The only problem is, the recipient/s of the message won't get to see the "wonderful" smileys - unless they are using an Android Device with GoSMS Pro. (although some clients on phones do a good job at translating " :) " to "post-icon" )
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 Go SMS Pro Go SMS Pro: the inevitable conversation view (left) can be tweaked and tweaked (right) Apart from looking good, running smoothly, …
Both Apple and Nokia's SMS clients convert text sequences like :) to graphics. Pretty much all current Nokias from the €30 ones upwards do it, and every iPhone does too.
The app itself looks nice, but it would be nice to see how it deals with MMS picture messaging.
these guys are pretty darned good. if you have any issues with their apps or would like a new feature, just send them an email and it usually gets included in a later release - this is what has made this app so good.
also using their contacts app on my oxygen desire since the default Google contacts is pretty rubbish.
Last time I tried Go SMS Pro, it didn't support basic functions like "Don't convert SMS to MMS" (for those of us who send long SMSs but don't have free MMS on our contract), and it wouldn't break out SMSs sent to more than one person into separate threads. For me, that's enough to put me off the App, despite all the other stuff which is really excellent.
Does this have an option to completely disable threaded SMS?
That's been my biggest annoyance since switching to Android... that there was no way to have a regular SMS view or even change the group by/sort options (on HTC Desire anyway).
What annoys me the most is that it's not even threaded in the GMail "conversation" sense but grouped by sender in ascending date order.
So if you've not contacted someone for a month or so, a new message is deemed to be part of the same conversation.
Even being able to sort the grouped "threads" in descending date order rather than ascending would be an improvement. But the whole thing is generally annoying when you start getting 100+ messages per contact. Personally I would prefer to have the messages grouped by day or not at all, than by contact.
Yeah I'm yet to find a solution for this on Android. Most responses usually go along the lines of "why do you want to?" or "just get used to it".
We seem to be in a world where it's encouraged to expose fewer options to end users and be stuck with UIs agreed on by board members or graphic designers (user experience technicians). I don't care about Fisher Price rounded buttons, bouncy Early Learning Centre icons or gradients. Just give me something that I can make work, the way I want it. It might be faster and use less resources and in turn energy, as well!</rant>
we live in a world where you can go into a shop, try out the phones you like before you purchase one, and if there's a particular feature you don't like ask the shop assistant if you can turn it off, or just look it up online, before you buy the phone. If you want something that:
1) doesn't have threaded messaging
2) doesn't have a fancy GUI
why not just buy a 3310? I can sort of understand where you're coming from, but I don't see how you can really complain if you bought the phone...
It's like me complaining because my Schrodinger Box(TM) doesn't have a cat in it.
Yeah I know, I'm just being an idiot and having a general rant.
It's still a great phone and my experiences with Android so far are good. Would a 3310 let me connect via wifi or let me use TrekBuddy with all my 1:25k OS maps?
But being able to change the grouping of SMS would make this app a definite purchase for me. Combined with Touch Calendar and PowerAmp then all my slight annoyances with Android would be fixed!
Apart from bluetooth tethering, still can't do that unfortunately. Stuck with Wifi hotspot which uses more energy than bluetooth, or tethering by USB cable.
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.
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.
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I've been using Handcent for over a year and just tried Go.
Maybe it's just me, but it seems to be 90% the same... I don't know who got there first, but the customisation dialogs are identical and the general inbox/conversation stylings are too...
I'm going to play with Go for a while, but I can't currently see any features that make me prefer one over the other... am I missing something?
I used Chomp for a while last year, but after coughing up to remove ads, the ads then reappeared after a while. Go is better featured, and appears upon first use to be better in every single way than Chomp. And it's ad-free.
Also the pop-up notification on the standby screen, that allows you to reply directly without opening the whole app, is what the android messaging app should have had in the first place (at least on my X10i, anyway).
... It still suffers from the most annoying of android features.That feature is that you can't see a message's SENT time, only the time the phone received it. If, like me, you turn your phone off overnight or spent a lot of time out of coverage you end up with a slew of messages with no clue as to their relevancy.