12-25-2015 07:20 PM
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  1. anon(9228075)'s Avatar
    I've always used the stock messaging app since I got my Note 5. Even with the hideous orange (unchangeable) color. I've always thought it was very good and seems to be fast. I've seen a lot of talk about Verizon Messages+ and decided to check it out - I activated it, customized it and used it for about an hour maybe. Then ran back to the stock messenger and realized all I appreciate about it. And because the stock messenger gets a bad rap at times I thought I'd share those things I think make it so good -

    - I like the favorites icons you can have at the top for quick access to your most texted contacts.
    - I like the popup feature so I can type a quick reply without having to open the whole app.
    - I like to be able through gestures (I think) to be able to raise the phone to my ear and it will auto call whoever the messaging thread is on without having to hit a button (nice when driving)
    - I love being able to schedule messages to go out - I've got birthdays scheduled months out and at night I find myself hammering out texts that need to be sent but it's too late so I type them and schedule them for tomorrow
    - You can go into a conversation and hit "more" then album and see all the pics you and the other person have shared via text
    - Love the ability to hit the paper clip, then record audio and send an audio message vs typing - great for driving (Messages has this too)
    - Can attach an S Note the same way as an image to anyone

    There may be more, but wanted to give mine and give some kudos to the stock messaging app.
    12-02-2015 10:32 AM
  2. Jamez Avila's Avatar
    I also use the stock one BUT I use a theme from the Theme Store which then changes the color of all the menus throughout the UI. Check it out

    Posted from my Galaxy Note 5
    Attached Thumbnails Love for the Stock Messaging App-screenshot_2015-12-02-09-46-31.jpg  
    12-02-2015 11:47 AM
  3. kj11's Avatar
    I'll agree that the stock app isn't bad, but textra does everything stock does and more, and looks better doing it. Give it a shot.
    12-02-2015 06:33 PM
  4. Ryano89's Avatar
    I'll agree that the stock app isn't bad, but textra does everything stock does and more, and looks better doing it. Give it a shot.
    Textra is great, but doesn't have the "album" feature which I love

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-02-2015 06:38 PM
  5. anon(9228075)'s Avatar
    I'll agree that the stock app isn't bad, but textra does everything stock does and more, and looks better doing it. Give it a shot.
    Does it schedule messages?

    And can you hit the attachment and record an audio and send it? Or an S Note?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-02-2015 07:30 PM
  6. kj11's Avatar
    Textra is great, but doesn't have the "album" feature which I love

    Posted via the Android Central App
    If you press on the picture in the thread you can swipe left and right to view all photos sent and received from that contact
    Ryano89 likes this.
    12-02-2015 07:40 PM
  7. DCounts's Avatar
    I went from textra to the stock messaging app. I loved textra but the stock one hasn't made me want to go back...yet.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-02-2015 08:16 PM
  8. Tayloj92's Avatar
    I used textra but kept having issues sending video. Tried stock and couldn't get past the orange, so I ended up with messenger by Google and I seem to like it. I like how you can change the color of the bubbles for individuals I find it useful esp in group texts.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-02-2015 10:12 PM
  9. mari dub's Avatar
    I used textra but kept having issues sending video. Tried stock and couldn't get past the orange, so I ended up with messenger by Google and I seem to like it. I like how you can change the color of the bubbles for individuals I find it useful esp in group texts.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    That was my same thought. I like some of the factory message settings but i couldn't get over the app lag. Hopefully Google will add a scheduling feature to messenger. That will make it perfect!

    Galaxy Note 5 and what not
    jaymojones likes this.
    12-02-2015 11:09 PM
  10. Tony Vargas's Avatar
    I like Textra, but stuck using the stock app because of refuse to give up my original Gear watch. Only works with stock app, dammit. But, the one think I hate about the stock app, is you can't add text when attaching an image. You can, but it's a pain.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-02-2015 11:25 PM
  11. UJ95x's Avatar
    I've tried using it, but I can't stand the theme. Can't change it on my Note 4

    Google Messenger is much cleaner and more functional IMO
    12-02-2015 11:35 PM
  12. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    I used textra but kept having issues sending video. Tried stock and couldn't get past the orange, so I ended up with messenger by Google and I seem to like it. I like how you can change the color of the bubbles for individuals I find it useful esp in group texts.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Even if you can send video via stock, it is degraded in quality. Use Whatsapp to send high quality video or pictures
    12-03-2015 11:08 AM
  13. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Verizon messages does everything the OP wants except for the S pen functions. I am torn between Verizon messages and textra, Verizon messages has the feature to send and receive text messages via computer or tablet, works good. But textra has a better pop up function.

