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Review: Motorola's Droid X

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Thanks to the way Android has been engineered, support for Facebook is part of Android's blood. Users' Facebook accounts merge seamlessly with Gmail or Exchange contacts, and the way Motoblur treats them in the contact app is simply elegant and the way things should work.

There are multiple avenues into the social networking scene with the Droid X. First, there are the stand-alone and dedicated Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter apps. Motorola has also created its own widgets for these applications. They are best used for posting status updates to multiple accounts at once. Motorola's home-baked software isn't as good as the dedicated apps at allowing users to interact with their friends. For instance, you can't respond to Twitter DMs from the home screen widget. You have to jump into the unified inbox to do that. And if you're going to go that far, you may as well open up the regular application.

Of course all these applications alert users unobtrusively via the Android notification system. As your Facebook and Twitter streams are updated, notifications appear at the top of the screen. Pull down the notification shade to see what messages have been flung your way.

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The Android platform is one of the best for social networking, and the Droid X leaves nothing out.

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