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Review: Samsung Captivate

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All the Galaxy S phones will include Samsung's new Social Hub software. The Social Hub software works very similar to Motorola's Motoblur, or some of what HTC has done with Sense. In short, it collects all the updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace accounts and streams them to one spot on the phone. The appears as a widget on one of the home screens. It can be set to retrieve messages automatically only as often as once per hour, but there's a manual refresh button on the widget, too.

The widget creates a vertical timeline that you scroll through up and down to see what your friends are up to. It displays profile pictures, so you get a nice visual representation of your timeline, and also lets you access links, TwitPics, and other content embedded in tweets or FB updates.

There is a reply and re-tweet function also built into the widget, so interacting and responding to friends is easy. Users can also update one, some, or all of their social networks at once from the Social Hub app.

It's not perfect — for example, you can't send DM in Twitter — but it is easier to use than some of the other social streaming apps. It also looks fairly nice on the screen, and is easy to manipulate.

If you want to ignore the Social Hub, feel perfectly free to download the official (or third-party) Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace apps from the Android Market and use them separately.

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