Greetings everyone and welcome back to the Android apps review section. This time around I will be taking a closer look at some of the products developed by Scott Straughan and in particular a very specific Android app I found very useful mainly his SMS2PC application.
If you are part of the group of people who enjoy sending lots of SMS messages then this one is for you. I am not quite part of that category, mainly because I’m often too lazy to type and would rather just give people a ring, but with this app I am part of a new religious sect which proclaims that SMS messages sent from your computer are the way to go.
Step one of the installing process is getting the SMS2PC application from the Android market and installing it on your smartphone. As soon as you have done that go to Scott Straughans page (http://scottastraughan.com) and download your client there – it can run on Windows, Linux and Mac as well so no compatibility issue should appear there. Once you’ve downloaded it go ahead and install it. If you are running a WiFi network the application will automatically sync up your Android powered smartphone with your computer and allow you to type the messages via your computer. This is one of the best features of the app as it doesn’t require any other steps you need to take. You just go ahead and run it without having to configure IPs or forward ports or any action from that point of view.
Once the application is running all the messages received on your smartphone will automatically be forwarded to your PC/Mac and will appear within the application. At this point the application works almost like an Instant Messenger service. You have the ability to configure any audio warnings the program will run when you receive an SMS.
If all the steps until this point seemed simple enough then wait until you hear about replying to messages or writing messages. To compose a new SMS just double click the icon of the program in the system tray, and you can either start typing their name (in order to filter your contact list), select the person to which you wish to send the SMS or type their phone number in manually.
The only drawbacks of the app is that it can lose connectivity every now and again and it will jam up if you leave your desktop on for longer periods of time but those can easily be fixed by a quick reboot of your smartphone. At the moment this messaging app will set you back a measly 3.95 US dollars but the developer announced that he will be dropping the price for this one to, wait for it, 0 dollars and 0 cents. That’s right! It will be free within a matter of weeks and he also said that the applications source code will be available for anyone willing to tinker with it. An update for the application will be hitting the market soon enough and it will allow Bluetooth connectivity and also will be bringing some fixes regarding the WiFi issues it can encounter in the previously mentioned lines.
All in all it’s a great application mainly because of its ease to use so even less experienced users will be able to get the full advantages it has to offer within minutes of getting it. If you think this still isn’t the right SMS app for you I do encourage you to take a look at reviews for this category of Android apps but I can assure you, once you tried it, you will not want to go back to anything else. Considering that the application will soon be free for download and moding I do suggest you show your support to the developer and check out some other apps on his website (was previously linked to) and give those a shot as well. Also don’t be cheap and pay the man his price because this one sure is worth its money. Until next time, I’ll be spamming away at my contact list.1