If you want a QWERTY keyboard on a Windows Phone 7 device this year, it’s going to have to be with the LG Quantum, which we knew previously as the LG C900. It has a similar feel to the LG Panther development device, but it’s been refined with a rounder design, that we think looks a bit toy-ish and low end. The keyboard has four rows of keys with the numbers embedded within the letters. The function and shift keys are strangely places off and to the left of the keys, which would seem to require a lot of finger travel when trying to, say, capitalize a letter. The keys of the keyboard were a bit tough to press, although certainly after using the device for some time, you’d get use to the stiffness.
The sensitivity of the screen was the lowest that we perceived amount the AT&T trio of devices. That said, the 1GHz CPU provided enough power to keep the device feeling snappy from screen to screen. Look for the Quantum on November 8th for $199.