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Review: Samsung Flight II

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The Samsung Flight II makes a good attempt at handling social networking, and it certainly comes with more social features than you'll usually find on a quick messaging device. But the apps and widgets are so flawed that the experience is completely deflated. The Facebook and Twitter widgets sit on the homescreens, and they take up nearly an entire screen, so you won't be able to use multiple widgets. Couldn't I at least have enough space for two widgets at once? The widgets were not even worth the screen real estate they take up. They almost never updated automatically, leaving me wondering if my friends hadn't updated their status in the last day or so. The Facebook widget shows very little of the actual status update text, certainly not enough to even get an idea of what the person is saying. I always had to open the Facebook app to read more. Finally, the Facebook widget was probably the most buggy app on the phone. It would disappear, then when I tried to replace it, it would not work at all. A few times it moved itself to a different screen panel. It forgot my password once, then let me into my account after telling me I had entered my password incorrectly.

The social networking features on the Samsung Flight II are even more confused by the fact that there are three separate apps for keeping tabs on your networks, and that's not including the lousy widgets. There is a dedicated app for Facebook, a Social Net app that keeps track of Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, and also the mobile Web browser, which opens automatically when the other two apps can't handle your request. Of the three choice, I'd stick with Social Net. It's not feature rich, but it will deliver status updates and twitter feeds, and it lets you update your services from one, unified spot. Most importantly, it didn't crash or fail during my testing, which I can't say about the dedicated apps or the Web browser.

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