by Rene Ritchie, Daniel Rubino, Kevin Michaluk, Phil Nickinson
It’s kind of obvious for me to say this, but the best phone for mobile communicators is… a BlackBerry! Specifically the BlackBerry Q10 with its physical keyboard, because what’s better than a physical keyboard?
Okay, there’s no best phone. There are phones that are better for specific use cases, tastes, and budgets. That’s why we have different phones to choose from. Even Apple, with their notoriously narrow iPhone product line, has offered older iPhones at a lower price point, and top-of-line iPhones with storage capacities bumping up to 64GB. There are options from BlackBerry for those who want a big screen, those who want a keyboard, and those who just don’t want to pay as much.
We’re all mobile communicators. If you’re using your smartphone, you’re almost assured to be using it for communication of some sort. There are three things that make a smartphone a great mobile communicator: great text input, great notifications, and compatibility with whatever communications services your friends, family, and colleagues use.
Truth be told, services compatibility is the most important aspect of what makes a smartphone a great communication tool. If you can't talk to your friends, it doesn't matter how good the text entry and notifications are. If all of your friends talk via iMessage, you should be considering an iPhone; if they're all on BBM, a BlackBerry will be your best bet (even with BBM going cross-platform). Google Hangouts users in your circles? Grab an Android smartphone. And if your contacts are all on Skype, take a look at going Windows Phone.
If you can't talk to your friends, it doesn't matter how good the text entry and notifications are.
Once you've got that sorted out, your options narrow a bit. Every platform but Windows Phone has gotten to a point where notifications are good (BlackBerry 10.2 has actionable toast notifications and will be rolling out to the full line-up). Android and iOS obviously have the greatest array of messaging choices if you're planning on going with a third-party messaging platform. And if you're going to be sending messages via something like Facebook or just plain text messages, any phone will do - just pick the one with the notifications and keyboard that you like.
The best phone for messaging is the phone that works.