Dexterity is the name of the game -- and your fingers do most of the talking. That's not to say you're not social, just that sometimes it's just easier to say it with a message or e-mail.
With a fairly active lifestyle, you're not always in the right environment to talk. Whether it's too loud in the club, too quiet in the business meeting, or more convenient to send a quick text, messaging gives you a fast way to leave short notes to friends and family.
To you, function matters more than form. And you prefer a keyboard to make life easier on the thumbs. With all the messages you go through, you're always on the lookout to speed up your typing. But that's not all you care about. A large screen eases the task and multimedia and a camera are in the back of your mind.
You know a picture is worth a thousand words and you've found all the shortcuts to say it with speed and efficiency.
The slide-out keyboard on the Captivate Glide sets it apart from competitors. The design looks like a bunch of Samsung phones cobbled together -- a Franken-phone, if you will -- producing a thick brick of a device. That sounds bad -- and it is chunky -- but it's also very practical with a lot of attractive features, from a beautiful screen to a whiplash-inducing processor.
What do you want out of a smartphone? Same thing you had in the past, wrapped up in a new box? Or do you demand innovation, new features -- phones that give you something you've never had -- that you never even knew you wanted?
BlackBerry. The very name inspires intense emotion for almost everyone who owns a smartphone. For its fans, "BlackBerry" brings to mind words like functional, dependable, workhorse, indispensable. For its detractors, the words are more like ugly, old, out-of-date and passe.
Sharp tries to do many things with its new FX, the successor to the Sidekick line, carried by AT&T. It's a touch screen phone, a texting phone with a slide-out keyboard and a 3G world phone with high-speed voice and data service.
The latest in the Samsung Galaxy family of phones, Sprint's Epic 4G runs on the Google Android 2.1 platform and features a 4-inch "Super AMOLED" touch screen display. The lightweight handset is powered by a 1-gigahertz processor and supports blazing-fast WiMax 4G connectivity for data downloads.
The Kin Two, like the One, is all about social networking. A constant stream of Twitter, Facebook and MySpace updates piles onto the phone's main stream throughout the day. But with updates organized and sized in a readable way, the stream never gets too cluttered. It also eschews being so simple a person can't find or will miss an update if checked semi-regularly. The phone makes it just as easy to send updates as it is to receive them.
If you've seen the commercials, you know the Kin line of phones is all about social networking. The Kin One, along with the Two, lets you to view Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking accounts in one screen, with updates from you and your friends visible in a list format. There's also a screen for favorites and a screen that holds all the traditional information on a phone, such as messages, pictures, contacts, music, email and Internet.
The Motorola Devour from Verizon focuses on integration, featuring new "MotoBlur" software that combines information about a contact in one entry -- from social networking sites like Facebook, emails, text messages or calendar systems. Its main screen has five panels that a person can flip through to check on and type in social networking updates and other messages instantly. You can also take photos and then share them on MySpace, Photobucket, Facebook or Picasa. Or you can check email accounts, text messages and social networking messages separately or in one universal inbox.
The Pixi Plus packs speedy Internet and a unique messaging system into a compact shell. It operates on Palm's WebOS platform, so it stays connected to the Internet at all times, offering real-time alerts whenever a text, email, instant message or social update arrives. The platform also groups messages by person instead of message type, making conversations fluid regardless of the messaging source.
Released for Verizon, the Palm Pre Plus is the newest generation of the Pre, which dazzled many when it appeared last year. Like its predecessor, the Plus runs on WebOS, allowing you to flip through operations without closing anything, and sort messages and social networks by contact.
After months of hype, the Motorola Droid for Verizon has arrived, just in time for the Christmas shopping season. The Droid isn't quite the iPhone killer that Verizon's advertising suggests, but the handset raises the bar for app phones both in design and functionality. The sleek, touch screen handset runs on Google's Android 2.0 operating system and features a slide-out keyboard, removable battery and preinstalled 16-gigabyte microSD card. The Wi-Fi-enabled phone also comes with Google Mobile apps, including a GPS-enabled Maps app that offers voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions.