Dinamotxt

You'll be able to text from your tablet with your carrier number, but there are some UI struggles along the way

As Android tablets become more and more popular -- especially the smaller 7-inch form factor -- they seem more natural to want to manage text messages from. Dinamotxt does just that by linking up your phone and tablet to give you full SMS syncing between the two. The back-end service works great and is a seamless experience when switching devices, but there are some unfortunate and confusing issues with the UI.

Hang with us after the break to check out Dinamotxt, a new app that lets your tablet cover your texting needs.

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Dinamotxt executes pretty darn well on the seamless integration of your phone's incoming and outgoing messages with your tablet, although there is some light setup involved. First, the Dinamotxt app will have to be installed on both devices, where it will detect which device is the phone. Upon first launch, the app will (with your permission) turn on bluetooth on both devices and pair them, creating a "link" between the two. After the devices are linked, it can use that bluetooth connection to sync messages between the devices, but luckily it is not required if both devices have an active internet connection. It is also not required to use a certain messaging app on the phone, as the Dinamotxt app only serves to sync between the devices.

Once you're all set up, you'll see an instantly populated list of you SMS messages from the phone's messaging app to the Dinamotxt app. Messages sent and received on the phone seamlessly show up on the tablet, and vice versa, with no weird sync intervals or anything of the sort. Messages received on the tablet have a customizable ringtone, as well as an available pop-up notification with the ability to send a quick reply. Navigation is smooth and acts very similarly to any stock messaging app replacement you'll find on a phone.

Dinamotxt Themes

The tablet interface of Dinamotxt is functional but isn't what we'd call beautiful. You'll be best served by the app if you choose one of the several included themes, which are far more attractive than the standard grayscale one. But that just covers some of the problems in pretty colors. While receiving, sending and navigating through messages is a breeze there are certain issues that must be addressed. There is no way (at least on our Nexus 7) to delete entire threads or multiple threads of messages -- the only option is a long press on a single SMS to delete just that message. There are also banner ads that display on the bottom of the inbox, which cannot be removed with an in-app purchase or paid app.

Some small functional issues aside, the back-end syncing system and navigation of Dinamotxt is assuredly top-notch. The app executes on its promise -- a free and easy way to sync text messages between your phone and tablet. There are a few glaring omissions, such as the inability to delete message threads and the lack of an in-app purchase to remove ads, but those are far from deal-breakers. If you've got a new tablet and have been wanting a quick and easy way to manage text messages on it, give Dinamotxt a look.

 
There are 26 comments

still1 says:

I use Google voice to text so i dont use these apps
I really wish google bring carrier sms into google bable and sync across devices

mstrblueskys says:

Since we are talking about Google Voice, if they would start doing MMS and groups via MMS, I would be using it much more. It is pretty darn great otherwise.

linh.nguyen says:

I don't even need it to do that right now... I just want to know if I've missed a message. That's probably the most infuriating thing about it. Though, I supposed if it could do that, it might as well go all the way.

calbrs04 says:

That would make it the ultimate competitor to imessages

broncop3t3 says:

I think I'll stick with Mighty Text. The web interface as well as tablet integration make it the app for me.

Adam White2 says:

Wow, thanks for pointing me to this app. Ive been using Tablet Talk for awhile now but with the web interface this wins me over.

The_Maverick says:

Another alternative is MySMS.
It's similar to MightyText with a few differences.
The phone app is actually a sms-app, so if you use that, reading a message on one device marks it read on all others as well. I don't use the MySMS phone app to read/write messages though, because I want to use LightFlow to have person-specific notifications.
The other difference is that the MySMS tablet app costs $4, I think, whereas the MightyText one is free, if I'm not mistaken (the web-app is free though). So if I ever do get a tablet, I might make the switch.

mmark27 says:

Yup, Mighty Text FTW. I've tried lots of others and its still the best. The Tablet Apps actually work better than the webapp for retaining MMS messages/pictures.

RedDotNick says:

My samsung galaxy s3 (gt-i9300) is showing me that there is a firmware update!!!!!

crowley35 says:

I'll stick with Tablet Talk

Thanks for the breakdown Andrew, I'll have to try this out.

We'll see more and more of these apps, as tablets become more and more common. Verizon already supports this type of SMS usage, cross platform (on both Android and iOS) with MyVerizon and Verizon messages.

purplekiss23 says:

Do anyone know if there's a app like this that you can use on your Android device and ipad?

moonzilla says:

I use MightyText on my android phone and log into their website from a browser on my ipad. It's not perfect (no notifications on the ipad, for example), but it gets the job done.

tdesai4 says:

MySms works on Android phone and iPad....that is the setup I use

craiggger says:

I found that my combo of galaxy nexus/nexus 7 combo with mighty text was very glitchy and slow compared to the pairing of my BB Bold/Playbook which worked fast and for the most part glitch-free. AKA BB Bridge

Prob one of the best features of the BB ecosystem IMO next to the physical keyboard and the playbook's crazy good HTML5/flash-capable browser.

Hands down the nexus 7 schools the playbook in everything else other than BB bridge/sms passthrough, browser or general security/enterprise managing.

I've used Tablet Talk for few weeks now and no complaints. I might try the mighty one to check out the web interface but I'm content as it stands with TT.

Another way of getting texts on your tablet is PopMyPhone which simply uses email. No pairing is required, any SMS received by the phone can be sent to email, read on the tablet and replied to as well. And you get missed call alerts as well.

Google Voice Period

Mighty Text user checking-in: seamless connection between my phone, tablet and pc.

Good review -- always nice to have options!

Dinamotxt says:

Hi Andrew, I'm part of the Dinamotxt team and just wanted to say thanks for reviewing Dinamotxt. We are actively working on the two issues you mentioned - the ability to delete threads and a non-advert option and both will be available shortly. There are also two other key features already available that I'd like to add - the ability to apply a PIN code for privacy of your messages, very important for Tablet devices that are often a communal/family device. We also have an SMS backup feature, where you can backup all of your messages to your tablet, this is great if your phone is lost or stolen, you will still have all of your messages intact. We're working on lots more features that we will push to the market very soon. Will keep you updated :) Thanks again, Lorraine.

Nyboiswagg says:

I would like to use this app on my nexus 7 but every time I try to turn on the Bluetooth the app force closes

Dinamotxt says:

We'd like to help. Have you installed the App on your Android phone also? Bluetooth is only required for the initial pairing process and is usually trouble free. Our support mail is support@dinamotxt.com, please get in touch and we'll find out why this is happening. Thanks, Lorraine

Dan29466 says:

Install DeskSMS on your phone.
Install TabletSMS on your tablet.
Done.

It always surprises me when somebody releases a "new" and "amazing" app that does the same thing Koush already did.

Charles Az says:

The new Verizon Messenger app is the best that I have tried, and I have tried a lot of them. I've been loving it so far, everything syncs across all devices and the web. It's not just a forwarding service from your phone, the messages come straight from Verizon, not forwarded through some random server. The phone doesn't need to be connected to my tablet or the internet, and messages will show up on my tablet even if my phone is off.

Dinamotxt says:

Hi Andrew, just wanted to let you know that we have sorted the two omissions that you mentioned in the review - users can now delete entire message threads and we have an ad-free version available. More features coming soon. Lorraine @Dinamotxt.