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Review: LG Spectrum for Verizon Wireless

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The standard email and Gmail clients are on board to help manage emails. Both apps work well and don't need more than an email address and password to set up. The Spectrum works with Exchange, POP, and IMAP no problem, and supports multiple Gmail accounts.

The stock SMS/MMS is at your disposal for composing missives, if you wish, and includes some text template snippets, such as "Be there soon!" You can also insert image, video, and audio files at will, which appear in line with other messages in the threaded conversation.

Google Talk is the only instant messaging client on board. You can snag others from the Android Market, if you wish.

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The Spectrum does not come with the native Google+, Twitter, and Facebook apps. You have to download them yourself.

Lastly, there are two generic social networking widgets, one called Friends+ and the other called Social+. Friends+ is sort of like the contact widget, but on steroids. Instead of simply providing access to your contacts, it also provides a view into their most recent communications with you. You can scroll through your friends, and see all their texts, calls, emails, and social networking messages, as well as reply via whichever method you prefer.

Social+ is a catch-all status update catcher. It lets you scan the status updates your Facebook friends and Twitter friends post, and can be used to send status updates to both social network services. You can also choose to import RSS-based content into this app.

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