textPlus, a truly better text and picture messaging app, gets some major upgrades

textPlus, a truly better text and picture messaging app, gets some major upgrades

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textPlus isn’t just “another” free picture and text messaging app. Customized chats and added features set it apart.

Love It: Truly unique features like on-the-fly chat rooms.

Hate It: Still iPhone only, for now.

Overall: 4/5

The Details

Facing facts, there are a lot of choices out there for sending picture messages and text messages for free. So in order to really stand out, you had better come up with an application that does it better than the others.

textPlus manages to do just that, with on-the-fly chat room creation, so that what you say to your group of friends can be easily read later, and kept between yourselves.

However, the newest features of textPlus are what really make GOGII Inc. proud. The latest version of textPlus includes a feature that they’re calling Face Texts. Using the front-facing camera of your iPhone 4 (and presumably new iPod Touch) you can easily insert as-you-type images of yourself so that you can better share your actions and reactions with your friends.

It’s also a pretty cool feature to note that textPlus runs off of your biggest social network: your phone’s contacts. So even if someone in your list isn’t an iPhone user, you can still include them in your conversation.

textPlus is free, supported by advertising and micro-transaction features. You can choose to pay to remove the ads, and there are sound packs that you can add to your textPlus collection as well. It’s certainly worth a look, so give it a download and let us know what you think.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

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