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Review: LG Vortex

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I'm not sure why LG bundled its own inferior versions of Facebook and Twitter with the LG Vortex. These apps were not included on other Optimus-family phones, and with good reason. The apps are basically the last generation of the official apps. They look and feel identical to last year's model. Except that they are not quite as responsive, they take longer to load just about every photo and update, and they lack the more intelligent contact sync you'll find in the real thing. The official apps are still available as free downloads from the App Market, but the phone doesn't handle having duplicate apps perfectly. Once I installed the official Facebook app, I got errors from the LG versions, telling me I could only use one Facebook account at a time. This just caused more frustrating delays, but no real errors or other problems. Still, it seems very odd that LG would slap its name on an inferior product and try to preclude users from having a seamless social networking experience. It's made worse that you can't delete these apps from the phone.

Otherwise, social networking worked just fine on this phone. LG includes a useful My Status widget that lets you post a status update to Twitter, Facebook or both at once. It's quick and easy, with no frills attached. The contact list integrates nicely with social networks, displaying recent status updates next to your contacts' names in the long list.

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