Did you know that the average person sends over 180 text messages per month? Today, a Facebook status update means more than a postcard and a tweet can replace a thank-you note. It has become vital in recent years to own a cell phone that can communicate the written word just as well as the spoken one. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 cell phones for texting and tweeting after the break.
5. Blackberry Tour 9630
There’s a reason why this phone is considered essential for the modern businessman. The keyboard and interface as a whole allow for a smooth interaction with any form of communication–text, voice, email, whatever. This is especially true for the Tour 9630, as it combines the best screen Blackberry has put into a device (a 480×360 screen that is stunningly bright) along with a very tactile QWERTY keyboard for data entry. Don’t forget, though, that you instantly get cool points if you own a Blackberry and use it in public.
4. LG enV3
LG’s original enV model was a pioneer in the text-messaging world. That model started the trend for teen-oriented phones to have a numeric keypad on the front for making calls, and a full QWERTY keyboard on the inside for sending texts. The newest enV model takes that original clamshell design and compacts it, making a cute, trendy, and very functional featurephone for all ages.
3. Motorola DROID
DROID DOES…text messaging. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard of the Droid is extremely tactile and big enough for even the Jolliest of Green Giants. To top that off, Google’s Android OS presents text messages in an almost serene way. No dialog boxes or timestamps if you don’t want them; just different colored lines contrasting off of a dark greenish-brown backdrop. Unfortunately, the keyboard for the Droid has been matched by another cousin in the Android family…
4. Samsung Moment
Though we were not crazy about certain aspects of the phone, they keyboard saved it from the bargain bin. The keys are very well-spaced out and easy to press, and text-messaging with it is astounding. Coupled with the Android text messaging system mentioned earlier and you have a device that can only be trumped by…
5. T-Mobile Sidekick
Before we had iPhones and Droids and enV’s, we had the Sidekick. It’s flip-up screen was game-changing, and its full QWERTY keyboard let us send text messages like no one’s business. The keyboard was small enough to keep the profile of the phone very diminutive, but the keys were tactile and separate enough to keep our fingers happy. Over the years they’ve added cameras and various other multimedia features, but the real reason to own this phone is to send text messages, and sporadically make an actual phone call. Until the world stops sending text messages, T-Mobile will still sell Sidekicks.