I've just switched carriers from Sprint to Verizon and noticed they offer the Verizon Messaging application. I'm curious what you Verizon users think of this app? I actually enjoyed the stock texting application from HTC quite a bit, I like the customization allowed such as backgrounds and different colors for outgoing and incoming messages.
I prefer the stock messaging app too. I like to play with the background and bubble colors. Plus I like how easy it is to change the font size. Some really like Google Hangouts as well.
The VZW messaging app is ok. The biggest advantage to me is it allows me to use it on any device. So when I'm on my iPad I can receive text messages. Same when I'm on my laptop. It's also nice for me because I switch phones a lot, and the messages (MMS messages too) are backed up, so I just restore on to a new device and all my conversations are there.