physical QWERTY keyboard.
- Screen is fine by me but the pundits with experience of the iphone may say different.
- Cheaper than many other smart phones.
- Light weight.
DISLIKES
- Short battery life but perhaps all smart phones are energy hungry.
- Camera has no flash and only 3 megapixels but nearly always carry a 4/3rd Lumix GF1 camera anyway.
SUMMARY
- A high specified replacement for my previous not-very-smart phone. Looks great with a purple gel cover.

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