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Top messaging phones of 2009 (photos)

CNET editors show you the top messaging phones of 2009.

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1 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

LG enV Touch

The LG enV Touch's combination of great design and top-notch features makes it one of the top Verizon Wireless phones we've ever seen.
2 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

Samsung Rogue

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

Samsung Alias 2

The Samsung Alias 2 is an inventive update to Samsung's previous messaging phone. Provided you can afford it, and learn how to use it, it's a powerful messaging device with reliable performance.
5 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CBS Interactive

Helio Ocean 2

If you can get over its size, the Helio Ocean 2 is a great feature-rich handheld with enough Web-friendly goodies to please both tech-savvy hipsters and mobile professionals.
6 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

LG Xenon

Despite a few problems, the LG Xenon is one of the better messaging phones we've seen, plus it has a cool touch-screen interface and plenty of features.
7 of 10 Corinne Schulze/CNET

LG enV3

The LG enV3 has an impressive design and feature set that make it one of Verizon's top messaging phones.
8 of 10 Josh P. Miller/CNET

Motorola Karma QA1

The Motorola Karma QA1 belies its cute appearance with high-end features that put it above just an ordinary messaging phone.
9 of 10 Josh P. Miller/CNET

LG Tritan

The LG Tritan is a great multimedia touch-screen phone with a nice full keyboard for messaging. It's available on both U.S. Cellular and Alltel.
10 of 10 James Martin/CBS Interactive

Samsung Comeback

If you don't mind its bulky appearance, the Samsung Comeback is one of the most feature-packed messaging phones T-Mobile has to offer.

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