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Review: Samsung Droid Charge

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Samsung doesn't break any new ground in the messaging department. You'll find a communications feature set on the Charge that mirrors that of most Android handsets.

The SMS application remains robust and user-friendly. Users can address messages without the need to key in any information unless contacting someone for the first time; the contacts app fills in the blanks whenever possible. Messages are threaded in a conversation style, and media (photos, video, audio) fall inline with the text.

The usual two Android email applications are also present. There's the generic email app for POP3/IMAP4 and Exchange, as well as the native Gmail application. I didn't notice any new features that make them stand out.

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On the instant messaging side of the equation, the stock GTalk application is on board for Google chatters. There is also a catch-all application that supports AIM, Windows Live and Yahoo chat. It isn't pretty, but it gets the job done.

Oddly, the Charge does not include Samsung's “Social Hub” for social networking. It does, however, have a home screen widget for accessing generic feeds, such as Twitter, Facebook, and so on. The feed works well, but I found it to be a bit limiting and not nearly as feature-rich as the full-fledged social networking applications themselves.

Speaking of the social networking applications, you're going to have to go to the Android Market and download them yourself; they aren't pre-installed. That's just annoying.


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