3 Best SMS App Replacements For Android Comparison and Review

Android’s stock SMS app lacks many features for pro text senders or even to a person who uses it frequently. Some of major lacks in stock SMS app are- limitations for group or send to many, proper security, use of different ringtone for different contacts etc. So here are some major apps lined up for you.

1. Go SMS Pro

This is yet another beautiful app from GO team and that too for FREE! GO SMS is designed with so much elegance in style that you’ll fall in love with this texting app. It has a very beautiful user interface which will enhance your texting experience. As like in the Launcher, Go team here also gave you some great transition effects with ultimate use of animations and transitions.

        

Go SMS comes with three tabs to swap through viz, main SMS window, Contacts and Group window and Application Center. Application Center is a great area with loads of options like Theme Store to create and apply themes, Private Box where you get your “Private Inbox” in which you can add and lock private contact’s SMS. With this feature you can also folder, favorite or block SMS from particular contacts.

Yet another feature included by Go team is “Schedule SMS”. Now there is no need to get an app separately for scheduling SMS. More options include Taking screenshots within the application and Web GO SMS. To extend functionality of Go SMS, you can also install add-ons like FB chat, theme maker, widget and message counter etc.

        

The application window is not only the store house of Go SMS app; developers added a lot more in this tiny winy app which even can be moved to SD Card. Even you can apply themes to Go SMS to add some fun part there.

Options in this app comes in three tabs with full of options like Batch Mode to select delete multiple SMS’s, Search SMS, Auto Reply, Security Lock, Online SMS, Night Mode screen to reduce strain on those night texting creatures. Delete all and mark as read are more functionality in the store.

GO SMS pops SMS on screen for received SMS’s and even runs like a scroller in system tray. Yet another feature GO SMS offers is SMS backup and Restore so there’s no need of another application to backup and restore SMS. It also sends back up files to mail, hence you will never lose your data. So overall GO SMS is simply “Chota packet bada dhamaka”

Hit– Awesome UI, Themes, Custom notifications, Custom Icons, Animations and Transition effects, Private Inbox, Scheduler, Backup and Recovery, Folder, Favorite, Batch select and delete, and loads of options..

Miss– SMS read

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2. Chomp SMS

Chomp SMS is a simple and basic application to give more than a stock SMS app. Chomp comes with simplistic and basic interface added with some features like enhanced group SMS, speak unread SMS’s and Schedule SMS.

        

Chomp SMS also pops SMS on receiving and even runs like a scroller in system tray. Chomp SMS doesn’t provide much more features but it’s for those who want some more features than that of the stock one.

        

Hit– very Simple Interface, Enhanced Group SMS, my contacts (chomp based), Schedule SMS, speak unread,

Miss– Better UI, Private Box, Security, Folders, Favorites, Backup and Restore, etc.

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3. Handcent SMS

Handcent SMS is a simple yet some cool feature filled SMS app available in Google Play which would help you to replace stock SMS client. Handcent gives major options like Enhanced Group SMS, Schedule SMS, Privacy Box and Send to recent contacts, Select/Delete multiple SMS/Threads and choose display styles, etc. which lacks stock SMS app.

        

Handcent gives additional options like Profiles, Talk, Backup, MMS+, Ecards and Themes but to access these added feature one has to register with Free Handcent service without which they aren’t accessible. Handcent SMS too has a simplistic user interface offering nothing new but it comes with better features than that of Stock SMS app.

        

Hit– Schedule, privacy box, screenshots, Group SMS, recent contact, select and delete multiple, notification settings, styles, Backup, Profiles, Talk, MMS+, Ecards etc.

Miss– Better UI, Folder View, Favorites, Security, need to register to Handcent Service to access major features, etc.

Download Handcent SMS

Final Verdict– So we’ve clear winner who grabs the crown of Best SMS app to replace the stock one is GO SMS Pro with its loads of option which never lets you down nor you need any other SMS related app.

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  1. Sasikumar says:

    Excellent post. The way you represented is brilliant… Thanks..

  2. Jay Gohel says:

    Very nice and Good for the beginners and too useful to know about it.

  3. Pascal says:

    Sadly GO SMS Pro went from being a real awesome replacement to the biggest shit I know (okay, maybe not that bad but still really really bad)

    With the update there is no way to backup your data and even more annoying not to import your existing backups. Also you are more or less forced to download GO Chat and create an GO Cloud trial account or you will be spammed with it all the time.

    I used it nearly 2 years but now it’s banned from my phone!

    Great post anyway – I’ll try handcent sms for now or give the stock sms app another ics try 🙂

  4. kevin says:

    Go SMS Pro is amazing I’ve used it for about a year+ now I used it on my go and now on my matrix HD lte. I’m loving the updates they make it run nicer and more sleek and its more smooth with the interface.

  5. mary says:

    I tried and I like sms pro. Thanks for it because now my friends are hooked on it as well.

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