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Old November 18th, 2009, 04:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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75% of my phone use is attributed to text messaging. So I recently downloaded Handcent and I'm liking it a lot. It's a lot better than the bland default messaging application. I really like how customizable it is. My only gripes are that I wish I could change the physical Handcent icon itself and maybe rename it to "Messaging" or something, also wish the reminder notifications had a few more options. Other than that it's a great app.

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I tried Handcent but didnt like it better than "SMS Unread Count". That combined with "Missed Call" and "Locale" Im a happy camper.
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75% of my phone use is attributed to text messaging. So I recently downloaded Handcent and I'm liking it a lot. It's a lot better than the bland default messaging application. I really like how customizable it is. My only gripes are that I wish I could change the physical Handcent icon itself and maybe rename it to "Messaging" or something, also wish the reminder notifications had a few more options. Other than that it's a great app.

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i just use the stock messaging icon and use handcent as the default sms app.that way when you touch the stock icon it launches handcent.
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i just use the stock messaging icon and use handcent as the default sms app.that way when you touch the stock icon it launches handcent.
How did you do that? When I use the stock icon, it launches the default sms app at first to show my message list, then when i click on a message to view it, it switches to handcent.
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Another vote for Handcent. I believe it works just a tad bit better than the stock app, just cause you can do more with it.
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I too use Handcent the only problem I have with it is that I cannot get a custom background to display properly. I'm thinking this is because they need to upgrade it for the Droid.
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How did you do that? When I use the stock icon, it launches the default sms app at first to show my message list, then when i click on a message to view it, it switches to handcent.
when i launched the sms icon it asked me which one i wanted to use.i checked use as default then selected handcent.
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I don't know if you've tried ChompSMS, but I like it better than Handcent. I honestly liked the features, design and layout of Handcent better, but it constantly froze my on-screen keyboard, or the application would slowdown, hang or crash. I've been using Chomp since I removed Handcent, and even though the colorful chat bubbles are #$*^ing annoying, it's much more stable.

If you need to reset the shortcuts target, you have to go into application settings and use the "Clear Defaults" button on Handcent. After that, clicking the normal messaging icon should yield a popup asking which app you would like to use. I'm pretty sure this should work.
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I had the latest chompsms Beta 2.1.3 maybe?, and it seemed alright. It wasnt updated yet for the droids screen, and I believe it still didnt allow MMS. Have those two things been corrected?
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I use chompSMS Beta as well, and the colors are nice lol, just iPhone-esque. It's not yet ready for the Droid, but it's almost there. Main reason for why I use it is because it allows the enter key to be used as a SEND button. If Handcent used that, then maybe I'd go back to them. Other than that I give props to Handcent for giving an option to split up and send multiple texts for messages that go over 160 characters, which I do often.
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I had the latest chompsms Beta 2.1.3 maybe?, and it seemed alright. It wasnt updated yet for the droids screen, and I believe it still didnt allow MMS. Have those two things been corrected?
Hmm.. I haven't noticed anything unusual about the screen yet. It seems to fill the screen and look just fine. As far as MMS, I received a picture today that came in with no issues. I haven't tried sending MMS yet, I don't really use it.
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I have used handcent sms (two different times actually) and both times ended up uninstalling it. There are many features I really like but it definitly seemed to make things a little slow and I really didn't like the bubble chat idea (I was constantly having to scscroll up and down to read long messages).

But my MAIN problem is that when I get a notification up in the notification bar (which I supposedly disabled) the only way to make it go away is to hit clear. I know that sounds petty but that was my main complaint.

Other than handcent and that chomp program what are some good SMS programs?
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I have used handcent sms (two different times actually) and both times ended up uninstalling it. There are many features I really like but it definitly seemed to make things a little slow and I really didn't like the bubble chat idea (I was constantly having to scscroll up and down to read long messages).

But my MAIN problem is that when I get a notification up in the notification bar (which I supposedly disabled) the only way to make it go away is to hit clear. I know that sounds petty but that was my main complaint.

