Text messages allow cellphone users to send each other short messages in a text format, as opposed to vocally. This method of communication is becoming more prevalent among both youngsters and adults. Cellular service providers, such as Verizon, offer phones with different characteristics for text messaging. The phone that will be best for your to use for text messaging will depend upon your personal preferences when it comes to typing text messages.
When it comes to text messaging, different things work for different people. While some individuals prefer working with a full QWERTY keyboard with physical keys when they're text messaging, others dislike the smaller size of such keys and are more comfortable with on-screen buttons. You may switch between the two in different circumstances. Because of this, there's no single best overall phone for all people. Rather, the best phone for your text messaging will depend on how you like to text message.
Some phones, such as many Verizon BlackBerry models, have a full QWERTY keyboard on the front of the phone. These allow you to type text messages with your thumbs, or index finger, with the feel of a physical key to tell you when your finger is squarely on the key or sliding off onto another character. If you're adept at accurately pressing small keys and like the look of a full keyboard on your phone, such a design could be ideal for your text messaging needs.
Some phones have full QWERTY keyboards, but instead of permanently sitting on the front of the phone you either slide the keyboard out of the phone's body or flip the front of the phone up to reveal the keyboard. Phones with such styling as the Samsung Intensity II or the LG Cosmos feature such keyboards. These slide-out phones have the same benefits of a full keyboard on the front of the phone, but the individual keys tend to be larger to accommodate you if you have larger fingers. If you like larger keys and dislike a bulky design in your phone, such a phone could match your text messaging preferences.
One feature of smartphones that run the Android operating system is an option to make your phone vibrate each time you press a key on the screen. This can give you a sense of rhythm in your text typing that mimics the feedback of a computer keyboard and lets you know that you did type a letter you meant to type. If you don't feel the phone move after you press a key, you know that you missed the key. If you enjoy pressing keys on a screen with your finger and like this kind of feedback, this phone could help make text messaging easier.
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