Thanks to their larger displays, tablets are in principal easier for writing than smartphones.However, some messaging services, like the good old SMS, aren't available on tablets. In the last little while, an entire gamut of free instant-messaging services, like WhatsApp, have surfaced on tablets, since these are indeed well-used methods of communication; not everyone owns a smartphone.
The question is this: why isn't there a pre-installed app for tablets that will send SMS? There are already several apps on the market that will do the trick, one of which is Dinamotxt. We've tested this app today to see what it can do!
Features & Use
Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2
Asus Nexus 7 with 4.2.2 Custom ROM
Setting up Dinamotxt is as easy and requires few steps. First off, the app must first be downloaded onto the smarthone and the tablet, where it then automatically asks you to activate Bluetooth. After this is done and both devices have been paired, the app can be successfully set up and used. Thankfully the Bluetooth only needs to be used for the inital pairing process. Afterwards, every SMS can be sent via internet. It also works the other way around: if the devices don't have access to an internet connection, messages can be sent via Bluetooth.
Before you start using the app, you need to accept the information privacy statement. I read it through and discovered a few questionable elements:
You agree that we [...] collect and use technical data and related information, including but not limited to technical information about your device, [...] to improve the App or to provide services or technologies to you.
Though it isn't clear which personal information will be used, they will likely employ it to personlize the ads. It goes without saying that you should read all conditions before installing the app. What's more, you should maybe think twice before using the app, since the permissions (which surely have a function) do request access to a lot of your personal information.
At first glance, the app will show the main page with the usual listed SMS, that display the sender's name. Clicking on it once will open up the entire conversation and you can answer without problem. Even sending an SMS to usual numbers or contacts worked problem-free and was well received. Receiving an SMS will prompt a notification and an optional pop-up window, which appears simultaneously on the smartphone and the tablet. So far, there's not too much to complain about.
What makes Dinamotxt special are its various themes, like paper, different colors and the standard Android theme to name a few. The first ones look very chic and also offer a few cool animations.The settings are comprised of a few interesting points like the optional delivery notice, the choice of shutting off animations, pop-ups for new notifications and a password protection. What's more, the app is ''backup and restore'' ready, so that you can save your SMS on your tablet and restore them if need be.
Dinamotxt is practical, with a wide range of functions, like easy-to-send and receive SMS from smartphones to tablets. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer all the same features like other apps from this category. That being said, this app does exactly what it's meant to do.
A welcome diversity is produced by the various designs and you're able to customize the app to give it your own personal touch.
Screen & Controls
Like I mentioned earlier, Dinamotxt comes with a huge variety of designs, though unfortunately not all of them are really that well-suited for tablets. The entire layout and text is much too big and doesn't offer a two column view, where one side would show the list of text messages and the other, a preview section.
I think it's too bad that you can only use this app on tablets. This should definitely be improved.
Speed & Stability
There was absolutely nothing to complain about in terms of Dinamotxt's speed. As soon as you've set up the connection, you can send and receive SMS quickly and problem-free.
Dinamotxt can be downloaded for free, however it does contain ads. For 99 cents, you're able to buy the ad-free version.