Other than handcent and that chomp program what are some good SMS programs?
Those are the only two complete messaging replacements that I'm aware of. If anybody knows of some other, lesser known apps, I'd love to try them.
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Yeah, Chomp allows MMS to be sent to you, but last time I used it, it still didnt support you sending MMS out. So, I wasnt sure if that was included in the new version or not.
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Man I guess I should've tried chomp before I asked for anything else... its freakin sweet!
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Chomp Sms is the greatest. Newly added to the market (on the moto droid, was on the G1 that my friend had) and it is a newer version with 0 problems at all. None that I can find at least.
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I like the stock one way better than Handcent. The only plus of Handcent is that it allows to send sounds/ringtones which I use.
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Hmmm... now I am having a weird problem. I can't send messages? And I don't mean MMS or anything just a regular old text message. The weirdest part is I'm not getting an error message or anything I just can't click "send". I tried to make it so when I press enter it sends and that wouldn't work either. I have rebooted the phone with no luck and was hoping for some suggestions before I end up un installing chomp (which I reeeaaalllyyy don't wanna do). Oh, and under the send button on the screen it says 0 credits left... dpes that mean anything?
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Hmmm... now I am having a weird problem. I can't send messages? And I don't mean MMS or anything just a regular old text message. The weirdest part is I'm not getting an error message or anything I just can't click "send". I tried to make it so when I press enter it sends and that wouldn't work either. I have rebooted the phone with no luck and was hoping for some suggestions before I end up un installing chomp (which I reeeaaalllyyy don't wanna do). Oh, and under the send button on the screen it says 0 credits left... dpes that mean anything?
Check your settings. Make sure you have it set to send through your carrier and not through the ChompSMS network.
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Another vote for Handcent. It is completely customizable. Every post I've read here about an issue with Handcent, there's an option for. (Obviously with exception to the freezing part which I've not encountered)
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I honestly liked the features, design and layout of Handcent better, but it constantly froze my on-screen keyboard, or the application would slowdown, hang or crash.
This was a major problem for me and Handcent. I noticed the lag immediately. None of those nice features matter to me if it takes me 3 times as long to type a message. I also made twice as many mistakes because the delay through me off. It's too bad, because Handcent really did offer some incredible improvements over the stock app.
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This was a major problem for me and Handcent. I noticed the lag immediately. None of those nice features matter to me if it takes me 3 times as long to type a message. I also made twice as many mistakes because the delay through me off. It's too bad, because Handcent really did offer some incredible improvements over the stock app.
you might consider trying it some more...it works fine on mine.you might have another setting or app that is conflicting with it.
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does anyone have the problem with handcent SMS where the keyboard disappears after like 60-70 characters when typing a message, its super frustrating and takes forever for the keyboard to come back up after you click it..

anyone else experiencing this?
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Starting to use Handcent and I think I like it. It allows me to select a contact's alternate SMS number I have saved for GoogleVoice. The default app doesn't seem to be able to do this.
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I like the OEM messenger. I just added SMS Popup to compliment it. I had handcent for a week but got tired of the shortfalls and constant updates. Still not sure if they have fixed the MMS issue to other Droid users or not. I have been happy with SMS popup. Maybe someday I will try Chomp.
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Are you guys having a problem getting Handcent to vibrate when you get a message? I can't get it to work at all...it's set to vibrate, won't even work when I "Test Notification".
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Are you guys having a problem getting Handcent to vibrate when you get a message? I can't get it to work at all...it's set to vibrate, won't even work when I "Test Notification".
Have you disabled the notifications for your other SMS app? Maybe its conflicting.
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I have used handcent sms (two different times actually) and both times ended up uninstalling it. There are many features I really like but it definitly seemed to make things a little slow and I really didn't like the bubble chat idea (I was constantly having to scscroll up and down to read long messages).

But my MAIN problem is that when I get a notification up in the notification bar (which I supposedly disabled) the only way to make it go away is to hit clear. I know that sounds petty but that was my main complaint.

Other than handcent and that chomp program what are some good SMS programs?
You can change Handcent to not be bubble styled chat. I use handcent and the chat is regular chat, no bubbles.

Under conversation style put it on Android and that should get you regular chat lines and get rid of the bubble chat.


The three programs i use to handle my calls, texts, mms are

Handcent, Missed Reminder, and EAR (sound profile application like on blackberrys)
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you might consider trying it some more...it works fine on mine.you might have another setting or app that is conflicting with it.
Well, I deleted it and everything is working fine now, but it occurred to me that I didn't re-boot my Eris after installing Handcent. Will give it another try.
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I read this thread and I saw 2 problems.

1. Slowing down + hangups. For me this is the +1 concern and thinking about taking Handcent SMS off my Motorola Droid. I get messages like "Application Handcent Sms (in process.com.handcent.nextsms) is not responding" ALL THE TIME. I hit "wait" but then it comes back again and again. Sometimes I have to do it 3-5 times before I get to go to the chat. I see that some people don't have this at all, while others do, and some of you thought it was a conflict with another app, but I don't have any idea how to figure out which one (and how to resolve it other than removing one or the other).

2. Somebody noted that the message counter gets screwed up from time to time and shows a smaller number of message limit than the 160 default. This is a known bug and you can see threads on the Handcent page on it. Basically special accented characters are not handled by the counter and Handcent is said to be working on this (I emailed them they never replied so I assume this is on the backburner as not too any people in the US uses accented characters, they say).

