The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro is an Android phone with full Qwerty keyboard. Is this the best option for the business user or text addict? Find out in our full hands-on review.
The very first Android smartphone, the T-Mobile G1, had a full slide-out Qwerty keyboard among its key features. Since then devices with this form factor have become relatively scarce as Android manufacturers have embraced the large-screened slab, and if a keyboard has been needed they have tended to opt for the BlackBerry-style thumbboard instead.
So the Xperia Pro is most welcome. It joins the largely consumer focussed Xperia range, and even though its own styling is quite friendly it brings a touch of business functionality to the Android world.
There are two consequences to the inclusion of a slide-out keyboard. One is that typing does – or at least should – become a lot easier; the other that the phone becomes noticeably thicker.
The Asus Eee Pad Tranformer Prime is a 10.1″ Android tablet, and the first to be powered by nVidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
Asus has officially launched the Transformer Prime, the first tablet to feature the Tegra 3 quad-core processor.
The Android tablet, the follow up to the populat Eee Pad Transformer, is super slim at just 8.3mm, has a 10.1″ screen with ten finger multi-touch, 8MP rear camera and includes the optional snap-on Qwerty keyboard that transforms the device into a fully functioning notebook complete with extended battery life. It will launch with Android 3.2, but an update to Android 4.0 will also be available in due course.
The Transformer Prime will be available from December, priced $499 for the 32GB version and $599 for the 64GB, with the keyboard dock $149. UK prices yet to be confirmed.