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Top-10 messaging phones (photos)

Messaging phones retain their popularity, thanks to the legions of text-happy people everywhere. These handsets are phones with full or partial QWERTY keyboards, but are not classified as smartphones. That doesn't mean they're dumb, though--many of them have high-end multimedia features, too. Here's a look at the top-ten best messaging phones that have come our way recently.

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1 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

LG enV Touch

The LG enV Touch flips open to reveal a 3-inch display plus a full QWERTY keyboard. It has impressive features, such as a 3.2-megapixel camera, EV-DO Rev. A, and a full HTML Web browser.
2 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

Samsung Rogue

The Samsung Rogue is a great multimedia touch-screen messaging phone for Verizon Wireless customers.
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3 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Verizon Wireless Razzle

The Verizon Wireless Razzle has a smart and functional swivel design with both QWERTY keyboard and music player controls. We like the ergonomics of the tilted keyboard and the multimedia features.
4 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

Samsung Impression

The Samsung Impression isn't perfect, but it ranks high on our list as a messaging and multimedia phone.
5 of 10 Josh P. Miller/CNET

LG Lotus Elite

The LG Lotus Elite's stylish design, healthy feature set, and excellent performance makes it a great messaging phone choice for Sprint customers.
6 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Sanyo SCP-6760 Incognito

The Sanyo SCP-6760 Incognito has a great messaging keyboard, a useful feature set, and satisfying call and photo quality, but we didn't love the touchpad interface.
7 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Pantech Impact

The Pantech Impact has a unique OLED touch-sensitive keypad, dual displays, and a full QWERTY keyboard. Features include 3G, GPS, a HTML browser, a 2.0-megapixel camera, and a music player.
8 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

Samsung Propel

The Samsung Propel has an impressive high-end feature set, but we were disappointed by its design.

9 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Freeform

The Samsung Freeform looks like a simple messaging phone for Alltel. It does have pretty good features, like GPS, a music player, a camera, e-mail, and more.
10 of 10 Josh Miller/CNET

Samsung Flight

The Samsung Flight offers a unique, likable design and a fair number of features, but some performance gaps keep it from playing in the big leagues.

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