Native Messaging / Handcent / ChompSMS?

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  1. stimulatedboredom

    stimulatedboredom Active Member
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    Curious about people's thoughts about these different messaging options.

    Removing / barring the pre-update issues with the native messaging app on the phone, which one of these do you prefer?

    I am currently using the native app, seems fine to me, I like that I can link contacts to FB etc. Not necessarily looking for something that plagiarize's the iPhone messenger (cartoon bubbles), but I am always open to something new if it is better than the app preloaded on the phone.

    If you don't use the native app, is there a widget for Handcent or Chomp (like the native) to make viewing and responding easy?

    Just looking for feedback / opinion.

    Thanks
     

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  2. jimdroid

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    I used HandCent before the rom update. After the update, I switched back to the native SMS program. But recently I switched back. I like the bubbles :) and the configurability.

    Handcent has a widget that shows the number of unread texts you have; not sure about ChompSMS.

    It's easy enough to try: just go the the stock app, disable notification, download Handcent or Chomp and try it for a few days.

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  3. stimulatedboredom

    stimulatedboredom Active Member
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    Yeah, Handcent seems to be the preferred option. I do think it looks cool...can you still link images to contacts when you get messages?

    Also, if I simply turn off notification in native, is it still running in background? Are you given an option to make one the default over the other to not have 2 apps running in the background?
     
  4. BSki

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    Chomp doesn't do mms, so no photos there.

    I find handcent to be really choppy with the keyboard and just slow, so I went back to the native app. Maybe it was just the popup, but I found the keyboard to be almost unusable for the first 5 seconds trying to respond to a text.

    Native app I don't have a problem, but I do kind of miss that popup.

    I also miss how handcent shows the photos in the list.
     
  5. Howie

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    I haven't tried Chomp, but like Handcent just for the sole feature that I can customize notification so it vibrates longer (and actually be felt vs the extremely short and quick native apps vibrates)
     
  6. eyebeam

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    Handcent here as well. I Like being able to customize it.
     
  7. Kelmar

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    I've used all three and decided to stick with the native messaging program.

    Handcent gave me nothing but problems and never would work right on my phone.

    Chomp, for me was a better option, but it does not do MMS. I don't do many MMS but when I did want to it was a headache.

    Post update I went back to the native app. Why? Well, Chomp and Handcent all pull their information from the native app. Neither one had extra features that I liked or used. No need to switch so I stuck with what worked.
     
  8. Gizmodo

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    The one thing I like about Handcent over the Native is I can use voice with it; speak and it types the text for me. Does Native do that? I don't care about the bubbles n stuff in Handcent.:)
     
  9. Kelmar

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    Not that I'm aware of.

    Perhaps there is an app on the market that does it? I guess at that point you might as well stick with Handcent if it works.
     
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