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Old August 5th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which one do you guys prefer and why?
1.) Go SMS Pro
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Handcent. Hands down. Feature packed, easily customizable, simply great app.
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I have been a long time Handcent user but never liked how it handled picture slides. In the last week I tried GO SMS and like how it does the picture slides. Other than that they both seem really close to the same.
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GoSMS. Hands down.
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They're all crap as far as I can tell. I replace the samsung one with the standard android one, slightly modified
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GoSms IMHO = crap
Handcent IMHO = crap
Chomp sms IMHO = crap.

They all "add additional functionality" yet they all have their quirks and not one of them manages to present a pure black theme without being ugly.

A black AOSP messaging app blews all 3 out of the water (IMHO)
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not one of them manages to present a pure black theme without being ugly.
With GoSMS, you can create your own theme. Black, white, blue, purple...
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.. yet remains ugly. Don't be offended I don't agree with you. Its a subjective question after all
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And remains ugly. Don't be offended I don't agree with you. Its a subjective question after all
Its all good.
I'm not offended just because i'm defending Go.
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Its all good.
I'm not offended just because i'm defending Go.
To each their own.
If it helps, I use go launcher almost religiously

I can never find a nice contacts app either. They all either fail to be purely black or contain naff rendering effects. I want flat black


And thanks for saying "to each.. " instead of "each to..."... annoys me nearly as much as "could care less" instead of "couldn't care mess"

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I'm currently using GoSMS pro. Only thing that I don't like about it that the stock messaging has is the swipe left goes straight to text and swipe right lets you call, I really like that.
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I'm currently using GoSMS pro. Only thing that I don't like about it that the stock messaging has is the swipe left goes straight to text and swipe right lets you call, I really like that.
GoContacts doesn't have the swipe feature.
But when you click on the contact, you have the option to click on message or call.
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They're all crap as far as I can tell. I replace the samsung one with the standard android one, slightly modified
Can I do that without Rooting and how?

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I like Chomp, used it for several years now. Tried the others and just didn't care for them.
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I'm actually looking for a good sms app is well I have yet to find 1 that fits all my needs. Right now I'm using chomp
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i just want to send batch messages to more than 10 people otherwise the stock sms app is good enough for me. any recommendations?
also i dont want it to b a battery or memory hog. im currently using handcent and i find it nice but it also has a limit of 15 receivers per sms and has too many useless features
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I'm looking for an sms app that handles groups. By that I mean that when I receive a text message that's also sent to others, my message lists everyone on the distribution and when I reply it goes to everyone. Go SMS Pro handles it sometimes, but not at other times. Handcent SMS requires you to download something that moves it from an individual into the group message. Also, the app must do this when communicating with iPhone's iMessage since we mostly text with family on iPhones. Any suggestions appreciated.
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But go sms, no more local back up
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What do you mean? My Go SMS Pro v4.66 backs up to sdcard daily at 0300.
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What do you mean? My Go SMS Pro v4.66 backs up to sdcard daily at 0300.
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Really? When i try to baxkup, it shows backuping to cloud server, i cant see anything to backtp sd card just like at old versions. How do you do that?
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Really? When i try to baxkup, it shows backuping to cloud server, i cant see anything to backtp sd card just like at old versions. How do you do that?
On my Go SMS Pro I go to Menu/Settings/Go SMS Services/Settings Backup and Restore. Then I can enable Auto schedule backup eg, Daily and set Backup period eg, Daily.
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On my Go SMS Pro I go to Menu/Settings/Go SMS Services/Settings Backup and Restore. Then I can enable Auto schedule backup eg, Daily and set Backup period eg, Daily.
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Can you try manual back up and restore please? MAybe this wont let.
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Cool thing with gosms pro is u can send unlimited (okay Idk about that) but I sent 75 people a text at once unlike the stock messaging app
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Which one allows you to keep the lock screen the same as using the default one, with the circle?
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Which SMS app can give me time up to second. In the default SMS app time is up to minute.
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Which one do you guys prefer and why?
1.) Go SMS Pro
2.) Chomp SMS
3.) Handcent SMS
I've tried them all and they are all over complicated and add nothing special. The standard app is great apart from the one MASSIVE flaw in it.

When your phone is locked (you lock the phone to for many reasons, one being you don't want people looking at your private information and messages) the samsung app insists in waking up the screen and displaying your personal private message to anyone who can see your phone. Absolutely fantastic if you work in a private office and your girlfriend sends you a rude message /sarcasm.

