The Blitz is made for messaging

The Blitz from Verizon Wireless is a phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

The Blitz is a messaging phone without the smartphone functions.
The Blitz is a messaging phone without the smartphone functions Corinne Schulze/CNET Networks

As someone who likes to text more than I like to talk, I am a fan of phones with QWERTY keyboards like the BlackBerry and the Treo. However, not everyone is into smartphones, so there are "dumb phones" out there with QWERTY keyboards too. LG has the enV(2) and the Rumor, both of which have "hidden" QWERTY keyboards underneath a number keypad.

Last week, I had the chance to review the Verizon Wireless Blitz, made by UTStarcom. Aimed mostly at teens, the Blitz takes a different approach from most messaging phones with its square and squat form factor. As a colleague said, it looks like a fat little cell phone. I dubbed it a "BlackBerry for the rest of us," due to the vaguely BlackBerry-esque look the Blitz has when it's slid open.

We have to admit that we liked it--the oddly wide shape is quite conducive to thumb-typing. It even has a pretty decent 1.3-megapixel camera and music player. Probably our one complaint is that it doesn't have EV-DO, and because of that, the Blitz doesn't support V Cast music over-the-air downloads.

Check out our gallery for a closer look at the Blitz and read our review for all the details.

 

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