Go SMS Pro
Spice up your text life
Android App of the Week A giant leap forward from the stock Android SMS client, Go SMS Pro is the latest offering from the Go development team, the folk behind Go Launcher EX and Go Weather.
Go SMS Pro: the inevitable conversation view (left) can be tweaked and tweaked (right)
Apart from looking good, running smoothly, having numerous wallpaper and theme options and a handy widget, Go SMS Pro has a couple of features up its sleeve that really can enhance your text life.
To start with a side-swipe from the main message panel takes you to a folder page that gives instant access to your sent, draft and scheduled messages as well as your in and out boxes.
Anther swipe takes you to a plug-ins page which though rather sparsely populated at the moment with only a wallpaper maker and yet-to-be activated Facebook chat feature suggests more goodies to come.
Schedule sends (left) and file your messages to your heart's content (right)
Scheduled messages? Yes indeed. Go SMS Pro will let you compose or reply to a message and send the message at a any predetermined time in the next 24 hours.
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WTF sort of texts are you sending that need encrypting?
Reg reviews always short on checking the competition
Does seem a bit lazy reviewing the 'best apps' if they don't make some pretence of comparing features with the closest rivals.
Last time I tried GO SMS it was even flakier than the built in SMS app and it just annoyed the hell out of me in general. But this is Android, where only the built in apps stand still and 'best app' is always a temporary thing. What I really need to know is: why should I switch from Handcent to this, why is it better than Chomp, what other competing apps are there?
The Reg review team need to up their game.
All I can say is...
...that I hope the plethora of spelling / grammar / punctuation errors in the Valentine's Messages is not indicative of the quality of everything else.
Well, I was going to ask if it had a built in spell-checker (something that is clearly missing from virtually every SMS app that people currently use) ... but looks like that question is now redundant.
Seriously, with a "proper" keyboard (albeit on a touchscreen) there really isn't any excuse not to correctly spell and punctuate messages any more.
Ive been using Chomp SMS now for over a year on Android and it already does most of these things, so whats the main functional differences between the two packages, apart from the little gimicks like the 73 Valentines Day poems???