I'm shopping around for a new phone. We're stuck with Sprint for a couple more years, so the options are limited. (I say "stuck," because I know many folks hate Sprint almost as much as other folks hate George Dubya.) Actually, we've never had any real problems with Sprint--even with customer service, which seems to be their nemesis.
Well, the phone I'm really looking at is the Samsung INSTINCT which doesn't release at Sprint until the middle of June. It's supposed to be a decent "rival" to the iPhone. The specs on it look pretty good to my non-techie analysis. You can read about it on the link above.
One of the things I really need is the good old QWERTY keyboard. I'd be a lot more open to texting if I didn't have to do the whole alpha-numerical conversion mumbo-jumbo. Of course, "QWERTY" is an American term, based on our traditional typewriter keyboard arrangement. Lyn and I learned the hard way that keyboards around the world are all different. (When we were in France the first time, our e-mailing on French keyboards was unbelievably frustrating and very entertaining.) So, I thought I'd show you some of the keyboards you'll find if you travel abroad without your laptop!