04-25-2015 06:22 PM
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  1. 6thSense's Avatar
    I'm having problems finding a good third party app for texting. I'm not a huge fan of iOS but I do think the texting interface is pretty clean. So I'm looking for something with similar aesthetics. Initially I downloaded Message6 (I believe that's the name). It worked well, however anytime somebody would send a MMS message, it would not download. I would have to open my stock app, which would tell me I have to make it primary first. smh.

    I used Chomp SMS on my old phone but similarly, the ability to download MMS messages was intermittent. Figured it was just my phone so tried it on the S6 and the same thing. I thought these third party apps allowed for SMS/MMS. Am I incorrect?

    In any case, what do you guys recommend?
    04-22-2015 10:24 AM
  2. unashamedgeek's Avatar
    I use hangouts and haven't had any issues with SMS/MMS.
    04-22-2015 10:26 AM
  3. Jaycemiskel's Avatar
    Every 3rd party app I've used has worked fine for MMS, my guess is it's just that app. Did you try fiddling with the settings in the app?
    04-22-2015 10:31 AM
  4. erasat's Avatar
    I'm having problems finding a good third party app for texting. I'm not a huge fan of iOS but I do think the texting interface is pretty clean. So I'm looking for something with similar aesthetics. Initially I downloaded Message6 (I believe that's the name). It worked well, however anytime somebody would send a MMS message, it would not download. I would have to open my stock app, which would tell me I have to make it primary first. smh.

    I used Chomp SMS on my old phone but similarly, the ability to download MMS messages was intermittent. Figured it was just my phone so tried it on the S6 and the same thing. I thought these third party apps allowed for SMS/MMS. Am I incorrect?

    In any case, what do you guys recommend?
    Best Message app for me is Textra, I always try to use OEM apps to avoid unnecessary duplicated apps wasting storage and resources, but once I tried Textra last year I've never looked back.
    04-22-2015 10:32 AM
  5. 6thSense's Avatar
    Yes I've tried to mess with settings on both. Not sure if it's Sprint, or what. Now keep in mind I'm a noob to this S6 as well. Maybe I just need to dive deeper into settings. Not sure what else to look into that could be the culprit.
    04-22-2015 10:33 AM
  6. Erm10's Avatar
    I had been using go sms pro for a few years but I am having issues with MMS since switching to the S6. So I have been using the stock ATT\Samsung Messages app and I think it's much better than it used to be. I like the favorite contact list in the header. The only downside I have seen so far are the color themes - which are limited and not the prettiest but otherwise I am really liking it.
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    04-22-2015 10:36 AM
  7. 6thSense's Avatar
    Since I posted this, I accident ran across this - androidcentral. com/top-5-text-message-replacement-apps-android

    Erm10, same here re not being fond of the color schemes. Hence the reason I ventured out for alt apps. Seems like I've tried Handcent and GO SMS on my other phone. Wasn't fond of either. I'm going to try that Hello SMS and Textra on the recommendation of erasat.

    Fingers crossed!
    04-22-2015 10:39 AM
  8. lutin's Avatar
    Another vote here for Textra.
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    04-22-2015 10:46 AM
  9. anon(9408097)'s Avatar
    A million votes for textra! And Google messenger if emojis are not your thing.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-22-2015 11:02 AM
  10. Kalvin Kerns's Avatar
    I had been using go sms pro for a few years but I am having issues with MMS since switching to the S6. So I have been using the stock ATT\Samsung Messages app and I think it's much better than it used to be. I like the favorite contact list in the header. The only downside I have seen so far are the color themes - which are limited and not the prettiest but otherwise I am really liking it.
    Yeah I actually like the new Samsung texting app this year, except as you stated the themes are prohibitively ugly, so I use Hangouts instead.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-22-2015 11:10 AM
  11. 6thSense's Avatar
    I'm liking textra thusfar. Very clean, nice options.

