Pantech Laser shoots its way to the top spot in PhoneDog's "Best Messaging Phones" rankings

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from Dallas, TX
Published: October 26, 2010

It's official. The Sharp FX is no longer the number one messaging phone on AT&T. The Sharp FX had a good reign and is still a great phone, but it simply can't beat the Laser's AMOLED display, super-thin profile, fresh and interesting UI, and downright awesome keyboard. The Laser isn't perfect. It has a resistive touchscreen which, in the eyes of some, is a lesser performer than the Sharp FX's capacitive touchscreen. Not only that, but its camera lacks an autofocus and a flash, something the LG Vu Plus, at number three in our standings, is equipped with. Nevertheless, as a messaging phone, the Laser is an overall winner.

This was a tough decision, but the Laser is worthy of taking the crown. Check out the updated list below, and let us know what you think!

Best AT&T Messaging PhoneView full product info

1. Pantech Laser

Pros

  • Beautiful AMOLED display
  • Super-thin profile. The phone is only .4-inches thick.
  • Fresh and fun UI with great customization features
  • Awesome keyboard. One of the best, simply put
  • Great battery life

    Cons

    • Resistive touchscreen
    • No 3.5 mm headphone jack. Because the phone is so thin, the only port or jack it has is a microUSB port
    • Though it does have a 3 MP camera, it is not equipped with an autofocus or a flash

      Summary

      The Laser is the thinnest full-sliding QWERTY keyboard phone ever offered on AT&T. Yes, you will have to make a few sacrifices in order to have such a thin phone, but it looks awesome and has a UI that offers a lot of fun features and very useful features for reaching the things that matter most to you. Not only that, but no other messaging phone on AT&T has a display that can compare to the Laser's 3.1-inch AMOLED display.

      Second best AT&T Message PhoneView full product info

      2. Sharp FX

      Pros

          •    Capacitive touchscreen display is rare for a messaging phone
          •    Speaking of the screen, the Sharp FX has a WQVGA display that shows colors crisp and vibrantly. In a word, it looks beautiful.
          •    3.5 mm headphone jack
          •    Memory is expandable up to 32 GB

      Cons

          •    Though it ships with a 1240 mAh battery, you'll only get about 1.5-2 days of normal use
          •    For the price, we would expect something better than a 2 MP camera with no flash
          •    Though the phone looks very sleek, the sliding mechanism on the keyboard is a bit loose

      Summary

      The Sharp FX is one of those phones that just looks cool. The design of the phone and the buttons give it a sleek, smartphone-esque feel to it. Not only that, it has a great QWERTY keyboard and plenty of additional features for social networking. Top it off with the beautiful display and we have a solid device.

        Third best AT&T Message PhoneView full product info

        3. LG Vu Plus

        Pros

            •    The Vu Plus also has a capacitive touchscreen, which is, again, nice to see on a messaging phone
            •    Wonderful 3 MP camera with a flash that takes great photos
            •    Great build quality and stylish design

        Cons

            •    An underpowered 950 mAh battery that lasts only about two days on standby
            •    No 3.5 mm headphone jack. Not even 2.5 mm. You'll have to find a set of proprietary headphones.

        Summary

        The Vu Plus has a lot to offer and its QWERTY keyboard is solid and well-designed. The touchscreen lagged a bit when sliding through menus, but with it's great camera and numerous social media features, it's a solid second place winner.

             
             
             

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