    Was using push bullet, but they want $40 year or $5 month, that's to much. I understand charging, but be reasonable.
    12-03-2015 11:10 AM
  14. anon(9228075)'s Avatar
    Verizon messages does everything the OP wants except for the S pen functions. I am torn between Verizon messages and textra, Verizon messages has the feature to send and receive text messages via computer or tablet, works good. But textra has a better pop up function.

    Was using push bullet, but they want $40 year or $5 month, that's to much. I understand charging, but be reasonable.
    Vzw Messages doesn't have the favorites bar across the top for quick access to top contacts.

    Can Verizon messages schedule messages to be sent in future?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2015 05:03 PM
  15. trucksmoveamerica#AC's Avatar
    Vzw Messages doesn't have the favorites bar across the top for quick access to top contacts.

    Can Verizon messages schedule messages to be sent in future?

    Posted via the Android Central App
    I know you can schedule messages to be sent at later time.

    I thought it has the favorites, but apparently it does not. For being a Verizon App, I am impressed. LOL
    12-03-2015 05:07 PM
  16. Soylent_Green's Avatar
    I'm content with the stock messaging app for once, I have no desire to change it. The Samsung keyboard on the other hand, no. Google Keyboard ftw.
    Sctrojansintx likes this.
    12-03-2015 05:48 PM
  17. HOLLYWOODANT215's Avatar
    I love stock because enhanced messages with ppl with Samsung phones with stock app... In 2 years I see this as standard

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    12-03-2015 09:13 PM
  18. beh's Avatar
    In addition to all the features listed above (and which I use) the ability to use it in a window with my calendar in another window is a great boon. Why would someone purchase an $800 phone and not use the S pen and multi-window multitasking??
    anon(9228075) likes this.
    12-03-2015 09:38 PM
  19. beh's Avatar
    I've tried using it, but I can't stand the theme. Can't change it on my Note 4

    Google Messenger is much cleaner and more functional IMO
    The Note 4 doesn't support Themes. Only the S6 models and the Note 5 in the premium line-up. And while I didn't really get excited about Themes the number and breath of subjects of the themes is impressive. I am getting more and more pleased I can use them.
    12-03-2015 09:41 PM
  20. kj11's Avatar
    I love stock because enhanced messages with ppl with Samsung phones with stock app... In 2 years I see this as standard

    Posted via Android Central App
    I know nothing about this enhanced messaging.... Could you tell me more please?
    12-03-2015 09:46 PM
  21. anon(9228075)'s Avatar
    I know nothing about this enhanced messaging.... Could you tell me more please?
    Ditto to this

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2015 10:28 PM
  22. adegbenroagoro's Avatar
    I've always used the stock messaging app on my Samsung phones. Has all the pros you mentioned. However YOU'RE DOING TOO MANY THINGS WHILE DRIVING. Please stop endangering other people's lives and also yours.

    Adegbenro Agoro. Galaxy Note 4.
    12-04-2015 05:06 AM
  23. anon(9228075)'s Avatar
    I've always used the stock messaging app on my Samsung phones. Has all the pros you mentioned. However YOU'RE DOING TOO MANY THINGS WHILE DRIVING. Please stop endangering other people's lives and also yours.

    Adegbenro Agoro. Galaxy Note 4.
    Who are you talking to? I don't text when driving

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-04-2015 11:03 AM
  24. Ryano89's Avatar
    In addition to all the features listed above (and which I use) the ability to use it in a window with my calendar in another window is a great boon. Why would someone purchase an $800 phone and not use the S pen and multi-window multitasking??
    Verizon messages works with multi window as well..

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-04-2015 11:32 AM
  25. UJ95x's Avatar
    The Note 4 doesn't support Themes. Only the S6 models and the Note 5 in the premium line-up. And while I didn't really get excited about Themes the number and breath of subjects of the themes is impressive. I am getting more and more pleased I can use them.
    I know. I'm just saying, I don't really like that particular color choice. All I can change is the background and message bubbles in conversation windows
    12-07-2015 08:49 PM
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