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Old November 10th, 2010, 10:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Interested in feedback on whether there is a better SMS program than Handcent?

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Interested in feedback on whether there is a better SMS program than Handcent?
Handcent usually takes the cake. What was the other one...chompSMS is pretty good, but I prefer Handcent.

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Have been using SMS popup, found it pretty good and simple
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Handcent is my personal choice. Chomp is good, but seemed generic in comparison.
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Handcent usually takes the cake. What was the other one...chompSMS is pretty good, but I prefer Handcent.

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Bovine, might I ask why you prefer Handcent? I'm currently using Chomp but the grass is always greener....
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I tried Chomp briefly a couple of different times, but found Handcent to be much more customizable. For me, Handcent is the clear favorite.
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Sorry for the thread jacking, but I have Handcent installed but somehow I get notifications on both Chomp and the default sms that comes with android. Is there any way to disable the default one's notifications?
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I used Handcent for a long time, then when the X came out it started having problems. I switched to Chomp, I loved the options, I paid for it.

Then handcent updated, it now matches what I had with Chomp, but for free. With the most recent update to handcent Chomp no longer has any advantages and handcent is free with no big ad on your conversation list

I am back to handcent, even though I already paid to eliminate ads in Chomp

So far nothing else compares. If all you want is a pop up, handcent's pop up is nice and has lots of options
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Sorry for the thread jacking, but I have Chomp installed but somehow I get notifications on both Chomp and the default sms that comes with android. Is there any way to disable the default one's notifications?
This question is sooo old. Go into the default app -> menu -> settings -> disable the notifications
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This question is sooo old. Go into the default app -> menu -> settings -> disable the notifications
Thanks.. I was looking at the Manage Applications menu and I totally forgot to check the default one.. duh.
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I love chomp, but I hate how it defaults to a white screen while launching the app even tho I have a black theme applied.
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I've only enjoy two texting apps since owning my HTC Incredible - the stock texting app and Handcent. Both are great apps and they do what I need/want in a texting app.
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This question is sooo old. Go into the default app -> menu -> settings -> disable the notifications
The double notifications, default sms and handcent, drove me away from handcent. The solution mentioned in the quote DID NOT WORK on my Evo. And I tried everything else in the area of settings. Has this problem been solved?

I shifted to chomp, paid, and have no problems. The UI of handcent was slightly more appealing to me and I would try it again if that very annoying double notification has been solved.

I know lots of people had the same problem, with disabling notifications not solving it. Anybody know if this is now fixed? It's hard to tell from the market comments.

But back to the thread question, I think both handcent (exc for dbl notf) and chomp are the best out there and have not found anything else to compare.
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Have been using SMS popup, found it pretty good and simple
I agree! Stock SMS app plus SMS Popup is all you need!

Handcent, in my experience, is one of the most overrated apps. It may look pretty and have some cool options, but it is much slower than stock.

Chomp is pretty good and if it matures it will be great.
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The double notifications, default sms and handcent, drove me away from handcent. The solution mentioned in the quote DID NOT WORK on my Evo. And I tried everything else in the area of settings. Has this problem been solved?

I shifted to chomp, paid, and have no problems. The UI of handcent was slightly more appealing to me and I would try it again if that very annoying double notification has been solved.

I know lots of people had the same problem, with disabling notifications not solving it. Anybody know if this is now fixed? It's hard to tell from the market comments.

But back to the thread question, I think both handcent (exc for dbl notf) and chomp are the best out there and have not found anything else to compare.
I just got my evo yesterday. My 1st phone with any kind of apps on it.

My wife and I both got one and I set up handcent on them both last night. I was able to set up mine to only give one notification. She was getting two still so went back to default, I will have to mess with hers later tonight to try to get it set up. It is possible though as I got it working on mine.
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I don't know if I should replace my stock HTC message for Handcent?

It certainly looks attractive.
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Grozny: Well that's an excellent experiment if you got 2 Evos at the same time, so I would assume they should be identical. Please let me know if you come up with a solution.

I wonder if it has to do with different soft or hardware builds. Since I tried everything, including uninstalling, reinstalling, etc, I believe it is in the programming of handcent and was hoping they'd fix it.

I'm subscribed to this thread, so I'll be looking forward to seeing what you find out. Many replies have said "this is so easy to fix, disable notifications", and I'm sure for them it has worked. But it does NOT work for all.
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Curious why it would be assumed to be a problem with Handcent's programming, when it clearly doesn't happen to everyone? If it were programming, wouldn't it happen more consistently?
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Curious why it would be assumed to be a problem with Handcent's programming, when it clearly doesn't happen to everyone? If it were programming, wouldn't it happen more consistently?
Can't answer that since I'm not a programmer, but it worked fine until one of the updates, and that's when the problem of double notifications started. And while you're right that it does not happen to everyone, it happens to many. That's a real frustration.
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You guys say that the stock sms can also be pretty good? The only reason I went to handcent was cus my stock sms app started getting extremely slow and freezing up after not even a thousand messages in a thread. Now tjat I have like, over 3,000 in a thread, if were to ever try opening it up with the stock sms, my phone will freeze up so bad. I have an HTC legend. Anyone else have this problem?
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Can't say I let my threads get that long...

