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Had Handcent, switched to chompSMS, back to Handcent

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by messenger13, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member
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    Just as the title states, when the stock Messaging app wasn't cutting it, I installed Handcent. But it started flaking out on me, so I dumped it and went to the more-reliable chompSMS. I liked it a lot. But to be completely honest, I missed some of the features of Handcent. But reliability is Job 1, so I kept chompSMS for a few weeks.

    <fast forward>

    Then I heard that Handcent received a major update a few days ago, so I replaced chompSMS with Handcent. So far so good. I got all the features back, and I haven't had one single issue in days of texting. So if you're like me and you left Handcent for chompSMS, you may want to give the new version a spin.
     

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  2. tocticclocks

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    I read somewhere that you can't customize notification tons with Handcent. Is that true? Its really the only if keeping me from switching to it from Chomp.
     
  3. messenger13

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    Umm ... not 100% sure I know what you're referring to. But Handcent has downloadable font packs, and themes that chompSMS does not have. Handcent can also mimic the stock Messaging app, unlike chompSMS.

    Can you be more specific?
     
  4. tocticclocks

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    Oh woops! I meant tones*.

    Hahaha misspelling that added a COMPLETELY different meaning!
     
  5. messenger13

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    You can have a unique ringtone, LED color, and notification color for each contact. Doesn't get much more customizable than that. Unless I'm missing your point.

    Oh, not to mention bubble settings and signature settings per contact.
     
  6. CatsTide

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    yes,you can select notification tones
     
  7. tocticclocks

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    Ah yes. Okay. Thank you!
     
  8. Redflea

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    Have they fixed the issue where it would always launch to the last conversation, rather than to the conversation list? I remember the issue I was having was they were making it hard to get to the conversation list - very annoying!
     
  9. messenger13

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    I had been texting with my daughter, so I was just using the quick reply feature. You know, where the box just pops up and you reply, send, and you're done. For the sake of your question, I just tapped the Handcent icon and the message list popped up. I don't know if that satisfies you, just tellin' the story. ;)
     
  10. GrandMasterB

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    Yewwtah!
    Noooooo Joe!!! Its a trick! ;)
     
  11. messenger13

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    I'm tellin' ya man. It is really nice. I am in heaven over here. First, they fix Handcent. Then I find that my K-9 Mail version is way out-dated. And then Sweeter Home gets fixed! This puppy is running like a finely-tuned macheene!!! :cool:
     
  12. ladybadger2007

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    I had reinstalled handcent, but it would always pop up the first text I recieved that day unsted of the new text bubble so I uninstalled. Has this issue been fixed too? this was only a couple days ago.
     
  13. square

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    i never left handcent.
     
  14. njKeever

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    +1

    Not that I've never had any issues, I just can't give up all the features.
     
  15. messenger13

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    Make sure you update if you haven't for more than a few days. This new version is KILLER!
     
  16. GrandMasterB

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    Yewwtah!

    When I last used Handcent, a week or two ago, I was having serious lag issues. But based on your endorsement ;) I will give it a go once again.

    Thanks Joe!
     
  17. CatsTide

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    yeah right...never listen to me :(
     
  18. kbayer

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    In the android market, why the bad reviews for Chomp and Handcent? If I download both and give them a try, are they both easily removed if they give me problems? Based on your recommendations, I don't anticipate any, but just in case...
     
  19. messenger13

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    It's your avatar Dude! It gives off a bad Aura! :D
     
  20. messenger13

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    Yes, they are easy to uninstall. I wouldn't run both at the same time though. hehe

    You'll need to disable notifications from the stock app if when you run either Handcent or chompSMS.

    As for the bad reviews ... simple. Users are stupid! They can't figure out how to walk and chew gum at the same time, so they blame it on Juicy Fruit and Nike. :D
     
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    Classic line.........:D
    I think I'll print it and frame it!
     
  22. magnus

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    Does Handcent still drain the battery? I thought that that was one of the big issues....or am I wrong?
     
  23. Redflea

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    OK, Joe...I'm gonna try again. Main reason is that the Chomp pop-up appears but won't allow me to reply when the phone is locked...IRRC the Handcent pop-up worked when the phone was locked.

    If you're misleading us, Joe, Grandmaster and I are gonna put juicy fruit in your Nikes! ;)
     
  24. messenger13

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    Haven't noticed anything unusual. I'll try to keep an eye on that now that you mention it.

    Good! Then I'll have something to blame the next time an app don't work! :D
     
  25. JYo

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    I wasn't receiving picture messages with handcent, and uninstalled it awhile ago. I've been using the stock app on my Droid (yawn, it's boring!), and would love to go back to handcent...
    Any ideas on picture messages?
     

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