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 basic phone includes a physical frontal or slide-out keyboard, it will also be listed.
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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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Released alongside the BB Passport is this square-screened (3.5-inches, 720 x 720) model sporting the classic BlackBerry full QWERTY keyboard and navigation panel. The BlackBerry Classic's specs include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB worth of RAM to match. Probably in anticipation of business and multimedia use, its 16GB internal memory can be expanded to up to 128GB with a microSD card. This LTE-ready model also comes with BlackBerry's 2014 feature set, including the BB Hub, BB Assistant, and BBM video calling.
The LG Xpression 2 might have been an attempt to remedy the setbacks of the first model, coming with a 230MHz single-core Qualcomm processor this time around. It also adds a Night Mode to the 2-megapixel camera, presumably for taking better stills during night time. It offers a pretty old version of Bluetooth (v2.1) and does not offer any Wi-Fi connectivity. Its video and music features also manage to level with what is commonly observed on other feature phones. This device also comes with M3/T4 hearing aid ratings, for users with delicate hearing. It contrasts its red predecessor, coming in a two-toned blue-and-white finish.
Kyocera's Contact combines the classic candybar facade (a 2.4-inch screen atop an alphanumeric keypad) with a slide-out QWERTY form factor, probably to target users who still prefer to type text on a physical keyboard. Its low-level specs also include a BMP 1.0.4 operating system, a QSC 6155 chipset, and a 2-megapixel camera. It offers a 512MB internal memory matched by a 256MB RAM. The Contact's battery is rated at 1100mAh, scoring a 6.3-hour talk time and a 261-hour maximum standby time.
One of several products of the partnership between BlackBerry and Porsche, the P9983 Graphite enters the race with the BBM Instant Messaging service, BB Hub, and BB OS 10.3.1. It follows-up the first P9983 with a graphite stainless steel color frame and hand-wrapped leather on its back cover. It also adds a layer of blackened Gorilla Glass and sapphire glass to its keyboard and camera lens, respectively.
Under the Graphite's hood is a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 2GB RAM, and a 64GB memory. Outside, it sports an 8-megapixel sensor accompanied by a 2-megapixel sub-cam. A 2100mAh battery finishes off its specs.
The LG Extravert 2 is less heavy (down 0.15 ounces, to 4.15 oz) than the previous Extravert, but still a texting slider, obviously for the talkative extravert in you... However, it offers a larger main display, which grew to 3.2 inches (from its previous 2.8 inches) and a few more minutes of talk time (365 minutes instead of 350). That said, it still comes with a 2-megapixel camera, a 1000 mAh battery and a memory expansion limit of 32 GB.
Surprisingly, the LG Extravert 2 has a shorter stand by time (from 550 to 380 hours) and higher head and body SAR ratings (from 0.96 to 1.03) (from 0.77 to 1.3).
The Vybe might have been intended as a starter phone, as it features an Easy mode that converts the UI into a simple list of features on a single home screen. It also sports a user-set command button on the side, providing quick access to your favorite app. A physical QWERTY-pad hides under its 3.2-inch touchscreen, making it one of the rare remaining feature phones equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Pre-installed Facebook, Twitter and AT&T services also add to its features, with a low-tech 3-megapixel (CMOS) camera to boot.
This Porsche-inspired square-screened (3.1-inch) BlackBerry model runs the brand's proprietary OS version 10 atop an iconic 35-key QWERTY keypad, and targets a business-inclined clientele with its specs. It offers BMM, which is an encrypted instant messaging client, as well as its Skype-like BBM Video counterpart. The Porsche P9983 also comes with BB Assistant, BB Browser, and BB Link for PC syncing. Other perks include an expandable 64GB internal memory, a Full HD 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2100mAh battery.
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