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Review: Motorola Droid 2

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The Motorola Droid does integrate well with plenty of social networking sites and services. At startup, you can add accounts for Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, as well as a number of photo sharing sites like Picasa and Photobucket. I missed the lack of built-in Flickr support, though there are plenty of options on the App Market. Strangely, some services, like Twitter and Facebook, were listed twice, so I logged onto both listed options and never had any other trouble.

Motorola uses a universal inbox on the Droid 2, which covers everything beyond Gmail, and I do mean everything. Twitter and Facebook messages are grouped in with every other incoming message service besides Gmail for an inbox that gives you a complete look at your communications. Messages even show up in a threaded format, so when you look at recent Facebook e-mails, you can see both sides of the conversation, and you can reply directly from the Messaging app without opening up Facebook itself. It's a solid experience and it looks great.

Motorola has also included some widgets for social networking, and these have some interesting customization features. There's a status update widget that lets you send a message to one or all of your favorite social sites. There's also a widget for incoming messages. While I found the original MotoBLUR widgets to be a bit overwhelming, the newer widgets help you manage your friend flow by letting you choose from which person or group you want to see messages in the social networking widget. So, if you have a thousand Twitter friends, you can limit your widget to just a few of those, and catch up with the rest later.

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Tapping on these social networking or messaging widgets from the homescreen will not open a respective application, but instead opens a window with messages or recent updates from friends shown as flash cards that you can flip through. It isn't the quickest way to catch up on hundreds of messages, but it looks great and works well if you choose to only receive updates from a select few.


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