Handcent Users - Weigh-in please...

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    I was a long-standing Handcent user on my old D1. There are some really good benefits of using Handcent over the stock message app on the Bionic. So, I finally broke-down and installed Handcent. But, there are some unusual behaviors, some of which have been observed by others.

    - Double notification: I think I got this right by turning off the notification on my stock app.
    - LED notification: I can't get any LED to light up, blink or display any color when a text is received. Any ideas (short of installing a different app!)?
    - Account picture: when I save a picture of me in Handcent, it not only becomes set as my wallpaper (yikes!), but it does not display as me on my side of the "bubble conversation" when texting. Interestingly, If I text myself, the picture is associated with the text recipient (correct!) but it does not display next to me as the originator.

    If anyone has solved the LED notification or account picture, please point me in the right direction.

    Are there other big issues that I need to look out for when using Handcent on the Bionic?

    Thanks!
    -bk
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    I went with ChompSMS on my Bionic, works way better than Handcent IMO
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    so Chomp is better eh.. could you elaborate a bit why? Started using handcent too. not impressed. I don't text much so I see no advantage over the stock app. but am willing to try things out
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    You can customize everything in the app, from the fonts/color/size of everything. You can also customize the notifications and test them. That will let you know if the LED lights are working.
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    If you are getting double notifications you might need to turn notifications off in the stock text app. Go into messaging, the stock one, and turn off notifications.
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    When I used Chomp it keep resetting to default display settings. I sent an email to the dev and never got a response. Now I am back to Handcent and still happy.

    Under notification settings there is a way to turn off the LED function. Maybe it is turned off although I don't know why it would be.

    Good luck.

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    Been using Handcent from day one. It has all the customizable settings as well.
    Turn off all notifications in stock app to avoid doubles. Lcd can be customized over all or by individual contacts in notification settings

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    Once LED function was turned off and then on again, it now works. Nice to have a different colored LED notification for texts.

    Double sound notification did not go away immediately after turning off notification of the stock app. It continued for a handful of texts, then stopped. Weird.

    I still can't get my picture to display on my side of the bubble conversation - but I can live with that.

    Otherwise, Handcent is working as well as it always did on my D1.
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    No problem here with Handcent SMS on my Bionic (came from the original Droid). Turned off the notification in the stock txt app to keep from getting double notifications. Many Many user options.
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    I've been a huge handsent fan from the beginning... I've since switched to go sms... And easily appreciate the differences... For now I find our a much better experience! For what its worth, you might give it a try...

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    Handcent also allows you to chose music directly for ringtones from stock launcer settings!
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    Go sms allowed me to use music option to user my mr.bean notify from zedge...
    Not to mention a ton of theme options.

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    Handcent all the way IMO ... nothing at all wrong ..
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    +1

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    My opinion for loving handcent is probably not why most of ya'll love it. I am deaf, and love the fact that I can set a custom vibrate pattern for incoming texts, so its much easier for me to tell if I have a text (read asap) or just email, facebook, etc, etc
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    I was a handcent fan through amd through until I tried gosms. I don't remember what it is I like so much better about gosms but every time I try andcent, I quickly go back to gosms.

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    This is also me 100%. Never had any problems with GoSMS and I love their launcher but you can do so much more with Handcent. Also I haven't had any problems with it. dancedroid
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    I used GoSMS today and didn't like it. Seems a little too cutesy for my use. Didn't see how it is faster/more responsive than Handcent either. Maybe I am missing something?
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    I've got one issue: I was a happy Handcent user on my OG Droid, but when I got my new Bionic, I noticed that background photos looked terrible. They're pixelated and super-low resolution, although the .jpg's themselves are all high quality. Has anyone else had this problem? And have you found a fix?

    My solution was to move over to Go SMS Pro, and I've been entirely happy with it.
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    Actually you can customize GoSms to look exactly like handcent... You can choose bubble message strings or block message strings and go with any color you choose. Has pretty much the same features for customizing the appearance as handcent.

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