I've been using handcent and love it. The pop ups work perfectly and the app has a lot of customization features. No slower than stock IME. Double notifications don't happen to me. Moto defy, 2.1.
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You guys say that the stock sms can also be pretty good? The only reason I went to handcent was cus my stock sms app started getting extremely slow and freezing up after not even a thousand messages in a thread. Now tjat I have like, over 3,000 in a thread, if were to ever try opening it up with the stock sms, my phone will freeze up so bad. I have an HTC legend. Anyone else have this problem?
I have that problem. I switched to chomp for the moment (though mainly because of the sms bug of 2.1-update1). Chomp is OK, but I'm hoping to switch back to stock after the 2.2 upgrade
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Had to replace my Incredible phone for another one, so reinstalling all my apps. Reinstalled Handscent. Went to Messages app to menu -> settings -> disable the notification, but I am still getting dual notification.

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I like go sms. has no one else tried it?
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Thanks, but you might want to start a new thread on it; trying to troubleshoot at this point.

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Figured it out; the setting in Handcent had pop-up turned on.
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I like go sms. has no one else tried it?

I am also using go and love it. Widget, pop up notification with quick reply, group messaging and sms scheduler.

P.s. Forgot to mention missed message reminder. Visible and/or audible. Great for my mesmorize as it doesn't have led. Audible works perfect.
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I'm a GoSMS fan. At least when I figured out how to get sound notifications to turn back on!

I've used HandcentSMS previously but found it very sluggish.
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GoSMS fan here too. I used to use Handcent but then changed after a update to Handcent was found to be bugged and slowed SMSing down greatly. Changed to GoSMS and havent looked back. Great program.
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I have used Handcent for a long time and loved it. Tried chomp for a while too, but went back to Handcent.

After reading the last few posts here I decided to give GoSMS Pro a shot. I am sooooo glad I did. GoSMS is AWESOME!!!

All the options of handcent and chomp and so much more! Really like the change.

The only thing I miss is on the pop up, handcent had a button to use text to speech to read the message to you which was really nice while driving
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Where would that option be hidden then?

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I have tried all of the major sms apps like Handcent, ChompSMS, Go SMS, and Go SMS Pro. One major thing I've noticed in all of them is that they try too hard to replicate the iPhone sms app which I totally hate. I'm now using the stock SMS app with SMS Popup which does the job for me.
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Why not use the stock version for s.m.s. ? It's gets in handy if you configure it the way you like. Or go for the Handcent, since it's prob. the best application around.
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Tried handcent and chomp just now trying out Pansi SMS so far its living up to its description. Fast / simple and minimal. Has a couple of options but nothing over the top
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I used handcent for awhile and found that when I was replying using the popup screen, the keyboard covered the reply text box so I was never able to read what I was typing. I found that far too annoying having to close the popup and open the handcent app to reply.

I changed to goSMS the other day, and after finding out how to configure it to work with noLed, I really like it! So far so good
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Could someone kindly explain what an SMS program does? OK it sends and receives texts, but what else is there to do? Are there any privacy settings? I tried a program that hides texts from up to five numbers, which worked great until one of them sent me an MMS, which appeared in the normal way. Not much privacy there...
I have of course set up a password so nobody can do anything on my phone, but there are occasions when I'd like to let someone (OK my wife!) use it to make a call without worrying about private texts coming through while she has it.
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Could someone kindly explain what an SMS program does? OK it sends and receives texts, but what else is there to do? Are there any privacy settings? I tried a program that hides texts from up to five numbers, which worked great until one of them sent me an MMS, which appeared in the normal way. Not much privacy there...
I have of course set up a password so nobody can do anything on my phone, but there are occasions when I'd like to let someone (OK my wife!) use it to make a call without worrying about private texts coming through while she has it.
1. Customization - people here often theme the phone, so we get to make the color scheme and theme of the program match our themes

2. Extra options - GO SMS for example can show inbox/sent/draft/outbox/favorites folders among others.

3. Pop ups. Default messages app usually dont have pop ups when you get messages.

4. Inbuilt blacklisting.

There are more of course but these are the ones people notice first.
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Could someone kindly explain what an SMS program does? OK it sends and receives texts, but what else is there to do? Are there any privacy settings? I tried a program that hides texts from up to five numbers, which worked great until one of them sent me an MMS, which appeared in the normal way. Not much privacy there...
I have of course set up a password so nobody can do anything on my phone, but there are occasions when I'd like to let someone (OK my wife!) use it to make a call without worrying about private texts coming through while she has it.
I do that too, don't always want the wife seeing all of my texts.

Get GoSMS Pro (free). It has a privacy box. Any contact that you set to have the messages go there you have to have your pin number to read them. When you get a message from those contacts the text also does not show in the default SMS app. You can change the notifications for those contacts also (mine makes no sound, has a different icon, no pop up, and says it is another apps error message )
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I do that too, don't always want the wife seeing all of my texts.

Get GoSMS Pro (free). It has a privacy box. Any contact that you set to have the messages go there you have to have your pin number to read them. When you get a message from those contacts the text also does not show in the default SMS app. You can change the notifications for those contacts also (mine makes no sound, has a different icon, no pop up, and says it is another apps error message )
I've deleted the app I was using. It was OK but had adverts. GoSMS Pro in now on my Wildfire S and its great. It's putting the right texts into the private box, but I haven't had any MMS yet to test it.

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I've deleted the app I was using. It was OK but had adverts. GoSMS Pro in now on my Wildfire S and its great. It's putting the right texts into the private box, but I haven't had any MMS yet to test it.

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MMS will work the same way and go to the private box if needed, nothing additional to set for MMS
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Does Go SMS Pro also allow scheduling?
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Does Go SMS Pro also allow scheduling?
Yes! It is hard to find anything that GoSMS doesn't do for texting!
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Yes! It is hard to find anything that GoSMS doesn't do for texting!
OK, on my way to the Market then
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MMS will work the same way and go to the private box if needed, nothing additional to set for MMS
Excellent.

I'm loving the GoSMS Pro app so far.
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