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Review: Samsung Captivate Glide for AT&T

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The Captivate Glide offers no surprising new messaging features. It includes the stock Android messaging tools, which themselves appear to be unaltered.

The SMS application remains simple yet powerful. Messages are threaded in a conversational style, and media (photos, video, audio) fall in-line with the text. The generic email app for POP3/IMAP4 and Exchange is present and accounted for, as is the native Gmail application.

On the instant messaging side of the equation, the stock Google Talk application is on board for Google users, but a catch-all application for other services is missing. If you want to chat via AIM, Yahoo, or Windows Live, you'll need to seek out a third-party solution from the Android Market.

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Samsung's Social Hub can serve to stand in for Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking services if you wish. It lets you manage nearly everything — email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter, even your calendar — from a single portal. It takes a little bit of time to configure, but once you do, it can be your one-stop-shop for managing communications, though it is not as feature-rich as the full apps it hopes to replace.

Thankfully, the full Facebook and Twitter apps are also pre-installed.

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