Reviewed in Form+Function
Yes, I have reviewed Textra previously, but it's improved leaps and bounds since then! Gone is the "pretty okay" sorta design, it's all Material now, baby. Add that to the good 'ol speed and reliability, and you've got quite a contender in the SMS apps arena. I might just switch back to Textra.
Reviewed in Android app of the day
App of the day Textra was on a prior version of this list, was removed because it was buggy, then re-added because it became awesome again. Textra is a Material Design focused SMS and MMS app that lets you, well, text message people. It comes with a bot that you can text for help if you need it and you have the ability to theme the app using the colors that you want. Every feature is in the free version with the paid version removing the occasional advertisement that you may see.
Twitch016: hands down the best SMS/MMS app I've found. So fast.
Want a beautiful, super fast and highly customizable alternative to your stock Android messaging app? Well today is your day. Textra is simply outstanding!
Comes with a bunch of great features, notably 100+ material design theme / bubble / app icon colors, dark & light modes, bubble styles, scheduled (future) SMS & MMS, delayed sending (stop while sending), slide to delete / call, quick snap camera, multi-select picture gallery, quick reply popup, awesome MMS GROUP messaging, quick voice memos, 21 text sizes, SMS blocker / blacklisting, auto video & picture compression and lots more...
Customize your preferred bubble colors, signatures and notifications (icon color, LED color, sound, vibration, privacy, reminders and muting) PER CONVERSATION as well.
World First: Get the latest 1600+ Android, Twitter, Emoji One & iOS style emojis including diversity (skin tone). Just pick your preferred emoji style, easy!
It's pretty special; try it, tell your friends, shout from the treetops, but most of all enjoy it!
Simple. Beautiful. Fast.
All Textra features are free forever. Occasionally you'll see an ad, or you can choose to make an in-app purchase to never see ads.
Compatible with Pushbullet and MightyText for desktop notifications and replying.
IMPORTANT: Textra does not support DUAL-SIM devices yet.
Support / Knowledge Base / Feedback @ https://textra.uservoice.com