    I also really like the layout of that Hello SMS. It's very different and I could see it being useful as I have to rotate between texts frequently. But it gave me an error already. Way too early in the game for them to be making mistakes. I'm vulnerable right now as I've been hurt in the past...and ready to divorce an app on a whim. I think it got mad because it wanted to be the default app.
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    04-22-2015 11:57 AM
  12. ThyWillBeDone's Avatar
    Textra is my favorite so far. I think the interface is nice and its very user friendly.
    04-22-2015 11:58 AM
  13. DaHui623's Avatar
    I've used quite a few. Most if not all of the ones mentioned so far. I always come back to Textra, which is what I'm using now. Hangouts is nice, but would be nicer if any of my friends used it as there are times I have access to Wi-Fi but a weak phone signal. I really did like the look of Hello SMS but ran into some MMS problems a few times. Textra is very customizable and I've had no issues so far. Admittedly I haven't given the stock Samsung app a second thought.
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    04-22-2015 12:09 PM
  14. Cobravision's Avatar
    Another vote for Textra. All things being equal, Textra does this one thing that makes it better than the stock app -- if I swipe away the notification after reading it, Textra will clear the badge count. The stock one won't clear the badge count unless I open the app and open the conversation. I wasted so much time with that.
    04-22-2015 01:18 PM
  15. 6thSense's Avatar
    Another vote for Textra. All things being equal, Textra does this one thing that makes it better than the stock app -- if I swipe away the notification after reading it, Textra will clear the badge count. The stock one won't clear the badge count unless I open the app and open the conversation. I wasted so much time with that.
    Forgive me for my ignorance, but what is a badge count?
    04-22-2015 01:21 PM
  16. Cobravision's Avatar
    It's the little number on the corner of the messaging app that tells you how many unread messages you have.
    04-22-2015 01:25 PM
  17. 6thSense's Avatar
    It's the little number on the corner of the messaging app that tells you how many unread messages you have.
    Figured as such as soon as I clicked reply. lol. That's cool. I'm sure Textra will grow on me. I just need to customize the look to my liking.
    04-22-2015 01:29 PM
  18. FuzzyB's Avatar
    Texted is my favorite. Clean, simple and does what is supposed to do... And does it well.
    04-22-2015 01:58 PM
  19. 6thSense's Avatar
    I've used quite a few. Most if not all of the ones mentioned so far. I always come back to Textra, which is what I'm using now. Hangouts is nice, but would be nicer if any of my friends used it as there are times I have access to Wi-Fi but a weak phone signal. I really did like the look of Hello SMS but ran into some MMS problems a few times. Textra is very customizable and I've had no issues so far. Admittedly I haven't given the stock Samsung app a second thought.
    Yes, this Hello is very finicky. Doesn't play well unless it's the default app. And I noticed in its settings it won't allow you to just have a icon notification, or notification with no text content. It's important for me to be able to know a text is received without unlocking my phone. But I also don't want the message to show as I sometimes deal with private info.
    04-22-2015 02:35 PM
  20. mariusfilip's Avatar
    +1 for Textra
    04-22-2015 03:32 PM
  21. Shon123's Avatar
    Definitely Textra, clean and simple
    04-22-2015 03:54 PM
  22. BioFanatic's Avatar
    I just switched AWAY from Textra today, thanks to this post, haha! Hear me out...

    Textra is great and I've been using it for quite some time, but after seeing this thread, I remembered that I wanted to try "mysms."

    MySMS's killer feature: Syncing your texts with your tablet and your PC.
    I added MySMS to my phone, tablet and now... installed the Win8 app (pinned to taskbar). Everything syncs. I get notified on all devices and the notification clears from all once I've check on any. It's basically iMessage for Android/PC.

    It's very customizable as well, I used the same colours that I had set for Textra.

    TL;DR Textra is fantastic, but mysms adds killer feature of syncing messages on all devices.
    04-22-2015 05:24 PM
  23. Cobravision's Avatar
    I just use mighty text for that.
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    04-22-2015 05:42 PM
  24. drone3's Avatar
    Google messenger if you want things super simple with good design

    Posted via the Android Central App
    04-22-2015 05:51 PM
  25. 6thSense's Avatar
    I just switched AWAY from Textra today, thanks to this post, haha! Hear me out...

    Textra is great and I've been using it for quite some time, but after seeing this thread, I remembered that I wanted to try "mysms."

    MySMS's killer feature: Syncing your texts with your tablet and your PC.
    I added MySMS to my phone, tablet and now... installed the Win8 app (pinned to taskbar). Everything syncs. I get notified on all devices and the notification clears from all once I've check on any. It's basically iMessage for Android/PC.

    It's very customizable as well, I used the same colours that I had set for Textra.

    TL;DR Textra is fantastic, but mysms adds killer feature of syncing messages on all devices.
    I love how you led it with "hear me out" in anticipation of backlash. Lol.

    Ok so what if I'm an android guy when it comes to cell phones but iOS guy when it comes to tablets? Do they have that app for the iPad?
    BioFanatic likes this.
    04-22-2015 05:58 PM
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