I bought this phone for my son because of the huge keyboard. My son texts me when school is out so I know where to meet him. These kids are now experts with mobile devices! I had to limit his capabilities by having VZW turn off the internet.
I've had these in my store for a couple weeks and haven't been very willing to sell them without knowing how they actually act in the real world. knowing that they excell in messaging and reception is great knowledge to have especially where i live
The Octane still has a favorites key. It's the shift key, with the icon of a contact with a star above the word shift. Also, the env3, which is still available, does provide threaded text messaging with the "view by contact" option in the message settings menu.