Review: LG Cosmos Touch
Like I said, there are text messaging shortcuts to send pictures and updates to Facebook and MySpace, as well as a shortcut to send tweets to Twitter, all via SMS. These will do in a hurry, but only for outgoing updates. If you want to read what your friends wrote, you'll have to logon to the Social Beat app, which gives you updates from those three services, plus email from Gmail and chat via Gtalk. The app is very basic, it's really best for simply checking up on updates. You won't be able to upload pics through Social Beat, or check posted links or have long wall conversations. Also, as I mentioned, the notification system for Social Beat is either annoying or inaccurate, I couldn't figure out which. So I simply turned it off. Is it really telling me every time I have a new tweet or Facebook status to read? That must be why it was constantly bothering me.
Social Beat doesn't come with a monthly plan, you have to either pay for a data plan or pay exorbitant per/MB data fees. If you won't be doing too much Web browsing (which is likely on this phone), you could spring for the 150MB plan, which costs $15 per month and gives you Mobile Email for free, and you'd probably be safe. But keep an eye on those MegaBytes, because data gets very expensive when you run over. If you're considering the $30 monthly plan, find a better phone with real social networking apps (and a real browser, better email, etc).