BiteSMS vs Messages+ for iOS 5: which should you use?
The amazingly functional and customizable BiteSMS takes on the deeply integrated and easy to use Messages+ in a battle of the jailbreak messaging apps
Are you jailbroken on iOS 5 and wondering whether you should purchase BiteSMS or Messages+? Both applications add quick reply functionality and make messaging more functional. But which is a better choice for you?
BiteSMS for iOS 5
BiteSMS has been a long time favorite when it comes to messaging enhancement applications. Many competitors have come and gone while BiteSMS seemingly manages to stay at the top of its game.
One thing that sets BiteSMS apart is its ability to customize almost every aspect of your experience. You can choose what buttons you'd like to show up on your quick reply windows such as send, open, close, mark for later, Skype, FaceTime, templates, and more. The quick compose feature provides the option of auto-populating contacts. You can choose for it to auto show favorites, the last person you messaged, and more.
If you send a lot of international text messages, Bite allows you to buy credits to use on their own network. I don't necessarily recommend it as a way not to have traditional text messaging as the rates aren't cheaper than most carriers domestic rates. They are, however, cheaper than most carrier international texting rates. AT&T, for example, charges $10/month for 100 international messages. After that, it's $0.20 per message. You can set up per contact rules for sending messages as well. So if you have certain contacts in a different country, only then will Bite utilize your credits. Bite's prices are as follows -
- $6 for 50 SMS credits
- $12 for 105 SMS credits (includes 5 free credits)
- $24 for 215 SMS credits (includes 15 free credits)
- $60 for 550 SMS credits (includes 50 free credits)
- $120 for 1200 SMS credits (includes 200 free credits)
While BiteSMS has a sleek user interface in its own right, you can definitely tell it isn't something made by Apple. People who choose to theme and don't like the stock look of iOS may actually prefer this. Those of you who like to stick with the stock look may have an issue with it. It's also worth noting that BiteSMS is compatible with both LockInfo and IntelliscreenX.
Messages+ for iOS 5
Messages+ is an update of the messaging enhancement app TLert. The update not only brought a more streamline experience but deep integration into iOS 5. It literally looks like something Apple would release.
While BiteSMS aims to bring you an array of different customizations and user controls, Messages+ aims to be an easy to use add-on that just works. There's next to nothing to configure. You just enable Messages+ and set up a quick compose gesture and you're on your way. Messages+ also comes built-in to IntelliscreenX.
If your main reason for wanting a messaging enhancement app is to not have to stop what you're doing to compose a message, Messages+ will provide this functionality without any added icons. It simply adds a quick reply and quick compose function to the default iOS messaging app.
While Messages+ ties in nicely with IntelliscreenX, it is not currently supported by LockInfo. If you're a LockInfo user, BiteSMS is going to be your best option. We don't know if LockInfo will add support for Messages+ in the future.
BiteSMS vs Messages+ - which is better?
There's no arguing that BiteSMS still has plenty more features and controls than Messages+. It will really come down to what you personally need from a messaging enhancement application.
I personally prefer Messages+ over BiteSMS as I don't send that many international texts and just desire quick reply and quick compose functionality. I also like the stock feel of iOS and Messages+ gives me that. There are no added icons or tons of settings to configure before you start using it. Enable it, set a quick gesture for composing, and you're done.
There are no doubt users out there who care more about control and functionality than interface and ease of use. For those of you that think heavily of these things, BiteSMS is probably going to serve you much better over the long run. Let us know what you decide on and why. Make sure to check out our other resources below for tons of jailbreak apps, themes, tips, and more!
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BiteSMS, however, allows you to automatically open to your favorites (as stored in the Phone app) and start typing from there. If you'd like to call a person in your favorites, just press the volume up button and click the phone icon next to their name. Get a text and would like to FT that person, BiteSMS handles that effortlessly as well.
I'm sure most of this was covered in the video. I didn't watch it as i have used both products for a while and wanted to share my opinion not based on what I saw from the clip (although I'm sure it was excellent :))
Just like all other jailbreak debates, though, I'm glad that we have a variety of tweaks to choose from!
I actually wish Messages+ kept the "message bubble" that Tlert (former name of Messages+), but I guess the banner accomplishes the similar feature. Also, it's probably more to do with iOS5. I liked using Tlert and moving the message bubble anywhere on the screen.
Currently, I am using BiteSms and Lockinfo and it's a good combo.
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Ally and a couple of other people in the comments say that they prefer Messages+ because they just desire quick reply and quick compose functionality.
But, BiteSMS ALSO has quick reply and quick compose functionality !?!!
So I don't understand the basis of their statements. Can someone please explain?
Also, Bite only marks the message you are replying to as read, not all messages from that person.
Does anybody know of an email patch/app that lets you do that (not talking about an alarm that tells you to push the send button but one that does it without your intervention)?
Although, time came by, and I just couldn't bear the lack of features it ha compared to BiteSMS.
•Reading the conversation while composing a large message (if you're a heavy SMSer you'll know what I mean), you cannot read over the conversation and the swipe to hide keyboard feature is rendered useless. A native problem is the stock iOS5 messages app.
•Retrying on a failed send message attempt, very handy, I've copped numerous rants in a conversation for 'not replying' simply because the message failed.
I could go on but I don't see really any point, it'd just look like I'm propagating BiteSMS over the latter.
I do hope that sometime soon or in the near future that fan-created UI's hit Cydia, I would see it becoming the #1 app with no competition hands down.