Whats the big deal with Handcent SMS?

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    I tried Handcent briefly, but I'm using Google Voice for SMS so I never spent much time with it. I've looked at the screenshots, and I just don't get it. What does everyone like so much about Handcent SMS?
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    Hey,

    made me laugh., cuz i never use anything else than the stock SMS app.
    But i think handcent has some advantages, but i cant think of one for me :D

    Tigger
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    Customization, ease of use and better features than the "stock" sms/mms
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    i used to love it becuz it just looked nicer with the bubbles and custom colors and crap. i've uninstalled it though becuz it's just too slow. i'm happy with stock:D
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    Oh.. so the biggest thing is it's prettier? That's disappointing. Rumor has it they're going to add GV support so I was hoping it would be an exciting switch, but I suppose I'll find out eventually.
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    i thought handcent allowed you to attach things to MMS/SMS messages the stock app didn't? like voice clips or something (maybe i'm way off). but for me, it's not worth it. the cartoon bubbles make it harder to read imo.
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    You can send audio with Handcent SMS, you can't with stock.
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    For me it's easier to look at and more customizable in that area. Also GV does not support MMS so no pics or videos come through and they do an Handcent/default app. Also Handcent has voice to text option . There may be more.

    I do use GV for the heavy messaging friends (I don't have unlimited messaging) and they know that if they send me a MMS, then to send to the normal cell number.
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    I like the customization a lot, and I have no issues with slow speed......
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    I've actually thought the same thing. The GV app works fine for me. I only text through GV.
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    the main reason i like it is because you can change what color the led should flash when you get an sms. with the stock sms app it blinks green, like every other notification does, which is kind of annoying. they also update the application pretty regularly which is reassuring.

    it's all about customization. :)
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    the quick reply thing is the best part if you are working it just pops up you answer and its gone and you are still doing what you were doing
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    DITTO!! Great feature. Also as someone else posted it does let you attach a photo along with a sound file which the stock sms will not
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    Quick reply with the auto pop up is my #1. MMS options, along with group sms and of course the customization all the way around. Ability to break more than 160 characters into multiple sms messages and also the option to actually turn your very large sms into a mms if it gets to big.Oh yeah...i have used the voice to text option as well.
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    I like Handcent because I can also send a text to multiple recipients simultaneously. I can also type out a 160+ character SMS and Handcent will split it up for me automatically, regardless of the recipient's plan/phone.
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    I didn't see it already being said, but Handscent also has voice to text so you can speak your text message. Won't be a big deal once 2.1 drops and every text box has it but for now it comes in handy some.

    My main on is like others though, I like the popup notification.
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    Handcent also has blacklisting, which the stock app does not.
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    I use handcent and never had an issue with it being slow, and it also give you more functions. But one of the great thing about this phone is we have all the options that we do. :D
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    FYI...Handcent just released an update I believe yesterday that solved any lag it may have. Just make sure to reboot after install (at least that's what I did and noticed a BIG difference)

    As for why I use it....


    • Bubbles
    • MMS cababilities
    • Color coding sender/recipient colors
    • pop up quick reply
    • message splitting (over 160 characters)
    • customization
    • and most of all........................................................................I like it!!! :)
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    You can change how the bubbles look, I didn't like the default setting either but the others are nice. You can have it switch to the normal Android way if you want.

    I downloaded it mainly because I wanted the message to popup on the screen and not have me pull down the notification bar, then open it. Nice customization as well, nice to have the led flash another color. Now I know what kind of message is waiting for me based on what color the led is. :)
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