So Many Smileys
You can also assign various custom features to individual contacts or groups so that they receive a certain signature with your messages or you get a custom alert when they send you a text.
Lots of smileys included (left) and more plug-ins (right) are coming, we're promised
The background art and theme can also be changed for individuals and groups so you can use the sombre grey colour scheme for business and the lovey-dovey Valentines Day theme for people you are getting moist with.
Another handy feature for the serious texter is batch handling which lets you delete or back-up you messages to your SD card en masse. Once backed-up, they can then be re-imported following a handset change or an Android update.
Some parts are a tad naff
The app also supports all the more usual SMS functions like stock replies that you can select from and add too. Go has even cooked up a selection of 73 soppy Valentine's messages though I’d prefer a list of clever excuses that I could send to my editor explaining why I’ve missed deadline.
A final feature worth mentioning is the option to run the app in either Lite, Normal, Pro or a custom mode. The idea is that owners of older or more gutless handsets can turn off some of the more demanding features in the name of performance. ®
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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???