Native Messaging / Handcent / ChompSMS?

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.



Android Expert
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.



Thread starter
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?


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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.


Android Expert
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)


Done by choice
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.


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.:)


Done by choice
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.