1. takpro's Avatar
    I would like your input on the best sms, mms app to replace Hangouts. After struggling with this app since it's arrival on my Nexus 5, I have decided to switch rather than fight. This weekend I received a MMS (Hangout) from my daughter with a couple of pictures of my granddaughter at Disneyland. I tapped on them, but nothing would happen. It didn't come up in Gallery and if I long pressed it brought up the option to (Forward, Details or Delete) it couldn't be swiped in any direction, it could not be saved, if you tried to forward them it said they were attached, but they were not. I could go on and on about the total disaster this app is. I thought perhaps it was my inexperience (not totally eliminating this possibility), but today I went to the Google support page for Hangouts to ask a couple of questions. It ain't just me. This particular app seems to be what Apple Maps was when it debuted. A tip of the cap to those of you who are making this app work for you. Could someone recommend a messaging app for me that doesn't require everyone I text to have the same app. I want technology to make my life easier. Hangouts isn't it for me.
    12-30-2013 11:37 AM
  2. VDub2174's Avatar
    I'm a fan of ChompSMS.
    anialator, beeray and mrnaughty like this.
    12-30-2013 11:45 AM
  3. frozencloud's Avatar
    u can download pix by tapping on the picture so it will go full screen, then there is the 3 dot menu at the top right hand corner to save pix.
    12-30-2013 11:46 AM
  4. takpro's Avatar
    Yes, I did that. As I described, I couldn't get to that menu. It didn't open in Gallery or Photos. It wouldn't do anything. If I swiped down from the top it just showed the hangouts logo. Thanks for your reply.
    12-30-2013 12:16 PM
  5. just1nsanity's Avatar

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    12-30-2013 01:18 PM
  6. Infinity's Avatar
    8sms for stock based texting, or textra if you want more features.
    12-30-2013 01:37 PM
  7. Sharky19's Avatar
    I have been very happy with Textra so far.
    12-30-2013 01:47 PM
  8. TenderTendon's Avatar
    If you're looking for an uncomplicated messenger, my vote is for 8sms. Rock solid and easy to use.
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    12-30-2013 01:50 PM
  9. kd0h's Avatar
    12-30-2013 02:33 PM
  10. Battleship's Avatar
    12-30-2013 02:36 PM
  11. berklon's Avatar
    Textra for me as well.
    12-30-2013 02:41 PM
  12. takpro's Avatar
    Thank you all. I've downloaded Textra and made note of the others.
    12-30-2013 03:52 PM
  13. takpro's Avatar
    Thanks to all. I've downloaded Textra, hope it's what I'm looking for.
    12-30-2013 04:22 PM
  14. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    I was in the same boat as you. I wanted to like using Hangouts, but just couldn't for whatever reason. Ended up going with 8sms.

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    12-30-2013 08:34 PM
  15. srkmagnus's Avatar
    I've always used Handcent. Though have not installed it on my N5. A lot of people have been using Textra, which try sometime.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    12-30-2013 10:00 PM
  16. pappy53's Avatar
    I like Textra, but I use Chomp SMS because I can schedule messages. They are both by the same devs, so maybe they will add scheduling to Textra.
    01-01-2014 01:03 AM
  17. mexdude02's Avatar
    I like textra. Thanks everyone.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
    01-04-2014 09:41 AM
  18. flick0416's Avatar
    I've been using Textra but have been thinking about switching back to Hangouts. I like the ability to do quick replies with Textra, but I like the interface/UI of Hangouts better.

    Also, other people you text with don't have to have Hangouts anymore. With the update to Hangouts, it's now an SMS app too. Also, I've never had issues with opening pics with the Hangouts app.

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    01-04-2014 10:35 AM
  19. poedroid's Avatar
    Just switched to Textra, thanks! I'll just use G Hangouts for video calls and chat
    03-02-2014 08:40 AM
  20. RSindian's Avatar
    I alternate between Evolve SMS and Sliding Messaging Pro every few months. Beautiful user interfaces and they just work everytime for me
    03-04-2014 08:19 PM
  21. Iggymart's Avatar
    Although, I'm not a huge fan of third party sms/mms apps, I've chosen Textra as my default, based on customizations and ability to have different texting tones for individuals.
    03-17-2014 06:46 AM
  22. greggov's Avatar
    I've been bouncing around between apps, and right now I'm using Hello SMS. Nice clean interface, but pretty simple. I was using Textra, but was having some issues with MMS handling. I actually really like Hangouts as an SMS client, but its handling of MMS is pretty awful.
    03-17-2014 06:56 AM
  23. VDub2174's Avatar
    I've changed my SMS app like 85 times.......lol

    I'm currently using 8sms right now and I'm happy with it
    Iggymart likes this.
    03-17-2014 08:32 AM

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