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  1. paradive

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    is there an android phone with a regular keypad (not the QWERTY one).
    my problem is, i only have one hand, and my thumb is too fat to text with the touchscreen.
    and the QWERTY keypad is too big...
     

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    Well they're all qwerty, but the are a few newer phones out with a hardware/slide out physical keybord. Do you currently have a cellular carrier? United States?

    Welcome to the Android forums btw.
     
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    thanks.
    yep. t-mobile.
    i'm considering a side kick but am concerned it'll be too big.
    see, i hold the phone with my 1 hand - my left. i used to be right handed. (ironic, huh?) and press the buttons with my thumb.
    as you can imagine (or try it yourself), it's cumbersome. i can NEVER hit the right touch screen buttons and i'm worried the QWERTY keyboard will be too big for my thumb to reach all the keys.
     
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    Yeah i can imagine the difficulty. The one thing that did come to mind was voice commands, but im not sure how well it works to be honest, cuz i rarely use it :-(

    You could also look into Swype (regarding an on screen keybord), cuz i often type out text messages with my thumb using Swype. Im a little unfamilliar with what phones T-Mobile is selling right now, but i will take a look.

    One thing I would 100% recomend is go into a store and try the phone out before you buy it.
     
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    Keyboard on the sidekick actually doesnt look that big (compared to my phone and others i have seen). I would honestly recomend going to a store and play with a demo and see what it feels like. You can also ask people that own the phone what they keyboard is like in the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G forum (Im having trouble copying the link on my tablet).
     
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    I would look into the Droid pro too, has a blackberry style keyboard.
     
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    yeah,they have a few, but i'm not sure if it would work.
    i see myself accidentally pressing the wrong first key then it would ALL get messed up.
    i live in a hospital and can't get out to check some out at a store first, which is why i'm trying to figure it out here. :(
     
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    oh, good.
    i was hoping there was a sidekick forum here.
    thanks.
     
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    You can switch to the old style keyboard on some Android phones, I know you can on my Desire HD.
     
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    Yep my Orange San Francisco has this, as does my wifes LG Optimus One. My chum at work has the option on his HTC Wildfire S as well.
     
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    Mate, for your sake, don't make your life harder than it currently is.
    Seriously, get a BlackBerry Pearl which has an awesome QWERTY keyboard but the one with two letters on a number, like 1 = QW, 2 = ER, 3 = TY, and so forth. That would be PERFECT for you. Like this: BlackBerry Pearl 8100 pictures, official photos

    The only thing is that the one above is pretty old, but I'm sure you can find another, I know there's one from Nokia.

    Forget android. If you really want Android, then see HTC Chacha: HTC ChaCha - Full phone specifications
     
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    i hear ya man.
    i'd RATHER have a blackberry, but for medical reasons, i have to have an android.
    and as good as it looks, t-mobile doesn't carry the chacha. =/
     
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    I had a Pearl and hated it. The predictive text was horrible.
     
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    Agreed, predictive text sux.
     
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    Google "HTC IME" it has the option to put the keyboard as a normal qwerty, compact qwerty(like the blackberry pearl) OR a phone keypad(think older flip phones)
     
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    The cha cha has a similar form factor to the moto charm...
     

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