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Top 9 Best Texting Phones 2014



Since texting phones with a full keyboard are getting rare, this list of the best Texting smart or regular phones may also include smartphones with a display larger than 4.5 inches (because they make it easier to use virtual keyboards such as Swype) 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 basic phone includes a physical frontal or slide-out keyboard, it will also be listed.

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#1. The LG Enact

Description :

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

Description :

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.

Texting-related features:
  • Predictive text system: Yes
  • Display size: 3.1 inches
  • Water resistance: Military 810-G, IP-67
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#3. The BlackBerry Q10

Description :

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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#4. The Nokia Asha 210

Nokia Asha 210 picture.

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Average Rating:
70%

Description :

The Asha 210 boasts a dedicated key for a social networking site of your choosing (or the Nokia Xpress Browser), an exterior with eye-catching colors, and the Slam Bluetooth file-sharing service that does not require a set-up (according to Nokia). There is no word on the processor of the Series 40 QWERTY phone, but its specs list talks of a 2-megapixel camera, a 2.4-inch display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution and 169ppi pixel density, a 32MB RAM, and a 1200mAh battery that can last up to 46 days (or 1104 hours) on standby. It also presumably runs only on 2G.

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#5. The BlackBerry Q5

Description :

With its 720 x 720 display at a dpi of 329, the Q5s 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

Description :

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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#7. The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II.

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Average Rating:
75%

Description :

An enterprise-class Android smartphone, the Galaxy Stratosphere II offers advanced security (Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, data encryption, VPN connectivity, etc), a full slide-out keyboard, and 4G connectivity. It can share large files, such as videos and pictures, with compatible devices through its S Beam feature. It also emits low radiation with a Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) of only 0.37 w/Kg.

Texting-specific specifications:
  • Predictive text input: Swype, T9, XT9
  • Display size: 4.0 inches
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#8. The LG Mach

LG Mach picture.

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Average Rating:
75%

Description :

The LG Mach is an eco-friendly messaging smartphone with the UL Environment Platinum certificate: It has a 35.5% recycled plastic housing and is RoHS compliant. It is only 0.48-inch thick, which makes it relatively thin for a smartphone with a slide-out keyboard. It also boasts a dual-core CPU, 4G data, and a 5-megapixel camera.

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#9. The LG Cosmos 3

Photo of the LG Cosmos 3.

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Average Rating:
60%

Description :

This QWERTY-equipped handset (that also comes with a numeric keypad) has a string of basic features that fit in well with the entry-level crowd: social network capability (with a quick launch to Facebook) a 1.3-megapixel camera (with no video recording capability), a 2-inch low-resolution (320 x 240) TFT screen, and a 900mAh battery capacity. Its name may be inexplicable, but its specs are rather clear: its a simple messaging phone.

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