Phones, phones, phones!

John Walton
Cell Phone Editor
Published: October 23, 2008

There are a lot of new phones out there; on the shelves or ready to drop. And I've got three in hand.
 
Sprint's latest offerings from Samsung--the Highnote and Rant--are at the top of my review list. It's clear from the name, controls, and large external speaker that the Highnote is all about music. Its design incorporates a unique take on the conventions of slider phones.

The Rant is a messaging monster with a keyboard that's easy to use, despite its smooth, short, and flat keys. It's a bit thick, but the QWERTY might be worth it. It comes with an alternative battery cover, complete with fashionable doodles.

I've got a BlackBerry flip, which is the most inviting BB yet. It's small (for a BB), it's slick, and it's sold by my carrier. I just got a new phone, but if I was in the BlackBerry market, this one would win, for sure. It supports myFaves, AIM, and ICQ. SureType can be strange at first, but I'm adjusting.

There are several other gadgets headed my way, so stay tuned for some in-depth reviews. I'm also getting around to a write-up on my BlueAnt V1. That little guy is my new best friend.

Looks like I've got my work cut out for me.