Smiley and i886 join PhoneDog's "Top Messaging Phones" list

Sydney Myers
Teen Lifestyle Editor from Dallas, TX
Published: June 24, 2011

And you thought featurephones were being obliterated. Nope! Not only are they still around but carriers are actually releasing new ones! That means that we have to update our Top Messaging Phones list.

(Actually, the reason we had to update the T-Mobile list is because T-Mobile discontinued one of their featurephones, thus forcing us to move a phone up from being not in the list at all to now number three. But the new Sprint list is because of a new phone.)

It's nice to know that if you don't want/need a smartphone, the carriers have your back (for now). The updated Sprint list is pretty exciting as it actually has an Android phone on it. 'How is that possible?' you may ask. Well, check out the list and you'll find out. (Actually, it's pretty simple and obvious. Motorola made a featurephone that runs Android. Sorry if that ruined the excitement.)

Our list for T-Mobile's Top Messaging Phones has also been updated so check that out as well and feel free to leave a comment letting us know what you think of our updated lists!

 Best Sprint Messaging PhoneView full product info

1. LG Rumor Touch

Pros

  • Well-designed, spacious physical keyboard
  • Notifications bar for messaging that is somewhat similar to what you would see on an Android device
  • The touchscreen and 3.5 mm headphone jack are features that the previous Rumors lacked
  • Excellent build quality

Cons

  • For a phone of this caliber, you would expect something better than a 2 MP camera with no flash
  • Though the user interface is interesting and fun, it may take some getting used to. (You may want to try it before you buy it to see if you like it or if it's too different for you.)

Summary

The Rumor line of phones have always been solid contenders in the messaging phone market. The Rumor Touch adds a few additional features and has very few downsides. Perfect for the "serious texter."

Second Sprint Messaging PhoneView full product info

2. Sanyo Innuendo

Pros

  • Sprint's One-Click Interface is very useful and easy to work with
  • Sleek and stylish design makes it fun to use
  • 3.2 megapixel camera

    Cons

    • 2.5 mm headphone jack is kind of a bummer

    Summary

    The Innuendo is a device that caught us by surprise. Because of its unique design, we weren't sure if it would be awkward and boring to use or fun to use. It turns out that the device is super fun to use. It's packed with features and the excellent keyboard makes it a solid messaging phone.

    Third Sprint Messaging PhoneView full product info

    3. Motorola i886

    Pros

    • For all intents and purposes, it runs Android
    • Great physical keyboard
    • Rugged, durable phone with a good-looking design. It meats military standards for dust, shock, vibration, and more.
    • Supports Nextel's push-to-talk feature
    • Ships with Opera Mini for web browsing

    Cons

    • Poor camera quality
    • It runs Android but it doesn't have Google services (Maps, Gmail, Google Search etc.)
    • Buggy at times
    • It's an iDEN phone

    Summary

    This featurephone may run Android, but it's still a cheap featurephone with all of the flaws that come with most of them. The QWERTY keyboard is pretty easy to type on and Android does make for an interesting experience, even if it doesn't have a touchscreen. Still, there are a few bugs and you'll be limited in data services since it's an iDEN device.