You don't have to give up all the advanced features of a smartphone to get a device with the convenient flip phone design. Take the BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8230, for example. The Pearl Flip packs the best features of a BlackBerry phone -- including its excellent e-mail handling -- into a small, sleek handset that flips open and closed.
The Pearl Flip 8320 uses BlackBerry's SureType keyboard, which uses a modified QWERTY layout, with two letters on most keys, instead of one. It's not as easy to use as a traditional QWERTY keyboard, but it's much easier to use for composing messages than a traditional numeric keypad.
The Pearl Flip 8320 features a 2-megapixel camera and access to BlackBerry App World for downloading software to your phone. It's available from Verizon Wireless.