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Top 10 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.

* To compare some of these phones, just select the compare box under the picture and click compare at the bottom of the list.

#1. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

Description :

Sony manages to fit several of its high-end features - a 20.7-megapixel camera with the Exmor RS image sensor that is designed to produce sharp images even in low-light conditions, an HD display with the Triluminos and X-Reality technologies that promise to deliver crisp pictures, and a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor - into a 4.3-inch waterproof and dust-resistant Android smartphone. A 2300mAh battery (with the Stamina mode that works on prolonging its life), a 2-megapixel secondary camera, a 2GB RAM, and a 12GB user-available memory complete the package.

Texting-related specs:
  • Predictive text system: Yes
  • Display size: 4.3 inches
  • Water resistance: IP55 and IP58 (waterproof and dust-resistant)
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#2. The Nokia Lumia 1520

Description :

Nokia´s Windows Phone 8 phablet offering seems to have a lot going for it: a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20-megapixel camera (with PureView technology and Carl Zeiss lenses), a 6-inch super-sensitive ClearBlack LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a 3400mAh battery with a reported standby time of 768 hours or 32 days. It also touts its four digital microphones that support directional stereo recording. Finally, it comes with 32GB of storage memory, 2GB RAM, and the Storyteller app that (along with the HERE maps) arranges photos into stories.

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#3. The Sony Xperia Z1S

Description :

The Xperia Z1S is a waterproof and dust-resistant phablet that Sony showers with some interesting features, namely: A 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera with the Sony G Lens and the Bionz engine (which all try to deliver pictures that are crisp and bright in any light), and a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos screen with the X-Reality picture engine and 441 pixels per inch (that work on a sharp and clear display). The quad-core 2.2GHz phablet also boasts a 3000mAh battery, a 2GB RAM, a 32GB memory, and a 2-megapixel secondary camera.

Texting-specific specifications:
  • Predictive text input: Yes
  • Display size: 5 inches
  • Water resistance: IPX5 and IPX8 (Waterproof), IP5X (Dust-resistant)
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#4. The Sony Xperia Z2

Description :

Sony declares that the Xperia Z2 can record 4K (ultra-high-definition) videos, take 20.7-megapixel photos (even under low light, thanks to its Exmor RS sensor), reduce up to 98 percent of ambient sounds with its digital noise-cancellation system, and reproduce vivid colors on its 5.2-inch Full HD display using Triluminos, Live Colour LED, and X-Reality technologies. The quad-core 2.3GHz Android 4.4 phablet is even impervious to water and dust, like the other flagships before it, and it comes with a 3GB RAM, a 12GB storage memory, a 3000mAh battery, and a 2.2-megapixel secondary camera.

Texting-specific features:
  • Display size: 5.2 inches
  • Water resistance: IPX5 and IPX8 (waterproof), IP5X (Dust protected)
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#5. The Motorola Moto G

Description :

For little money, the Motorola Moto G offers reasonably attractive specs: the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad core, 1.2GHz), the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (may be upgraded to Kitkat 4.4 in 2014), and a 4.5-inch high-resolution display (720p HD with a fineness of 329 ppi). There is also the camera that has 5 megapixels and records high-definition videos (720p HD at 30 fps), 1GB RAM, and a 2070mAh battery. However, the Moto G is not 4G-enabled, and its 8GB memory cannot be expanded (but there is a 16GB version, and a promise of free 50GB storage on Google Drive for two years). Is Google going the Apple way with fixed memory setups?

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#6. The HTC Desire 700

Description :

The HTC Desire 700 probably longs for a good spot in the mid-range category, with its quad-core 1.2GHz processor, Android OS with HTC Sense, 5-inch 960 x 540 display, and 8-megapixel camera. It is even packed with some of HTC´s flagship features such as the BlinkFeed personalized homescreen, the BoomSound technology with dual front speakers and built-in amplifiers, and the Zoe photo function that can (among other things) transform up to 20 photos into a 3-second video. The dual-SIM smartphone also comes with a 1GB RAM, a 4.6GB user-available memory, and a 2100mAh battery - but LTE support does not seem to be available.

Texting-specific features:
  • Predictive text input: Yes
  • Display size: 5 inches
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#7. The Alcatel OneTouch Hero

Description :

The Hero flies in with a number of promising features, namely, the MagicFlip LED cover that shows updates and notifications, a capacitive stylus, and three optional accessories (the E-Ink alternative to the LCD screen, the sidekick Bluetooth phone, and a Pico projector). Its sharp, high-resolution (440ppi, 1920 x 1080) display measures 6 inches diagonally. It is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, sports a 13-megapixel camera that records 1080p videos at 30fps, and has a 3400mAh battery.

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#8. The LG G Flex

Description :

LG´s first curved and bendable smartphone features a rear cover with a self-healing coating, a flexible 6-inch 720p P-OLED display, and a 3500mAh battery that is reportedly the first curved one in the world. It is powered by a quad-core 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, runs on the Android 4.2.2 operating system, sports a 13-megapixel camera that can take UHD (3840 x 2160) videos at 60 frames per second, and has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage memory (but no memory expansion).

Texting-related specs:
  • Predictive text system: Yes
  • Display size: 6 inches
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#9. The Samsung Galaxy S5

Description :

The fifth generation of Samsung's flagship smartphone has a faster Quad-core processor (from 1.9 to 2.5Ghz) and a bigger camera (16 megapixels, compared to 13 for the S4). The camera also promises a faster autofocus and a high dynamic range (HDR). It also bets its future sales on LTE category 4 and an Ultra Power Saving Mode, which switches to black and white and stops unnecessary features. The four available colors are bizarre (charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold) and rather dull, but just like that baby name your in-law chose last year, we may just get used to them.

Texting-specific specifications:
  • Display size: 5.1 inches
  • Water resistance: IP67 (Dust- and water-resistant)
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#10. The Nokia Lumia Icon

Description :

This 5-inch 2.2GHz quad-core Windows Phone 8 phablet is saddled with an iconic name - and some seemingly fancy technology to go with it. It boasts a four-microphone directional recording, a 20-megapixel PureView camera with six Zeiss lenses and two LED flashes, and a ClearBlack AMOLED display with 441 pixels per inch. It also packs a 2GB RAM, a 32GB non-expandable storage memory, a 2420mAh battery with a reported 3G talk time of 16.4 hours (984 minutes), and Qi wireless charging.

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