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I like SMS Popup the best (surprised that nobody has mentioned that yet), tried handdecent and it seemed to slow down the phone
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sms popup lost lots of my texts. No idea until my gf asked why i kept ignoring her. handcent is a fantastic app, and beats chomp hands down.
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I don't mind the preinstalled messaging system, but I wanted pop ups and the ability to quick reply. I like SMS Pop Up, but I'm having issues witht he quick reply, which is what I realy wanted out of it.

I installed handcent earlier, and liked it, but hated the fact that it had it's own icon and didn't say "messages" like the system based one has. I didn't know there was a way to change it. Maybe I'll give it another go.
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does anyone have the problem with handcent SMS where the keyboard disappears after like 60-70 characters when typing a message, its super frustrating and takes forever for the keyboard to come back up after you click it..

anyone else experiencing this?
Yep and somtimes even less characters. It does this when I am in t9 mode.
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So I went ahead and reinstalled the Handcent, and still like it, but the darn icon/title kills me. I want my messages icon back. I wish they'd have at least titled the Handcent icon 'Messages' or something. How can I change it?
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Although many of the different pop-up apps have a delete button, none of them actually delete the message. I get a lot of messages that are just alarms and I don't need to actually read them, or I get enough of the message in the popup, so I just want to delete them. I press the delete button, but they don't delete in the messaging app. I've tried with the default, handcent, and chomp.
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Although many of the different pop-up apps have a delete button, none of them actually delete the message. I get a lot of messages that are just alarms and I don't need to actually read them, or I get enough of the message in the popup, so I just want to delete them. I press the delete button, but they don't delete in the messaging app. I've tried with the default, handcent, and chomp.
I can confirm that the handcent popup DOES delete the sms for me.
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I wonder why mine doesn't work. I prefer sms popup because I want my important alarm texts to wake me when I'm asleep, but the rest to have a different notification so that they don't wake me.

So far, handcent and chomp don't do this (although they say they do.)
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Wow, so I'm happy to report that after using only handcent, my battery life is staying steady for a bit (even while running pandora).

I was kind of worried the past few days, the battery life on this phone seemed to drain within a few hours. Wonder if it was the preloaded messaging system (or me looking up apps like crazy? lol).
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I wonder why mine doesn't work. I prefer sms popup because I want my important alarm texts to wake me when I'm asleep, but the rest to have a different notification so that they don't wake me.

So far, handcent and chomp don't do this (although they say they do.)
You mean set notification preferences by contact? It definitely does work on Handcent...unfortunately they made it kind of a pain to access config settings on a per contact aspect.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:21 PM   #41 (permalink)
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ChompSMS beats Handcent imo, also download Any Cut app to change the shortcut text on your homescreen.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 01:39 PM   #42 (permalink)
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^ Sweet! Downloading Any Cut now! I've been looking for something exactly for that purpose!

Ok, Any Cut didn't work on my phone, it got stuck in loading mode, but upon my search I saw something called Quick Cut, that did work. Yay! I'm psyched, I love Handcent, but I hated that it didn't say messages on the screen.

Does Chomp allow MMS, I read somewhere that it doesn't support them.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 11:25 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Well, I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too, lol. If I use quick cut to create a shortcut and rename it 'messages', it is JUST a shortcut, not the widget that shows your # of messages. I like that option, so I uninstalled quick cut and am just using the widget. I'll get over the title.
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I really liked handcent SMS features, but the UI is hideous and it's slow.

Popup SMS works great and is what I have installed now. The UI could use some polish, but the functionality is great.
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Ugh, I HATED the UI of Handcent at first, but I customized it all, now I love it. I switched from the awful (IMO) bubbles to the android style conversations, and then re-did the colors because that aqua just wasn't cutting it. I made all the text black.

I like SMS Pop Up, but hated that it didn't clear the # on the messages icon if you replied via quick reply.
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handcent is a great app. very customizable runs great on my eris.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 05:44 PM   #47 (permalink)
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I use SMS in Google Voice and am very satisfied.
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Does Chomp allow MMS, I read somewhere that it doesn't support them.
Negative, you can receive MMS, but you still can't send any out. I went to their site and supposedly its still something they're working on for a later release.
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i use hancent and love it.. by the way how can i get rid of the annoying clicking sound when i text.. grrr i hate it, i would like it silent or at least change it
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i use hancent and love it.. by the way how can i get rid of the annoying clicking sound when i text.. grrr i hate it, i would like it silent or at least change it
If you are using the stock virtual keyboard:

-Go to 'Settings'
-Go to 'Locale & text'
-Under the section 'Text settings' select 'Android keyboard' (not the one with the check box, but the one right below that)
-You'll then see a setting that says 'Sound on keypress.' Just unmark the check box, and you should be set.

If you are using another virtual keyboard app, then just do pretty much the same thing as above.
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