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    Default Nexus 5: Best Alternative SMS App

    I am inquiring about the possibility of replacing "Hangouts" in my Nexus 5 with a different SMS app. I have read on several SMS app, but would like inputs from experience users. I would like the SMS app to have the following features:
    1. "Time stamps" for every text messages sent and received
    2. Picture icon of the two conversation parties
    3. Supports picture texts (video and audio too maybe)
    4. Customization of notifications (for each contacts would be awesome!)
    5. Customization of background and "message bubbles" (style and colours)
    6. Able to back-up all your texts and import/export contacts
    7. Must be free (lol)
    8. Good emoticons *updated
    I know, I know, I'm asking a lot here, not sure if such an app exist... nevertheless, thank you in advance for your input
    Last edited by AstroVince67; 01-02-2014 at 06:10 PM.
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    some... time? lol
    And okay I agree, but that barely touches on my question
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    I'm using 8sms and so far i like it but i don't think you can customise the background/bubbles... Something that i was spoiled with on my samsung but other than that i like... think textra ticks all the boxes along with sms pro but i read wat folks had to say about 8sms and i like it plus it has all they emoji icons too which i never had on any previous phone. Hope that helps. Hangouts is not for me and gathered it was more popular in US rather than in the UK

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    I'll wait for more inputs before making a decision lol
    I also had and enjoyed a Samsung before (the little galaxy Q) and its SMS was good too
    Emoticons!! Of course, I forgot to add that to my "wish list"
    I'm in canada...
    Maybe I'll get use (accept) Hangouts before I decide
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    You sound like me...very particular about what you need in an app/phone lol i read up on most of the sms apps available before i got my nexus...didnt want to be forced to use hangouts personally oh and think there one called chompsms which i also heard is good. Hope you find the one that fits cause i wanted a no fuss app that acts like stock and would give me wat i enjoyed from Samsung. Tbh i look at the text app on my pals HTC and it made me glad i chose samsung before i jumped to nexus and is good to know there are choices if it don't fit your needs unlike BB/iPhone (BB was my first introduction to smart phones lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstroVince67 View Post
    some... time? lol
    And okay I agree, but that barely touches on my question
    let me translate it into canadian for you - the thread i posted above lists various alternatives and their pros and cons.
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    LOL wow
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    LOL wow - that's exactly what I thought about the OP's avatar image.
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    Textra has most everything you are looking for...
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    Default Re: Nexus 5: Best Alternative SMS App

    Quote Originally Posted by kd0h View Post
    Textra has most everything you are looking for...
    I came from HTC's/Sense and have been trying Textra for a few days. Textra is close but can be a bit frustrating (like opening the keyboard when I click on a text notification and lose more than half the screen and can't read the message without closing the keyboard.... and no setting to control that)
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    I know eh... my Avatar is F-ing wow
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    Thanks for the Textra suggestion. I may give it a shot. I've been using 8sms for a while now and it fairly does the job. Although I must admit that I use Whatsapp almost all the time!
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    I checked a few alternatives i believe that Textra is the best sms app that is free and with no adds
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    I'm using chompsms used it with my Evo it's the only thing I think I'll ever use

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    Default Re: Nexus 5: Best Alternative SMS App

    Quote Originally Posted by YoramEl View Post
    I checked a few alternatives i believe that Textra is the best sms app that is free and with no adds
    And I just now switched from Textra to 8SMS. They both have some interesting advantages and disadvantages. But the gesture support in 8SMS is really cool, and I love that it doesn't pop up the keyboard in the way when I am trying to read incoming messages like Textra does. I think I will probably stay with 8SMS... it is great having choices!
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    i am using evlove sms seems to have most of the list
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    I use Hello. It is very clean and modern.

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    Textra

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    I sideloaded the stock (i.e. AOSP) text apk. No BS, does the job.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudoware View Post
    I sideloaded the stock (i.e. AOSP) text apk. No BS, does the job.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    I found Textra mirrors that with a few minor extra features you can turn on or off at your whim. I'm regretting not finding Textra earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudoware View Post
    I sideloaded the stock (i.e. AOSP) text apk. No BS, does the job.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    Any chance you could point me in the direction of sideloading that bad boy? 8SMS is pretty good, but man I love me some AOSP SMS action. I hate that they left it out and force Hangouts on us.
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    +1 for Evolve SMS...it looks and feels like a native Google app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildo6882 View Post
    Any chance you could point me in the direction of sideloading that bad boy? 8SMS is pretty good, but man I love me some AOSP SMS action. I hate that they left it out and force Hangouts on us.
    I posted a DB link to the apk in a Hangouts/sms thread either in this forum or the N7 2013 forum. If you can't find it, I'll try to put the link here later today.

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    I've tried them all. Textra is the neatest and cleanest, never lags or crashes, lots of updates. Coolest feature is the favorites drop down. Pull down the shade and open a new text and your most contacted pops up to make selection super easy. Only thing missing is a privacy box for individual contacts. Hopefully coming soon.
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