Text Groups and Blacklist People with POWOW

Text Groups and Blacklist People with POWOW

May 22, 2012

Handmark, publisher of various games and creators of Go SMS, have launched their newest SMS replacement app for Android, POWOW. There’s a few features that try to push this above the gaggle of other SMS replacement apps out there. Most importantly, this app is designed for group texts, allowing users to easily send texts to up to 10 people at once. This makes it easier to communicate with groups of friends, coordinating plans like going out at night in a much easier way than through the default Android messaging app. The app supports the current messaging list, MMS transmission, and an easy one-tap button for speech-to-text input.

But what might be the best feature of POWOW? The ability to blacklist people. SMS spammers being annoying? Blacklist them! Is that ex that still texting, and it’s for everyone’s benefit if their text messages just don’t pop up? Then blacklist them. The app is a free ad-supported download, and has a $4.99 in-app purchase to disable ads.

ChompSMS Review

ChompSMS Review

Feb 22, 2012

These days, SMS apps on smartphones are must-have for people who communicate more through text messaging than making phone calls. For Android, there are tons of free SMS apps in the Market and it can get pretty confusing. So we’ll help out by reviewing ChompSMS, a sleek, powerful messaging app. ChompSMS is a robust replacement for the phone’s native messaging app. It offers more options for maximum performance and functionality for text messaging.

The first thing to notice when beginning to use ChompSMS is its smooth performance. Scrolling through conversation lists and messages is a pleasant experience with the speed and fluidity this app delivers. It’s also a breeze to open and reply to messages and the app never had a lag as I was using it for this review. Even long messages that took a while to open with other SMS apps, ChompSMS had no problem pulling up in a fraction of a second.

The app has a simple and straightforward interface. There are free themes that can be downloaded from the Market, and even those are also quite toned down and minimalist in design. Like its competitors, ChompSMS also offers some ability to customize the overall look of the app such as manually changing the look and feel of the conversation lists.

Although ChompSMS offers similar customization functions as other apps, these are rather basic and lack the variety offered by other apps such as GoSMS or Handcent. However, these extras may be necessary for the app to function as fast as it does.

To compensate for the lack of customization options, ChompSMS has options not found in other apps, such as configuring the phone’s physical buttons to send or reply to messages. With Quick Compose, it is possible to choose between the phone’s camera or search button to compose and send a text message without going into the app itself. Another feature that’s unique to this app is ChompSMS credits. It allows you to buy these credits for lower rates when sending SMS worldwide. This may not be applicable to everyone, but it’s a handy option to have in any case.

When it comes down to it, ChompSMS is a notable contender for a fully functional and powerful SMS app albeit sparse in extra tricks. For users that prefer speed over design and stability over fluff, then ChompSMS is the app to try – and stick with.