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Review: LG myTouch Q for T-Mobile

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The LG myTouch Q doesn't stray from the stock Android set of messaging and communications tools.

The standard email and Gmail clients are on board to help manage emails. Both apps work well and don't need more than an email address and password to set up. The one thing I noticed is that it is difficult to get the myTouch Q to display HTML emails. Typically, HTML emails arrive with a little notification that says "show pictures." Tap it and the HTML loads. It works the same way with the myTouch Q, but the processor really doesn't like to do it. I had several HTML emails crash the Gmail application, which I can't ever remember happening on an Android device before.

The stock SMS/MMS is at your disposal for deposing dispositions, if you wish, and includes some pre-fabbed text snippets, such as "In a meeting, call you later." You can also insert image, video, and audio files at will, which appear in line with other messages in the threaded conversation.

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Astute users may notice a little "emergency light" icon in their app drawer with a messaging icon and the name "CMAS" under it. This is an application that will be used to receive Amber Alerts and other similar, emergency notifications from T-Mobile or other authorities should they become necessary. We didn't receive any while testing the myTouch Q, so we can't say with certainly how the app behaves.

Google Talk is the only instant messaging client on board. You can snag others from the Android Market, if you wish.

The myTouch Q also comes with the native Twitter and Facebook applications, as well as Twitter for LG and Facebook for LG. These latter versions are slightly customized variants, although I couldn't find anything in them to make them worth recommending over the native ones offered by Facebook and Twitter. Last, there's a generic app called Social+, which is a catch-all status update catcher. It lets you scan the status updates your Facebook friends and Twitter friends post, and can be used to send status updates to both social network services. You can also choose to import RSS-based content into this app.

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