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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 T-Mobile messaging phones!

Best T-Mobile Messaging PhoneView full product info

1. Samsung Gravity T

Pros
  • Interesting physical keyboard design that makes for easy and comfortable typing
  • First (and only) device in the Gravity series to have a touchscreen
  • Despite the lackluster 2 MP camera quality, the phone records video and has some fun photo-editing features that make up for it
Cons
  • The resistive touchscreen and phone speeds as a whole were a bit laggy
  • The web browser was a bit slow when loading a page
  • 2 MP camera with no flash
Summary

The Gravity T may not excel in the web browsing department or in speed performance, as a messaging phone, it's one of the best.
Second T-Mobile Message PhonView full product info

2. Samsung Gravity 3

Pros

  • Same great keyboard that the Gravity T is equipped with
  • Good choice for those who don't like touchscreens
  • Overall build quality is firm and sturdy

Cons

  • Unimpressive 2 MP camera with no flash
  • User Interface was somewhat boring and felt uninspired
  • Though the lack of a touchscreen could be a pro for some, others may see it as a letdown

Summary

With the Gravity 3, you get all of the benefits of the Gravity T, without having to worry about the potential problems of a touchscreen device, something many people will appreciate.

Third T-Mobile Messaging PhoneView full product info

3. Samsung :)

Pros

  • Great physical keyboard
  • Messaging interface makes it easy to add pictures, video, or sound to messages
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Poor camera quality
  • Very cheap design and build-quality
  • No 3.5mm headphone port (Designated headphone port is microUSB)
  • Very few customization options
  • Simple and very poorly designed UI

Summary

We're going to be honest with you. The only reason the :) is in this list is because we needed a third phone. T-Mobile actually only has three messaging phones available. If you need a phone with the bare minimum of specs and performance but you don't want just a cheap flip phone, the :) will be fine. Still, it's a last resort. Check out the first two phones in this list before you settle on this one.

 



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