In January and February 2011, About.com readers nominated the cell phones that they thought were the best available today. Below, you'll see pictures of the five finalists. Now it's time to vote for the winner. Voting will be open from February 11 to March 8, 2011. Examine each of the five phones that made the list, and then vote for the one that you think is the best available today.
Nominees are listed in alphabetical order.
LG Rumor Touch
The LG Rumor Touch is an update to LG's popular Rumor feature phone. It retains the sliding QWERTY keyboard found on the original phone, but adds a 3-inch WQVGA-resolution touch screen. It also adds support for Sprint's EvDO 3G network, and gets a 2 megapixel camera. The Rumor Touch supports Sprint's TV and Music services, plus Sprint Navigation.
Heavy texters and social networking addicts will appreciate the features found in the Pantech Jest. This affordable phone features a full QWERTY keyboard that slides out from below the 2.6-inch display. It also offers a 2-megapixel camera, a music player, and built-in social networking apps. The Pantech Jest is available from Verizon Wireless.
Samsung Epic 4G
Samsung introduced a handful of Galaxy S smartphones last year, and all of them are impressive. The problem is, however, that most of them are so similar that they can be hard to distinguish. But not the Samsung Epic 4G. This powerful Android-based phone packs in two features that none of its siblings offers: support for high-speed 4G networks and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. That keyboard is a must if you're a heavy texter.
Read my full review of the Samsung Epic 4G.
Samsung Gravity T
You don't have to give up a touch screen to get the comfort of a full QWERTY keyboard: Samsung's Gravity T offers both. This messaging phone pairs a 2.8-inch touch screen with a slide-out keyboard for easy typing. It also offers 3G support, a 2-megapixel camera, and a full complement of messaging features. The Gravity T is available from T-Mobile.
Samsung's Intensity II takes messaging seriously. It features a full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easy typing, and a dedicated messaging key to speed up the process. And like Samsung's Eternity II, the Intensity II is designed to offer easy access to your favorite social networks.
Which phone should earn the 2011 Readers' Choice Award?
Voting has now closed. Winners will be announced on March 15. Check back to see if your favorite phone emerged victorious.