Top 6 Best Texting Phones 2014

Phones and smartphones with a physical keyboard are increasingly rare, so this best Texting phone list may also include smartphones with a display larger than 4.5 inches (because they make it easier to use the on-screen keyboard) and some models with wet-finger tracking or water-resistant smartphones, a definite plus when you have to text with moist or wet hands. However, if any good regular phone includes a physical frontal or slide-out keyboard, it will also be listed.

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#1. The LG Enact

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Along with a beefed-up 2460mAh battery and a rare slide-out QWERTY keyboard (most new smartphones are touch only), the LG Enact offers a Starter Mode interface which is designed to ease in smartphone neophytes (and a Standard Mode for power users). It also comes with the standard mid-range fare: 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, dual core 1.2 GHz processor (with an Adreno graphic processor), 1 GB of RAM, 8GB memory, 5-megapixel camera (with a 1920 x 1080 video recorder), and a 4-inch TFT screen. With these modest features, it should sit comfortably well among the second-tier Android phones.

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#2. The NEC Terrain

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A texting smartphone seemingly designed for heavy duty field work, the NEC Terrain encases an array of mid-level features within a military-grade body and a Corning Gorilla glass frame. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor as well as a 1900mAh Lithium-ion battery, which are both relatively better than what others within this class have to offer. Touchscreen usage (along with a physical qwerty keyboard) allows navigation through its enterprise software (for business), 5-megapixel camera and 4G internet capability as well as other typical mobile features.

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  • Predictive text system: Yes
  • Display size: 3.1 inches
  • Water resistance: Military 810-G, IP-67
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#3. The Sonim XP1520 BOLT SL

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Retaining Sonim´s signature ultra-rugged durability, this affordable phone trades off having basic features for extra strength. Its hard non-porous casing, which prevents tiny particles from entering the body pairs up with a Corning Gorilla glass frame that protects the screen from scratches. On top of that, its MIL-810G certification means that it may withstand extensive humidity, transport and thermal shocks that normal phones do not do so well against.

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  • Display size: 2 inches
  • Water resistance: MIL-810G, IP-68
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#4. The BlackBerry Q10

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The BlackBerry Q10, one of the first two smartphones to run the BlackBerry 10 OS, sports the QWERTY keyboard BlackBerry is famous for. It features a 3.1-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with a rather unique square resolution of 720 x 720. Main specs are generally above-average. For example, its video camera can record at full HD (1080p) resolution and it has a microHDMI out port for large screen playback. Its internal memories are also interesting, with a 2GB RAM and 16GB end-user storage.

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#5. The BlackBerry Q5

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With its 720 x 720 display at a dpi of 329, the Q5´s display makes it to the iPhone class. A dual-core 2.4 Ghz Snapdragon S4 processor and an impressive quoted talk time of 750 minutes complete the picture. Speaking of pictures, this apparently powerful texting phone only sports a 5-megapixel main camera (with 4-element lens), probably an indication of its corporate target clientele where camera phones are not always welcome.

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#6. The Samsung Gravity Q

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The Gravity Q is a classic basic texting phone with a slide-out keyboard. The specs are nothing to call home about, with only a 2-megapixel camera and a 3-inch display with 256k colors. There is also a touch screen, which makes it a slightly more advanced basic phone, in a way.

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