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There have been several changes in Verizon's line-up lately - the enV Touch was suddenly taken down from the site, then put back up and made available as only "Certified Pre-Owned" along with the enV3 - and now the Samsung Reality is gone from the featurephone list. Who knows what this means as to the future of any rumored device(s) (*ahem* enV Pro *ahem*), but for now, it means that we at PhoneDog need to update our "Best Messaging Phones" list for Verizon. Lucky for us, we had just the phone to take over the number one spot - the LG Octane. At first glance, yes, it looks like an enV4. It pretty much is an enV4, just with a different name. It features the same clamshell design, the same great physical keyboard that we've all grown to love, and the same superb 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and a flash. The only thing that keeps this phone from being perfect is the 2.5mm headphone jack and its lack of a touchscreen.
We've also added the Nokia Twist to the list for the first time. It may not be the best messaging phone ever, but it's a solid device with a fashionable form factor. It's a shame that Verizon stopped selling their three best messaging phones, but we feel confident that the Octane is the just the phone to keep Verizon's messaging phone lineup top-notch.
Check out the updated list below. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments!
1. LG Octane
- Same great design and physical keyboard that was so popular with the enV series
- 3.2 MP camera with autofocus and a flash
- Solid build quality with stylish design
- 2.5mm headphone jack
- The lack of a touchscreen may bother some
The enV line of phones were some of the best in the business. They may appear to be gone, but the Octane retains the same great design, the same amazing keyboard, and the same great camera. Not only that, but it's cheaper!
2. Pantech Jest
- Great keyboard that is easy to use
- A 2 MP camera may not be the greatest, but it's better than the 1.3's that we've been seeing lately
- Fun interface with plenty of customizing options
- The optical trackpad is a nifty feature, but it caused more problems that it solved. While it's fun to have, we would rather just have a basic D-pad.
- 2.5 mm headphone jack
The Jest is a great phone for kids or teens who just need a simple messaging phone. It has all of the features you need and it performs very well. It may be called the Jest, but it's no joke.
3. Nokia Twist
- Stylish, fun "twist" design
- Excellent physical keyboard
- Shortcut keys for instant access to important features
- 3MP camera with flash
- Poor battery life
- Keyboard is great, but it may be too small for some
- "Twist" form factor won't appeal to everyone
- 2.5mm headphone jack
The Nokia Twist is unique, and for that reason, it won't be perfect for everyone. It is a great messaging phone, but doesn't perform very well in other aspects. If you want a phone that stands out and has a great keyboard, the Twist will suit you just fine.