Top 7 Best Phones for texting 2015 (and 2014)
Phones and smartphones with a physical keyboard are increasingly rare, so this best Texting phone list can also include smartphones with more than 4.5-inch displays (because it makes 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 old-fashioned phone includes a physical frontal or slide-out keyboard, it will also be listed.
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#1. The BlackBerry Classic
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.
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#2. The NEC Terrain
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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#3. The Pantech Vybe
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.
#4. The LG Enact
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.
#5. The LG Optimus F3Q
The LG Optimus F3Q promises speedy typing with its QWERTY keyboard that enables the Write & Share function (allows access to the messaging screen even without launching an app) when slid down. The dual-core 1.2GHz Android smartphone also comes with a 2460mAh battery that has a talk time of 960 minutes or 16 hours, a 4-inch 800 x 480 TFT screen, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GB RAM, and a 1.11GB end-user memory that can be expanded up to 32GB.
#6. The LG Xpression 2
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.
#7. The BlackBerry Q5
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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