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Question Handcent vs. GoSMS -- which do you prefer?

Hi all! My name is Ashley and I am new to the forums. I recently started using Handcent and really enjoy it and all of the customization available with it. Today, however, a friend of mine (who is really into androids and is a techno-geek) recommended that I switch to Go SMS. He said, and I quote, "it's got all of Handcent's features plus more and is snappier overall." I was just wondering what you guys thought of Handcent compared to Go SMS? The only things about Handcent I can think that I don't like are the text message counter, the inability to have it start deleting texts after a certain number (like in the stock messaging app), and the ads. Still, I do love the app. Do you recommend Handcent or Go SMS? Why?

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Personally I prefer GoSMS over Handscent. I can't really give you any specific reason why though.

GoSMS is free though - no reason not give it a try and see what you think.
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Hi all! My name is Ashley and I am new to the forums. I recently started using Handcent and really enjoy it and all of the customization available with it. Today, however, a friend of mine (who is really into androids and is a techno-geek) recommended that I switch to Go SMS. He said, and I quote, "it's got all of Handcent's features plus more and is snappier overall." I was just wondering what you guys thought of Handcent compared to Go SMS? The only things about Handcent I can think that I don't like are the text message counter, the inability to have it start deleting texts after a certain number (like in the stock messaging app), and the ads. Still, I do love the app. Do you recommend Handcent or Go SMS? Why?

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That is exactly how I compare Go and Handcent.
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Yup. Switched to Go simply because its faster, and less lags.
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I guess I'm going to be the odd one here, I really like Handscent, even though I haven't tried Go SMS. I will admit that sometimes it lags, which isn't a problem for me.
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I guess I'm going to be the odd one here, I really like Handscent, even though I haven't tried Go SMS. I will admit that sometimes it lags, which isn't a problem for me.

I don't think you can really say which one would be better if you haven't tried both.
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i have try both and i recommend Hand scent for sure first thing with go they keep updating all a time and now i can not use my spam filter go is a little faster but i delete my texts after reading them so its not really that noticeable to me and its nice again to be able to use my spam filter also Hand scent has tons of themes so you can change the look of it and far as ads you pay one time fee and they are gone i know it cost but it was worth it to me
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I guess I'm going to be the odd one here, I really like Handscent, even though I haven't tried Go SMS. I will admit that sometimes it lags, which isn't a problem for me.
I really liked Handcent for a long time until I got my droid X, when that was released there was time stamp problems so I tried some others. I paid for chomp, but the paid version of chomp was identical to Handcent, then I tried Go SMS and was pleasantly surprised.

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i have try both and i recommend Hand scent for sure first thing with go they keep updating all a time and now i can not use my spam filter go is a little faster but i delete my texts after reading them so its not really that noticeable to me and its nice again to be able to use my spam filter also Hand scent has tons of themes so you can change the look of it and far as ads you pay one time fee and they are gone i know it cost but it was worth it to me
There isn't ads in Go, and you can pay for themes (I bought one) or you can create your own totally free.



Other advantages of Go: scheduled SMS (send later), private inbox so that you can protect messages from certain numbers, etc. There are more (chat, Facebook, etc), but those are the ones I have used.
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3618737[/URL]]I don't think you can really say which one would be better if you haven't tried both.
Your right, but I gave my humble opinion. It meets my needs and that was my point. To be honest none of us can really say which is better or not truthfully, since all of us have different needs and expectations. We are all giving our opinions to help others. The OP will have to try them out to determain which would be better for them.
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I prefer Go partly because it's snappier and the other part I don't know why.
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Your right, but I gave my humble opinion. It meets my needs and that was my point. To be honest none of us can really say which is better or not truthfully, since all of us have different needs and expectations. We are all giving our opinions to help others. The OP will have to try them out to determain which would be better for them.
I wasn't being offensive. I just pointed that out.

You could have pointed out at least why it was still good for you. You just said that you didnt mind the lag, which didn't really help Handcent's cause at all, as you did verify it lags a bit.
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prefer Go cos it feels just that little bit more customizable. handcent is still pretty decent though.
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Only thing I have against Go is how blatantly they copied Handcent (I haven't got Chomp to compare). I remember when they first released it thinking "they have the same options in their menus in the same order, same customisation options, cannot be a coincidence". They've added a few things since, but their starting point was too close to be just convergence.

Both work well though.
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3623240[/URL]]I wasn't being offensive. I just pointed that out.

You could have pointed out at least why it was still good for you. You just said that you didnt mind the lag, which didn't really help Handcent's cause at all, as you did verify it lags a bit.
I do see your point and you are right. (I was thinking since others mentioned some of the features, I didn't want to repeat them.) What I like about Handcent is the customization, scheduled task, themes, saving of your settings, you can have a different background for the conversation and notice list. You can change the conversation style and color, font size and create groups. I really love the pop-up notification over the lock screen with full function to answer back without having to unlock my phone. Like the speech to text and text to speech. It even has this pull up tab for a much larger space to type in.
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Only thing I have against Go is how blatantly they copied Handcent (I haven't got Chomp to compare). I remember when they first released it thinking "they have the same options in their menus in the same order, same customisation options, cannot be a coincidence". They've added a few things since, but their starting point was too close to be just convergence.

