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Review: HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless

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Menus Calls/Contacts Messaging  

Sense and Android together offer a wide range of messaging options on the Rezound, 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 POP, IMAP, 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.

The Rezound skips the native SMS app in favor of HTC's version. The main difference is that the HTC app is skinned to look like the software on the rest of the phone. It also offers a dynamic 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 Android phones. Stunningly, the Rezound includes support for not only AIM, but Yahoo Messenger in the "accounts" tool. This means you can add these alternate IM services directly to your device without the need for third-party software. They are then accessed through an app in the main menu. When logged in, you will see notifications for new messages, etc.

There are a number of ways to connect to social networks with the Rezound. 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. Facebook is preloaded; Twitter isn't.

 

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