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Review: Samsung Gravity Smart

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The Gravity Smart is a highly capable messaging device, and offers myriad avenues through which you can fire off missives long and short.

The Gravity Smart ships with a couple of newer T-Mobile message services called Group Text and Cloud Text. Group Text allows people to send messages to large groups of people using a single number. For example, I create a group called "Faves" which includes me and my four best buddies. Me and my homies are looking to arrange some plans. I send out a message to the group. They each receive the message, and when they reply, the message is automatically sent to everyone in the group without the need to "reply all." If you have defined groups with which you frequently need to communicate en masse, such as colleagues, this feature makes sense. One problem: You can't unsubscribe to all the messages, which means if you're not on an unlimited texting plan, you can rack up a million messages (and lots of extra charges) pretty fast.

With Cloud Text, T-Mobile is allowing Gravity Smart owners to send text messages from their laptop, desktop, or tablet computer rather than from their phone. Messages still appear to others as though they came from your number, but it lets you send those notes with a full keyboard at your disposal when, for example, sitting at work. You don't even have to have your phone with you to use Cloud Text.

The rest of the messaging features — Gmail, email, SMS/MMS, GTalk — are old hat for any Android device. The native Facebook and Twitter apps are also preloaded. The Gravity Smart also includes an AIM client, and a third, T-Mobile-branded email application.

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