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Review: HTC Droid Incredible 2

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Sense and Android together offer a wide range of messaging options on the Incredible 2, with all the basics covered and then some.

There are several different avenues to get your email. First, there is the generic email program. It offers a nice user interface for sorting through messages and works with pretty much any POP3/IMAP4 or Exchange email account you could throw at it. Then there's the native Gmail client, which continues to be one of the best mobile email experiences available.

There are two SMS apps on the Incredible 2. One is the native Android SMS app, the other is the HTC-made Sense SMS app. The main difference is that the HTC app offers a widget that lets you page through your messages from the home screen.

The native Google Talk IM app is on board and functions exactly as it does on other handsets. There is also a generic mobile IM application that connects to AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo Instant Messenger. It actually works pretty well.

There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the Incredible 2. First, there's HTC's FriendStream. The FriendStream app reaches into your Facebook and Twitter accounts and pulls down status updates in a stream that you can look at quickly. You can also use HTC's Peep application for Twitter, though I prefer the official Twitter application. The native Facebook app is also better than FriendStream for more fully interacting with your account. However, neither the native Facebook app nor Twitter app are preloaded. You have to download them yourself.

 

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