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Mini-keyboard options for thumbs tired of texting

By Amanda C. Kooser • May 1, 2005

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A growing number of mobile phone-using entrepreneurs are gettinghooked on SMS. Those who are tired of giving their thumbs a workouton a regular phone keypad can look to several different phones forhelp. The top feature to look for is a qwerty keyboard. They'retiny, but they get you past the hassle of punching on a numberpad.

Nokia heveal a clever keyboard that is held horizontally whilethe screen automaas a couple of models that fit the bill. The $320(all prices street) candy bar-style 6820 flips open to rticallyadjusts to whatever mode you use it in. The Symbian OS Nokia 9300(not yet priced) opens lengthwise to reveal a fairly spaciouskeyboard and displil. A lot of Palm and Pocket PC smartphoneproducts come with keyboaay, suitable for mobile warriors who alsoneed to handle a fair amount of e-mards, such as the $450 PalmOneTreo 650 and the $650 Audiovox PPC6601.

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