The Messaging screen lists incoming and outgoing text messages in date order.

Touch the New Message option to start a new text message. Then enter the number to send the message to and enter your text into the body of the message. You must use the keyboard to enter this information. However, on the To line, you can begin typing the name of the person you want to send the message to; a list of possible matches appears below the line. As you type more letters in the name, the list of available options narrows. When you see the person you want to send the message to, touch the correct name to add it to the To line.

When you've composed your text message, touch the Send option. The message moves to the center of the screen, and a small red envelope appears beside it until sending is complete. After the message has been sent, a green envelope icon appears briefly to let you know the send was successful. If you see a yellow caution icon, a problem occurred while sending the message. You'll also receive notification in the status bar if the message doesn't send properly.

Incoming message notifications are displayed in the status bar. When you receive a message, pull down the window shade and touch the message notification to go to the messaging window to view and reply to the message.

The window shade is another name for the status bar. It's called a window shade because you can pull it down or push it up, just as you would a window shade.

Text messaging is pretty intuitive on the Android phone—and because it is the Android phone, you have many more options than just sending plain text messages. You can also take advantage of multimedia messages, instant messages, and even email.

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