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Review: Samsung Convoy 2

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A smartphone the Convoy 2 ain't. It has a bare-bones collection of messaging tools that don't offer much in the way of substance or pizazz.

The text messaging app is the same as it has been for nearly a decade. It requires far too many steps to use when it comes to addressing new messages. Thankfully, however, it supports threaded messaging. Once you get a few threads going, you can manage your conversations with more efficiency. You can add photos/videos to text messages easily, as well as insert quick-text templates.

Verizon offers a cruddy ermail application to handle Gmail, Yahoo, and other POP3/IMAP accounts. If you subscribe to a data plan costing $9.99 and up, it is free to use. If you don't use one of those data plans, you have to pay $4.99 to use it. Your only other option is to go through the mobile browser, which really isn't an option at all when you consider how crummy the experience is.

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The Convoy 2 includes Verizon's generic instant messaging application, which supports AIM, Windows Live, and Yahoo IM. It's relatively easy to use.

Rudimentary support for Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace is included, but the experience is pretty awful. The phone has the ability to post status updates to all three networks, as well as check messages, look at photos, add comments, but the interface is nothing but ugly text menus. Blah.

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