I just don't understand the mentality of displaying messages in the notification bar, there should be an option to disable that functionality.
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Ok I'm having an issue my girl has a galaxy 3s and I have a htc Evo 3d she is using the verizion messages app cause she only has use of one eye from an accident. Well the problem is when her text show up on my phone there's spaces in between every letter and it's bulky I can't download the verizon app cause my phone is virgin mobile is there any text messaging apps that will resolve this cause I don't want her to use the regular messaging but it's killing my eyes on my end thanks
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the only quirk I dont like about the stock is it makes picture messages look like a 5 second video even if its from another galaxy s3
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I've used Handcent in the past but converted to GO SMS Pro. Haven't looked back since.
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Go sms is my fav. Lots of options
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I'm looking for an sms app that handles groups. By that I mean that when I receive a text message that's also sent to others, my message lists everyone on the distribution and when I reply it goes to everyone. Go SMS Pro handles it sometimes, but not at other times. Handcent SMS requires you to download something that moves it from an individual into the group message. Also, the app must do this when communicating with iPhone's iMessage since we mostly text with family on iPhones. Any suggestions appreciated.
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i prefer go sms, but i seem to be having trouble with text messages and keyboard issues in general. no matter which one i try, so i try to avoid texting.
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I've used Handcent in the past but converted to GO SMS Pro. Haven't looked back since.
Yep. I used Handcent religiously until I found Go SMS. I love it. Customizable, Stable, Feature Rich (I have never had a problem with it on my GS3 Verizon)

The only thing that I am noticing, is even if I set the blink speed of my LED light when a message comes in, it only blinks for E-mail, NOT for SMS/MMS. Anyone else have this issue?

Either way, Go SMS hands down. (Go Launcher is also the best Home app as well. IMO)
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I used to use GoSMS pretty religiously but I quite like the stock messager. The only thing I miss about GoSMS is the ability to customize the color of the LED notification. Having it set to a certain color for texts was surprisingly helpful.
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The stock messenger would be fine if it did group messaging. Without group messaging its useless. I use handcent but im noticing on the S3 that it doesnt always lock the app when exiting. Its annoying that you can just click back on the app and your messages just appear with having to put in a code.
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Iv been using Chomp and it was great, i created my own theme and then this morning i opened a text message and it made me aware that my 'add free' trail had ended, i now have advertisments under my messages which is a complete let down. I would go for one of the others!

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been using handcent for years, and love that you can install the emoji plugin - works great :]
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Been using Chomp since about the first day on my phone and BiteSMS when i was an iPhone user. Just can not beat the quick reply and quick compose option. I tried some of the others very briefly but found none of them had the quick compose option.
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has anyone had a problem with GoSMS taking a while to load up texts? like having a group chat mine always ends up freezing up a bit and then getting the message?
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I recommend GroupME from Skype. It has its own app that works over data but also works with SMS. Best part no one but the person setting up the group needs to sign up for it.
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My preferred SMS is GoSMS. Can't even tell you why at this point. I just remember trying Handscent and then switching back to the built in app, then trying Go and never looking back.
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Yep. I used Handcent religiously until I found Go SMS. I love it. Customizable, Stable, Feature Rich (I have never had a problem with it on my GS3 Verizon)

The only thing that I am noticing, is even if I set the blink speed of my LED light when a message comes in, it only blinks for E-mail, NOT for SMS/MMS. Anyone else have this issue?

Either way, Go SMS hands down. (Go Launcher is also the best Home app as well. IMO)
I use Lightflow, to blink different colors/rates for different things. The light version is free.
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I used Handcent for a long time but decided to try Go SMS because it is more powerful (customizable), and have been using it for some time. The feature I wanted was the ability to have custom notification tones for specific people (both do this), but Go SMS has this weird idiosyncrasy that drives me nuts - my ringtones seem to be in a random order (not alphabetical when assigning them so I have to painstakingly look for each tone. Handcent sorts them alphabetically so it is easy to find a particular tone, if you know the name of it.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #49 (permalink)
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go sms hands down..no question!
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Old March 13th, 2013, 05:09 PM   #50 (permalink)
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My fav for the past year was Pansi SMS. I still really like it but the wake locks draining the battery bothered me so I got rid of it. That and it wouldn't do MMS'ing at all. Annoying.

I guess I'm on the ugly-ass stock app now, but I do miss the quick notification pop ups.
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