Both work well though.
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I prefer go, because it is free, and it has free themes too, as well as paid ones....I have almost all their stuff....go launcher, go weather, go sms, all free and awesome! Handcent was ok, but go is just better.
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I actually like the stock gingerbread SMS but I supplement it with the Go SMS widget standalone app
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Sorry to bring this up again. With Go SMS is there a way to speak your texts like in the stock messages app?
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Sorry all figured it out. I was pushing the wrong microphone button. Need to push the one on the keyboard of my HOX and not the one in gosms.
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Tried them all and GoSms is the better app with out a question you wont be disappointed.

Edit: You where not lied to it is a great program,i have never received spam texts from GoSms or any app for that mater nor do i see any advertisements ever.I realy dont know what the above person is talking about!any way give it a try and see how you like it every body's needs and style are different so just try it out and if its for you then keep it.Have a great Day...
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Your friend didn't lie to you. Both apps are excellent and have pretty much the same features. Try both and see which you prefer. From reading the forums it seems that most say that GoSMS is faster. Plus you don't have the ads.
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Hi Guys and Gals! I am new here as well, but not new to the Android scene. I have had a Galaxy S and now own a Galaxy Tab, for both instances, I use Go SMS. Its just the best out there. Some would say its cluttered with services, but who can say no to a swiss-army knife sort of app? It works for both small and large displays up to 7". Then again, the largest phone IS 7".
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hello! :P

i havent tried handcent but ive been using gosms since i started using android phone. The app is good, I can send free mms (picture msg), voice rec, video, and greeting cards for free since i use gochat... the only thing is that unlike whatsapp where "pending" msgs will be sent as soon as the internet connection gets well, while the "pending" msgs sent tru gochat will just stay "pending" if not delivered within 10 secs..
is there anybody here who experience the same? thanks!
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I used Handcent for over a year before I changed to Go. There's nothing inherently wrong with Handcent, I just wanted a change (I also went from using LauncherPro to Go launcher at the same time so that probably had more to do with me changing than any problems with Handcent).

I have to admit that I personally prefer Go's themes more than Handcent and I also like the delivery notifications it gives you.

The wife still uses Handcent and she seems perfectly happy with that so for me personally I think it's a wash between the two.
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I installed handcent today on my gsm, because with the new android 2.3.7 I cannot see incoming sms when my phone is locked. The only thing I don't like it the screen which appear in the middle with the text of the sms on it. Actually I only want a sms icoon in the notification bar, and my phone flashing when I receive a sms, also when its locked.

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Disable the pop-op option.
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Never used Handcent, but I did like GoSMS.
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Disable the pop-op option.

Handcent over GoSMS. My vote.
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I used Handcent first and did not like it at all, but it was better than stock. Then I found Go SMS and loved it until they started with all of the login stuff to do backups and everything else.

I went back to Handcent and liked it a lot more than when I first tried it. I also find it less laggy than Go SMS has become as of late.

I've been trying some other SMS apps as well. Pansi was okay, but it didn't last long because it couldn't send any of my photos from my camera as an MMS. I tried another one recently, I forget the name of it however.
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Handcent for sure. Downloaded gosms just to check it out and ended up uninstalling in the first 10mins
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I prefer the appearance of Go (after tweaking one of the themes to my tastes). But I'm using an old version - as with a lot of Go apps they kept adding stuff that was of no interest to me and to my mind cluttered the interface, so I stopped updating.
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I tried both apps. They are quiet identical. I would choose the handcent because its got option of automatic keyboard pop-up for text.
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I prefer GOSMS to Handcent, HOWEVER, there is one thing I wanted to do that I couldn't figure out in Go, so I had to install Handcent for one thing. (then I uninstalled it).

Can you send sounds? I made a ringtone that a friend wanted and I couldn't figure out how to send it to her with GO....

Has anyone else done that?
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I prefer GOSMS to Handcent, HOWEVER, there is one thing I wanted to do that I couldn't figure out in Go, so I had to install Handcent for one thing. (then I uninstalled it).

Can you send sounds? I made a ringtone that a friend wanted and I couldn't figure out how to send it to her with GO....

Has anyone else done that?
When you press the mms button, all the media options show up.

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I prefer GOSMS to Handcent, HOWEVER, there is one thing I wanted to do that I couldn't figure out in Go, so I had to install Handcent for one thing. (then I uninstalled it).

Can you send sounds? I made a ringtone that a friend wanted and I couldn't figure out how to send it to her with GO....

Has anyone else done that?
Are you talking about sending sounds with gosms or handcent?

If you are talking about gosms this is how I do it

open up gosms....type or enter the recipients contact name
look at the icons just below the the text box that you type in
click the icon furthest to the right
this will bring up a box that shows different items oyu can attach
example...pictures...capture picture..videos etc.
There will be an option for audios...click it and then select the file you want to send
Then send it

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I've been a GoSMS user since 2011. They push updates *all* the time, usually with little easter eggs related to an upcoming holiday. For example, before Valentine's Day, if I typed "love", a little EKG-style heart graphic would run. Just a little silly, not too obtrusive.

I've put off upgrading lately, though, because I want to see if anyone else has tried the "My Center and task system". The "What's New" says this will let you "finish simple task to get credit, and use the credit to exchange paid themes". I'd like to know more about the "simple task" they'd like me to complete, and how much credit towards themes I get. I'm sure it's advertising related. :P
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