Dinamotxt Review

Dinamotxt Review

Sep 4, 2013

Texting someone is probably most convenient way to talk to a person these days. I personally send thousands of texts a month. When compared to the few hundred minutes a month I talk, if even that many, I see the need for better messaging apps. NOt so much what the app can do, more like where I can use it. Dinamotxt is a pretty great way to text from any connected Android device, as well as a computer.

Dinamotxt-2In a nutshell, Dinamotxt lets the end user sign in via Google+. This is what links all of the devices together. When logging into the website (web.dinamotxt.com), make sure to be logged into the same Google Account as on the phone and/or tablet for everything to sync up.

Once all signed in, everything is pretty straightforward. When a message comes in, it can be read and replied to from any of the devices connected to the account. What I thought was cool too is, I am a longtime user of GO SMS Pro. SOme of the apps like this I have tried don’t work so well with 3rd party SMS apps. Dinamotxt works the same with the stock messaging app and GO SMS Pro.

The speed of Dinamotxt is great. Some other apps have a lag when sending or a longer refresh time for the web portion. Dinamotxt is really quick. I can hear the notification on my phone, switch to the open tab in my browser with Dinamotxt running and the message will be right there.

Sending a message from the website is pretty easy too. There is a little plus sign at the top of the phone pictured. If it’s not visible, press the back arrow on the phone pictured until all of the current message threads are shown. Clicking it will open a new message. Add the contact, type the message and press send. Pretty easy.

Cnectd Wants to Let People Message Not Just Friends and Family, But New People as Well

Cnectd Wants to Let People Message Not Just Friends and Family, But New People as Well

Oct 25, 2012

There are plenty of apps that are built to replace texting services, that allow users to send things like pictures to each other without using their messaging plans, which can get pricey for limited messages or just paying for unlimited services. That’s what Cnectd is. And hey, it does offer easy group messaging, so once multiple users come together, then a service like this has value.

But one thing that Cnectd is trying to do differently is to try and connect people who don’t know each other together. There’s the ability to discover other users of Cnectd that are nearby, which includes their latest status update (initially imported from Facebook if set up with that, though customizable through the app itself), and they can be added as contacts before being contacted. Obviously, there’s a potential element of weirdness by just being contacted by strangers, so it is possible to disable being discovered. Still, it serves as an interesting way to find other users of the app, and it allows it to become a social network of its own, rather than just another proprietary texting service. Cnectd is available for free from Google Play, and it also is available on iOS, and even BlackBerry. Seriously.

TabletSMS: ClockworkMod’s Way to Text from Tablets

TabletSMS: ClockworkMod’s Way to Text from Tablets

Sep 4, 2012

ClockworkMod (not to be confused with custom ROM creator CyanogenMod) has released a new extension for its DeskSMS service for tablets: TabletSMS.

TabletSMS was inspired by Koushik Dutta, member of the ClockworkMod team and creator of DeskSMS, wanting to send text messages from his Nexus 7. So, he wrote an app to do just that. Users install TabletSMS on their tablet, like the Nexus 7, and the DeskSMS app on their phone. Once both accounts are logged in to with the same Google account, it's possible to view and send messages from an Android tablet. Technically, this could be used on another phone or similar device. Want to use the Galaxy Player 5.8 to send texts from that prepaid Android phone? Use TabletSMS. Note that at least in my tests, there appeared to be a delay in getting text notifications on TabletSMS, and through the Google Talk and email notification options. Like other CyanogenMod works, the apps are open-source. The DeskSMS service comes with a 14 day trial, and is $4.99 for one year of service.

Tablet Talk Links Android Tablets to Phones for Texting Purposes

Tablet Talk Links Android Tablets to Phones for Texting Purposes

Aug 14, 2012

Tablet Talk is an app that attempts to bring together tablets and phones in one important regard: texting! For far too long, texting has been limited to just our phones. Tablet Talk, when running on both a phone and a tablet on the same local wifi network, lets the tablet send SMS messages to people through the phone’s messaging connection. This is a handy feature for Android tablet owners, as it means that they don’t have to switch devices in order to carry on a text conversation. Plus, fewer typos thanks to larger keyboards!

As well, it helps to bring Android on par with iOS’s iMessages in a sense. Yes, it’s a third-party app, but it also has the advantage of being able to communicate with actual mobile numbers, instead of those in a locked-in system. Sure, something like Google Voice is a simpler solution, but for those who want to keep texting from their actual mobile number, this could help out. Tablet Talk is available for US $2.99 from Google Play.