10-26-2014 03:04 AM
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  1. skittlepop's Avatar
    I've been a long time Handcent user on my S3, but thinking about switching it up and trying new app for new phone. Before you ask why, why not? After reading a few threads and articles I'm choosing between Textra and EvolveSMS. Any opinions on these or other strong recommendations? Thanks!
    10-24-2014 11:34 AM
  2. zeuswsu's Avatar
    I like textra because it doesn't have a ton a needless options. It just works. I made the switch from handcent a couple months ago after my mms messages wouldn't go to certain people.
    karimpas7 likes this.
    10-24-2014 11:43 AM
  3. Brandwin's Avatar
    I was using Hadcent since last Friday, but I switched to Hello yesterday and I really like it a lot. I think I’ll stick with it. Very sleek.
    10-24-2014 11:46 AM
  4. GregMargie's Avatar
    I Have tried many over the years....... stock, go sms pro, chomp, handcent and for one reason or another have changed due to things I didn't like (can't recall all the reasons) I have been using Google Hangouts now for awhile and it works good for me, I just wish there were a little more customization!
    10-24-2014 11:55 AM
  5. hdhuntr's Avatar
    Handcent for years but it stopped working. Been on chompSMS for about a year. Lots of customization without a huge footprint. I love it.

    I Have tried many over the years....... stock, go sms pro, chomp, handcent and for one reason or another have changed due to things I didn't like (can't recall all the reasons) I have been using Google Hangouts now for awhile and it works good for me, I just wish there were a little more customization!
    10-24-2014 12:03 PM
  6. Almeuit's Avatar
    I use ChompSMS. I use it on all my Android devices .. I love the quick reply and the customization. Plus it is fast.
    10-24-2014 12:03 PM
  7. Racing24's Avatar
    The new Google Messenger app works well. It's fluid, looks modern and performs flawlessly on this beast.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    zachchen1996 likes this.
    10-24-2014 12:23 PM
  8. dehvokahn's Avatar
    Another vote for ChompSMS - been using them for years on various devices. Love the customization options without extra bloat.
    10-24-2014 12:25 PM
  9. GregMargie's Avatar
    Handcent for years but it stopped working. Been on chompSMS for about a year. Lots of customization without a huge footprint. I love it.
    I use ChompSMS. I use it on all my Android devices .. I love the quick reply and the customization. Plus it is fast.
    Been a long time since I used Chomp....sounds like it may have changed a lot and I might just have to try it again! Thanks!
    Almeuit likes this.
    10-24-2014 12:49 PM
  10. ecs180's Avatar
    Really enjoy hello sms in permanent night mode. Also added pics for my friends.
    Brandwin likes this.
    10-24-2014 12:56 PM
  11. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Hooverchat is what I use and I love it
    10-24-2014 01:05 PM
  12. Punker1234's Avatar
    I also use Textra as it's simple and has a clean interface while still having some good options with it.

    But the real question is, why doens't android produce a better quality app? I understand that android is about options and letting us choose, but something that is used probably more than any other app on most individuals phone, it seems like they don't dedicate a lot of time.
    hdhuntr likes this.
    10-24-2014 01:09 PM
  13. Kingb1186's Avatar
    I like chomp but go sms pro is currently free instead of 6.99 if u want to try.

