1. terpitude71's Avatar
    I have no real issues with the default messenger on my moto droid, but i hear a lot of buzz about how handcent sms or chomp sms are so much better. are they really such a leg up and why? btw, i am scared to try them out without hearing a little more about them, as a few of the comments complained of the app deleting their message cache randomly. and help would be appreciated
    12-16-2009 01:11 AM
  2. Adiliyo's Avatar
    i was in the same position as you, i feel the stock messaging app is quite good.

    then i tried handcent and really like it.

    the thing that i like most about it is the popup chat window, makes it so much faster to write quick replies to people. plus you can have different skins and change the led notification and a bunch of other things.

    i haven't tried chomp, but i would recommend trying out handcent, it's free and easy to remove and go back to stock if you desire.
    12-16-2009 01:26 AM
  3. blkman969's Avatar
    I too like the standard message app with my Hero but I can't add a signature to my text so I just added SMSPOPUP. It adds a sig when you do a reply with the popup. Like handcent it also lets you customize the ringtone per contact as well. I used CHOMP & HANDCENT and decided to use SMSPOPUP because I really didn't need all the customization and the amount of space it requires either.
    12-16-2009 06:53 AM
  4. TreyDaPrince's Avatar
    I love handcent for all the customization options. Also, has built in beyond 160 split which is a plus. I think its definitely worth while.
    12-16-2009 08:44 AM
  5. MikeB's Avatar
    +1 for Handcent. Fully featured. Free. Works great.
    12-16-2009 09:11 AM
  6. o2bnclemson's Avatar
    Hancent also has a speech to text option which is very nice if you "need" to text while driving or you are one of those who has a hard time typing on the virtual keyboard. You have to press Menu to access it, but it's pretty nice. You just have to speak in a very staccato fashion and very clearly. For free, it works pretty good!
    12-16-2009 10:02 AM
  7. Adiliyo's Avatar
    Hancent also has a speech to text option which is very nice if you "need" to text while driving or you are one of those who has a hard time typing on the virtual keyboard. You have to press Menu to access it, but it's pretty nice. You just have to speak in a very staccato fashion and very clearly. For free, it works pretty good!
    i didn't know it did that! i'll try it next time
    12-16-2009 12:35 PM
  8. Rusty Shackelford's Avatar
    Add another +1 to Handsent for me. I like the ability to have a custom photo in the background of each person and can also choose different themes and bubble types. A+ app. It's one I would gladly pay for.
    12-16-2009 01:59 PM
  9. o2bnclemson's Avatar
    It's one I would gladly pay for.
    Don't be talking like that now! I like it free!
    12-16-2009 03:35 PM
  10. Rusty Shackelford's Avatar
    Don't be talking like that now! I like it free!
    True. True. Knock on wood right?! But seriously, this app is definitely at the top for me as far a android apps go. Just B.E.A.utiful, with a capital B.
    12-16-2009 03:43 PM
  11. terpitude71's Avatar
    thanks for the responses. i did end up getting handcent, and am enjoying it quite a bit. very convenient being able to have texts pop up on screen rather than have to navigate to them every time. the customize elements are a bonus
    12-16-2009 05:05 PM
  12. largeselection's Avatar
    Hmmm...interesting stuff. Is it more stable than the default messaging app? Every now and again my messaging app will force close every single time I try and open it forcing me to power down. Does handcent add any lag?
    12-16-2009 11:09 PM
  13. l0v3mon3y08's Avatar
    Handcent is my IS ONE OF THE BEST APPS *IMO*
    12-17-2009 01:15 PM
  14. husker723#AC's Avatar
    I am using handcent in part because I have read that it will save battery life if you disable the stock sms. Does anyone know how I would do this? Thank you.
    12-23-2009 12:10 AM
  15. Ripjames's Avatar
    I am using handcent in part because I have read that it will save battery life if you disable the stock sms. Does anyone know how I would do this? Thank you.
    if your on a hero and read that I believe that they have fixed that issue, i've never used the stock app, handcent was the first app I downloaded when I got my hero, well second maybe, may have downloaded pandora first.

    I have a question about handcent though, where do you get other skins or themes.
    12-23-2009 03:25 AM
  16. pmas's Avatar
    +1 handcent
    12-23-2009 07:30 AM
  17. Shinsei's Avatar
    I've been using ChompSMS since shortly after I got my first Android phone and have stuck with it despite trying out Handcent.

    Here's my post in the Top 5 thread: http://forum.androidcentral.com/andr...html#post21514

    Bottom line for me is that Chomp and Handcent offer very similar features, but Handcent is more customizable on the display.
    12-23-2009 07:44 AM
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