What's the best phone? You keep asking us, so we're going to answer. You've seen our Top 5 lists from time to time, but now we're proud to announce PhoneDog official rankings of the best phones as decided by the editorial team. We're keeping track of our old lists too, so you'll be able to click through the archives to see what phones were added to or dropped off of a list and when.
Check out our top three AT&T messaging phones!
1. HTC Freestyle
- Because of Sense UI, it seems to function like a smartphone.
- Capacitive touchscreen for better performance in scrolling and using the virtual keyboard.
- Aluminum build gives the phone a high-end feel.
- Great customization features
- Decent camera
- Battery life is decent, but could be better
- The camera is acceptable, but it would have been nice to see a flash or autofocus, especially once you consider the price
Simply put, the Freestyle is the closest thing to owning a smartphone without actually owning a smartphone. If you want the same experience, similar performance, and a phone that you can actually show off without having to pay enormous amounts for it and for the monthly data, the Freestyle is the way to go. HTC Sense UI adds so much to the device in terms of options, functionality, and performance, and features like a capacitive touchscreen and 3G data for web browsing make the Freestyle the best non-smartphone option on AT&T.
2. Pantech Laser
- 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
- 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
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.
3. Sharp FX
• 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
• 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
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.