Best SMS Apps for Android Phones and Tablets

By Steve McFarlane

What follows is a roundup of three of the very best SMS apps or Androids. These apps provide a more customizable alternative to the stock Android SMS app, not only in the way the apps manage messages, but also in the way the messaging interface looks and how much the user pays for messaging as well.

Handcent SMS

No roundup of Android SMS apps is complete without taking a look at Handcent SMS. Beyond its powerful messaging features, Hancent SMS offers tons of customization features for the user who wants to make their phone’s SMS app more to their liking. For instance you can change the color and opacity of the chat bubble, and notifications for incoming calls. Speaking of notifications, should you get a message while you are in another app, Handcent SMS will display a SMS popup from where you can directly respond to the message without exiting the application that you are currently in.

As far as responding to a SMS is concerned, you have the option of typing the message or speaking it. While the speech to text feature isn’t as refined as the iPhone’s, it does do a fair job if you speak clearly and don’t need to enter a ton of text using voice recognition. As if the massive list of Handcent SMS features isn’t already impressive, you find hundreds of themes and plugins to further customize the app. Other standout features include of this app includes:

  • SMS popup
  • Group sending
  • MMS support
  • Spell checker
  • 20+ language support
  • Smileys addons
  • Font packs
  • Backup SMS
  • Restore SMS
  • Password protection

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Handcent SMS

We couldn’t conclude our roundup of Android SMS apps without taking a look at Handcent SMS. Beyond its powerful messaging features, Hancent SMS offers tons of customization features for the user who wants to make their phone’s SMS app more to their liking. For instance you can change the color and opacity of the chat bubble, and notifications for incoming calls. Speaking of notifications, should you get a message while you are in another app, Handcent SMS will display a SMS popup from where you can directly respond to the message without exiting the application that you are currently in.

As far as responding to a SMS is concerned, you have the option of typing the message or speaking it. While the speech to text feature isn’t as refined as the iPhone’s, it does do a fair job if you speak clearly and don’t need to enter a ton of text using voice recognition. As if the massive list of Handcent SMS features isn’t already impressive, you find hundreds of themes and plugins to further customize the app. Other standout features include of this app includes:

  • SMS popup
  • Group sending
  • MMS support
  • Spell checker
  • 20+ language support
  • Smileys addons
  • Font packs
  • Backup SMS
  • Restore SMS
  • Password protection

WhatsApp

This Android SMS App is targeted at a different market than is ‘GO SMS Pro’ and Handcent SMS. The app operates in a similar way to the Blackberry Messaging service. In fact, it was developed as a way to avoid being billed by your cell phone service provide for sending SMS. In addition to basic its chat features, Whatsapp users can send video messages, audio notes and pictures to another user or a group of users if they so desire.

Of course, you will still need data service, such as 3G or WiFi, to send messages.  You will be able to use the app for free during the first year but you are required to pay $1.99/year thereafter. Install/QR code

GO SMS Pro

This app is but another impressive solution from the Go Dev Team. Much like their other apps, Go SMS Pro offers tons of customization features that include: chat style pop-ups SMS backup and restore, data encryption, contact blacklisting, a privacy mode and batch modes for adding and deleting contacts, messages and backups.

However, the app really stands out because of the very cool look of its user interface, the inclusion of smiley and emoji icons and animated navigation. Install/QR code

Secure SMS

If you are interested in securing any message you send via SMS you should have a look at Secure SMS. The app encrypts Android SMS messages with AES-128 encryption to ensure that only the recipient with the right key can open the message.

The app also has options to hide messages from the default inbox as well as set separate keys for each contact that secure messages are being sent to.  Install/QR code

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2 Responses to “Best SMS Apps for Android Phones and Tablets”

Katie

One of the best sms app for android phone is also SmsLemon.

Tablet Apps

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