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  1. thatdarnpunk's Avatar
    What are you all using? What are the pros and cons to each?
    10-19-2014 10:23 AM
  2. SteveISU's Avatar
    Hangouts. The stock messaging app is ugly as sin.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
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    10-19-2014 10:27 AM
  3. thatdarnpunk's Avatar
    How does hangouts work with Note 4 features such as multi-tasking and dragging images with S Pen?
    10-19-2014 10:33 AM
  4. boufa's Avatar
    Textra (?) is my choice. I have personal reasons for not using Hangouts. But the stock messenger app has 1 really annoying feature that I just can't get past. When you set notifications to repeat every 2 minutes, you must actually exit what you are doing and go into the app and read the message. You can swipe it away from the notification drop down, but it will continue to beep every 2 minutes.

    At least with textra when you click on the notification you get a pop up with an option to reply, while you remain in your app that you are using. If you swipe away from the notification, it will stop reminding you that you got a new message. Seems simple, but on this Multi-tasking power house, the need to exit an app and load messenger, then exit messenger and re-load your app is just too much... especially if the app you are exiting isn't multi window compatible.
    10-19-2014 10:46 AM
  5. Munky#AC's Avatar
    I use the stock messenger app. I have never tried anything else so might pay attention to this thread to see what others are using and try something different.
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    10-19-2014 11:02 AM
  6. Chicago33's Avatar
    Handcent is my choice.. I love themes and customization. This app is the way to go. Stock looks better then the note3 version and hangout need to add themes for me to use it because let's admit it, that green and white is getting old.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-19-2014 11:07 AM
  7. Almeuit's Avatar
    I use ChompSMS... Made by the textra crew.. I've used it ever since I came to Android. It's fast customizable, and has a quick reply... Love it .
    10-19-2014 11:46 AM
  8. MannyZ28's Avatar
    I am using hangouts for now because of its compatibility with my moto 360.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-19-2014 12:18 PM
  9. timmo's Avatar
    Hangouts is laggy as hell for me on the Note 4, especially when using the keyboard. The keyboard constantly freezes and can't keep up with my typing, and many times repeats the same words when this happens. Anyone else also have this problem with Hangouts?
    11-04-2014 04:39 PM
  10. Almeuit's Avatar
    Hangouts is laggy as hell for me on the Note 4, especially when using the keyboard. The keyboard constantly freezes and can't keep up with my typing, and many times repeats the same words when this happens. Anyone else also have this problem with Hangouts?
    I do not. I use SwiftKey as my keyboard.
    bobprobert and Dru419 like this.
    11-04-2014 04:43 PM
  11. LaTuFu's Avatar
    I used Textra on my S4, I'm still using the stock app on my Note 4. Debating whether to load Textra or wait for the Message app to update with Lollipop.
    11-04-2014 04:52 PM
  12. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    Textra butter smooth and has black theme... Enough said and it doesn't show ppl numbers in text conversation just they name and picture

    Posted via the Android Central App
    11-04-2014 10:16 PM
  13. timmo's Avatar
    I do not. I use SwiftKey as my keyboard.
    I'll give SwiftKey a try to see if any better...but i really love samsung's keyboard (which surprised me).
    11-04-2014 10:23 PM
  14. doctordwaynewilliams's Avatar
    I'm using the stock app.

    Scribbled from the mighty pen of my Galaxy Note 4!
    11-04-2014 10:36 PM
  15. KingT33's Avatar
    Hangouts is laggy as hell for me on the Note 4, especially when using the keyboard. The keyboard constantly freezes and can't keep up with my typing, and many times repeats the same words when this happens. Anyone else also have this problem with Hangouts?
    Try disabling the key press vibration. Worked for me.

    Sent from My Note 4
    11-05-2014 02:10 AM
  16. shanghaichica's Avatar
    I use hangouts. It's a lot cleaner. Plus I use the instant messaging facility so it makes sense to just use one app.

    Posted from my nexus 7 2013
    11-05-2014 04:12 AM
  17. GalaxyOnyxWitch's Avatar
    I bounce in between Chomp SMS and default. Default lets you send larger picture files but I don't like not being able to swipe the notification away. I like Chomp for its customization and swiping of messages from notification pull down. However Samsung makes you choose its default each time you want to send some pics or such. I just switch defaults.
    11-05-2014 05:39 AM
  18. timmo's Avatar
    I'll give SwiftKey a try to see if any better...but i really love samsung's keyboard (which surprised me).
    I used Swype and much much better....i don't notice any lag with it. BUT...i don't like it or SwiftKey because the numbers are not always present on top as with the Samsung keyboard. So back to Samsung...along with the lag

    Would be nice if one could choose what keyboard to auto-set for each app.
    11-05-2014 03:17 PM
  19. timmo's Avatar
    Try disabling the key press vibration. Worked for me.

    Sent from My Note 4
    Thanks! Will try that...
    11-05-2014 03:17 PM
  20. raqball's Avatar
    I use the stock app as I find Hangouts to be absolutely horrible!

    You can't adjust the font size either in Hangouts which kind of unbelievable to me..
    11-05-2014 03:22 PM
  21. timmo's Avatar
    Turning off vibration helped a little, but it still repeats words multiple times. Sucks.

    The reason I like hangouts is so that I can message my friends on android, iOS, Mac, PC and Chromebook (yes, I have way too many devices in my life). It seems to be the best option for multiplatform messaging.
    11-05-2014 03:38 PM
  22. TigerDave99's Avatar
    BUT...i don't like it or SwiftKey because the numbers are not always present on top as with the Samsung keyboard.
    In Swiftkey: Settings > Layout > Number row.
    timmo likes this.
    11-05-2014 04:03 PM
  23. Starfleet Captain's Avatar
    Chomp user here.
    I used to swear by Handcent back in my Evo 4G days. Then I switched to GoSMS in the days of the Evo 3D. But both apps became to bloated and laggy. And don't get me started on the hassle around the themes.

    I really liked Textra but it's too plain. chomp, even with its annoying ads in the free version strikes the right Balance.

    Posted via the Android Central App using my Galaxy Note 4 from Sprint
    11-05-2014 04:23 PM
  24. timmo's Avatar
    I'm an ex GoSms user as well. I switched to Handcent after trying out all the different recommendations. I found Handcent to be the closest to GOSMS without the bloat or lag. It's been lag-free for me on the Note 4.
    11-06-2014 04:18 PM
  25. timmo's Avatar
    In Swiftkey: Settings > Layout > Number row.
    Works like a charm... For now, I'm happy with SwiftKey ☺
    11-06-2014 04:19 PM
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