iRealSMS is a useful text messaging client that's loaded with features.
Do you think that the Messages application on the iPhone is bland? You're not alone. There have been several attempts to make a better Messages application - biteSMS being one, but today we are going to be showing you iRealSMS, an alternative Messages application that's loaded with features that stock iOS owners could only dream of having on their iPhones. It has been developed by a development group known as SpiritOfLogic and it can be found on the BigBoss repository for $12.99 (albeit right now, it's on sale for just $6.99) - that's a really good deal.
iRealSMS comes with features that you won't find in the stock iOS Messages application such as contacts' photos will appear next to their messages, conversation sorting, and quick compose options. There are also folders; which give a quick overview over incoming text messages just like with email you have all new (maybe unread) messages at one glance. Additionally, the quick compose option makes it easy to start a message, just invoke your action and start sending a message; there is also a quick reply option so that you can reply just as fast as you can compose. You can even have drafts so that if you get interrupted while typing a message, you can get back to it later without starting over.
iRealSMS comes with features that are helpful for people with bad vision - you have an option that will read the messages aloud to you similarly to the way that CallTell announces
who has texted you and what they said. iRealSMS even enables the emoji keyboard natively so that you don't have to mess with any iOS settings to get them. You also have a search feature so that if you're a power user of text messaging, you can search through them to find something that you said.
iRealSMS doesn't stop there, it also comes with a template feature so that you can set up your messages in a specific way. This can be helpful if you're using text messaging for work and need to respond a certain way. If for some reason you lose service, you can forward a text message via email instead of getting an error saying that the message could not be sent. iRealSMS also comes with a ton of privacy settings. You can text message people being assured that your messages are safe and secure and that no peeping Toms can get into your messages. You can do this with a password lock for your text messages. iRealSMS even includes a character counter for your text messages so that you never write too long of a message.
Because iRealSMS has all of these breakthrough features - it's no doubt that it's a popular text messaging platform for iOS. It works with iOS 3, iOS 4, and iOS 5. It also works with iMessage. If you're skeptical about buying a $12.99 ($6.99 for a limited time) application from the Cydia store, you can try iRealSMS out with the unlimited free trial. You simply cannot go wrong with iRealSMS because it has so many features that you can make it work the way that you want it to. I've included a video at the top of this article that demonstrates some of the extensive features of iRealSMS (compliments of Christian Heusinger
I tried iRealSMS out myself and I did feel like the extensive features were a tad overwhelming. Apple's official goal of the Messages application was simplicity - but simplicity over functionality isn't always a wise choice. Even though I felt overwhelmed by the features of iRealSMS, after just a few hours I felt like I knew exactly how to use it and I felt that I could somehow find a use for all of its extensive features. I have to say that I'm impressed with the style and abilities of this application and I have to recommend it to and iPhone power-texters. Unlike biteSMS (which puts two separate texting applications on your SpringBoard, iRealSMS replaces the Messages application completely.
$6.99 (usually $12.99 + unlimited free trial)
The giveaway here is a gift from the SpiritOfLogic developer, Christian Heusinger
. Let's all hand him a big thanks and wish him the best for the holidays. To be entered for a chance to win a copy of iRealSMS, leave a comment below with at least five complete sentences explaining why you think that you deserve to win a copy of iRealSMS and leave your Cydia number in the end of the comment. The funnier you are - the more likely you are to win. The ones who stand out the most have the best chance of winning.
We are giving away 20 copies of iRealSMS and winners will be announced on December 27.
Sources: Christian Heusinger