Messaging Phones

Dexterity is the name of the game -- and your fingers do most of the talking. That's not to say you're not social, just that sometimes it's just easier to say it with a message or e-mail.

With a fairly active lifestyle, you're not always in the right environment to talk. Whether it's too loud in the club, too quiet in the business meeting, or more convenient to send a quick text, messaging gives you a fast way to leave short notes to friends and family.

To you, function matters more than form. And you prefer a keyboard to make life easier on the thumbs. With all the messages you go through, you're always on the lookout to speed up your typing. But that's not all you care about. A large screen eases the task and multimedia and a camera are in the back of your mind.

You know a picture is worth a thousand words and you've found all the shortcuts to say it with speed and efficiency.

BlackBerry Q5: A Keyboard for the Masses

Rating: 3 Out of 5
It's an affordable mid-range QWERTY, but you'll sacrifice on entertainment.
Cam Lincoln in Phone Booth

BlackBerry Q10: Welcome Back, QWERTY

Rating: 4 Out of 5
New software meets the old keyboard you missed.
Cam Lincoln in Phone Booth

Samsung Intensity 3: For No-Frills Calls and Texts

Rating: 2 Out of 5
A decent basic phone, but consider low-end Android devices too.
Cam Lincoln in Phone Booth

Apple IPhone 4: The Best Gets Better... Kind of

Rating: 4 Out of 5
Antenna problems mar a nearly-perfect device.
Allen Tsai in Phone Booth