While the stock messaging app on Android does the job well enough, it lacks some of the features that power users are used to maximizing in other components of Android.
Unfortunately many of the third-party messaging apps are buggy or just plain ugly. Sliding Messenger makes a strong run at being feature-complete enough to take over one’s communication duties. As the name implies it uses the Jelly Bean-favored sliding panels to quickly move between a conversation, messaging list, or beginning a new SMS.
It also has more options for customizing the messaging experience. You can choose a different vibrating sequence and notification light; the former is something I missed when switching from an iPhone to a Galaxy Nexus (I since have moved on to a Nexus 4). [Read more…]