Android Apps – Go SMS

Generally I don’t really care about all the bugs that people keep reporting in Android and in all the apps. However, the recent news about the bug in the Android SMS app is one that I decided to take seriously. In brief, the app will send the SMS to the wrong person, a person that you did not intent to send the SMS to, chosen, apparently, at random by the SMS app. There were also issues with the display of SMS messages in the inbox. The messages appeared under the wrong persons name and did not display correctly until you actually went into the conversation.

While I don’t think that I have ever faced the problem of my SMS going to the wrong person, I have seen the display issue numerous times. Also, I always felt that the SMS app was really slow. The speed issue was partly fixed when I rooted my Spica and flashed it with the SamdroidMod Eclair, but the display issue still comes up at times.

To avoid any future embarrassment, I decided to switch to another app to handle all my text messages. I went through Handcent and Chomp and then found GoSMS. GoSMS offered the most options and I was able to customize it to look exactly the way I wanted it to look. Something that was nearly impossible with Handcent and Chomp.

Here are a few screens of GoSMS showing the features and also how I have set it up for myself.

I am very happy with how GoSMS is working for me. I have mostly forgotten about the default one that was in the rom. In fact, the next time I cook a rom in the Samdroid Kitchen, I think I will leave out the default apk for the standard messaging app.

4 Responses to “Android Apps – Go SMS”

  1. January 9, 2011 at 10:11 PM #

    You mention that GoSMS is the only one that you can customize like you have in your screenshots? WRONG… Both Handcent and Chomp can achieve those changes. I'm not talking down on it, I use GoSMS myself. I'm just saying that colors can be changed just like in GoSMS.

    • January 10, 2011 at 12:52 AM #

      @david thanks for dropping by. I used both Handcent and Chomp SMS for a few days, but found that the level of control offered by Go SMS was the highest. Thats why Go SMS is my recommendation. Handcent and Chomp are perfectly capable though.

  2. Andrew
    January 11, 2011 at 1:26 AM #

    I too prefer GoSMS over Handcent and Chomp. I wouldn't, however, recommend removing the default Messaging app. Regardless of which MMS app you're using, the stock app still does all the heavy lifting – remove it and it breaks messaging.

    • January 11, 2011 at 1:07 PM #

      @Andrew You are right about the default messaging app. That will have to remain. I have been using GoSMS for a couple of weeks now and it is just great.

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