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.
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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Go SMS Pro
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