The Good The Samsung Rant has a full QWERTY keyboard, a megapixel camera, EV-DO, stereo Bluetooth, music player, GPS, and access to Sprint's 3G services. It also has the easy-to-use One Click interface from Sprint.
The Bad The Samsung Rant suffers from awkward navigation keys, and we would've liked some dedicated music-player controls.
The Bottom Line Despite a few niggling design issues, the Samsung Rant is an excellent messaging phone for Sprint messaging fans.
According to a recent survey, text usage in the U.S. has risen almost 160 percent in a single year. It's no surprise, then, that cell phone companies are jumping on the texting bandwagon big time by introducing more cell phones with QWERTY keyboards. The LG Rumor from Sprint was one such device last year, and this year, it looks as if the Samsung Rant will take its place in Sprint's lineup. The Rant has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard similar to the Rumor, but it has many more multimedia and high-speed features. It is available right now for $49.99, with a mail-in rebate and a new, two-year service agreement with Sprint.
If you think the Samsung Rant looks familiar, you're not alone. Indeed, we can't help but notice that it has almost the same shape and form factor as the LG Rumor. There are differences, however: the Rant slides to the right to reveal the keyboard, while the Rumor slides to the left; the navigation toggle is square, instead of circular; the controls and keypad buttons have a slightly different design; and the keyboard itself is much bigger.
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