    http://www.droid-life.com/2014/10/24...-this-weekend/

    Posted via the Android Central App
    skittlepop likes this.
    10-24-2014 01:28 PM
  14. Dukins's Avatar
    Textra is what I use on my devices. Simple and clean with enough features for me, it was created by the same person that created Chomp Sms.
    10-24-2014 01:39 PM
  15. Brandwin's Avatar
    Hooverchat is what I use and I love it
    I know how to add via Facebook, but not all my names in my contact list are the same as their Facebook name. How do I add certain photos to users and do you have duplicates when searching for a contact to message? I have quite a few…
    10-24-2014 01:54 PM
  16. scholaryoshi's Avatar
    I like hangouts. Integrates hangouts and SMS. It's great.
    10-24-2014 02:21 PM
  17. Punker1234's Avatar
    Kind of silly question, but does anyone make something similar to iOS texting? Thats probably the only thing I missed about iOS. It seemed no matter what the video size or image, it always converted it and allowed it to send. Never any failed sent messages or oddball group text issues. Maybe that was just iMessage and not sms? Still don't know how that works...
    10-24-2014 03:26 PM
  18. Almeuit's Avatar
    Kind of silly question, but does anyone make something similar to iOS texting? Thats probably the only thing I missed about iOS. It seemed no matter what the video size or image, it always converted it and allowed it to send. Never any failed sent messages or oddball group text issues. Maybe that was just iMessage and not sms? Still don't know how that works...
    That is kind of a different thing. These apps just give different functions / looks on the phone... whereas iOS messaging (iMessage) is a service hosted by Apple. When you text on Android it has to go through SMS (text) or MMS (pics/vids) and that goes through your carrier...therefore they compress it a bunch. With iMessage it goes through your data (versus MMS via your carrier) and is sent to Apple's servers .. which then send it to the other iMessage user and they don't have it compress as much.
    10-24-2014 03:35 PM
  19. shamdawg's Avatar
    Textra is great.
    10-24-2014 04:28 PM
  20. Punker1234's Avatar
    That is kind of a different thing. These apps just give different functions / looks on the phone... whereas iOS messaging (iMessage) is a service hosted by Apple. When you text on Android it has to go through SMS (text) or MMS (pics/vids) and that goes through your carrier...therefore they compress it a bunch. With iMessage it goes through your data (versus MMS via your carrier) and is sent to Apple's servers .. which then send it to the other iMessage user and they don't have it compress as much.
    I actually thought that thats how it worked, so good to confirm. However, being google and who they are, you would have thought this features would have been duplicated unless there is some patent infringement. I'd beg them for a service like this, because it does seem like rough waters when it comes to MMS on Android. Maybe thats my perception, but if I want one thing to be hassle free, it would be texting. Is Google Hangouts supposed to be the iMessage copy?

    Regardless, I could never go back to iOS so i've dealt with it. I know there are apps like that, such as Whats App, but everyone isn't using them, defeats the purpose, yes?
    10-24-2014 04:33 PM
  21. Almeuit's Avatar
    I actually thought that thats how it worked, so good to confirm. However, being google and who they are, you would have thought this features would have been duplicated unless there is some patent infringement. I'd beg them for a service like this, because it does seem like rough waters when it comes to MMS on Android. Maybe thats my perception, but if I want one thing to be hassle free, it would be texting. Is Google Hangouts supposed to be the iMessage copy?

    Regardless, I could never go back to iOS so i've dealt with it. I know there are apps like that, such as Whats App, but everyone isn't using them, defeats the purpose, yes?
    I am sure Google would love to do this but Apple was able to implement this within the default messages app so users can just text and it will use iMessage when it can... They can do this since they control all the hardware & software on all the iPhones in the world. Google makes Android but it is open-source so therefore manufactures / carriers can change things on within the OS that they don't like. Google hangouts but to have an "iMessage" guaranteed on every Android they'd have to make this off-limits so a manufacture or carrier couldn't just decide to remove it.

    Also yes -- sadly the other person would have to be using Whatsapp or something like that in order to take advantage of it.
    10-24-2014 05:38 PM
  22. reesh11's Avatar
    I guess go sms pro gets no love. ..

    From my smokin' hot Note 4
    Harlemknight likes this.
    10-24-2014 10:21 PM
  23. Misterb's Avatar
    I guess go sms pro gets no love. ..

    From my smokin' hot Note 4
    Go SMS is good, but it seems like it is designed by Asian designers who don't have English as their first language. Some of the menus and other areas don't use proper grammar. I used to hate how when I'd send a picture message, it would say "I send you a message" before the picture. I'm liking Google Hangouts so far

    Posted via the Android Central App
    10-25-2014 04:06 PM
  24. respibob's Avatar
    I know I'll sound crazy but I use Verizon Messages+. Works well and I get messages on my phone/computer/tablet. So I can use it no matter what device I'm on. I can pick tones for each conversation within the thread. Just my two cents!

    Posted via my awesome Note 4
    10-25-2014 04:29 PM
  25. twooit's Avatar
    I like textra because it doesn't have a ton a needless options. It just works. I made the switch from handcent a couple months ago after my mms messages wouldn't go to certain people.
    Texta is fantastic. I especially like the notifications and quick reply options. Best text app out there imo.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    tarsins likes this.
    10-25-2014 04:44 PM
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