Description: Espier Messages is a messaging app from the same developer group that bring a taste of iOS 7 to your Android device with their launchers and themes. Espier Messages is an app that proclaims to make anything a message, as it brings together standard SMS, MMS and their own eMesssage platform all together in one app. Styled like the iOS 7 messaging app, Espier Messages is a good-looking app for your Android smartphone and features all the sort of functionality you'd want from a messaging app such as this. An altogether good-looking application, Espier is definitely worth a look if you're wanting a new messaging application.
How it Works: To get started, you'll need to download the app from the Play Store. Espier Messages is a great SMS app as well as it is an instant messenger, and as a result you can use this app with any of your friends. Once you've got everything set up, you can take a look at the existing SMS conversations on your device as you normally word. Here you can see how good the iOS 7 theme looks on Android.
Sending a message is nice and easy, and there's a quick camera button to send a picture, as well as access to Emoji nice and quickly. The Emoji are the same as those on the iPhone once you upgrade and choose the iPhone Emoji in the settings. As such, messaging iPhone users will give you the same Emoji, which is great if you have a lot of friends with iPhones.
There are a number of settings you can tweak to change how the app works for you as well.
eMessage is practically the same as iMessage on iOS 7, and acts mostly the same. You can sign up for an account and simply start messaging people for free over WiFi.
Just like on iOS 7, eMessages are blue instead of the green text messages and eMessage is essentially iMessage for Android.
As eMessage uses the Internet, you can send whichever file you like and it will simply appear in the conversation list for the person you're talking to, to download.
Included in Espier Messages is an intelligent Robot called Andrew. You can send a text to him (for free) to the number in the below image and ask him a number of questions to help you use the app.
Opinion: Taking Espier Messages as an SMS app, there are things I like very much. The iOS 7 style isn't completely lost on a stock Android user such as myself, and this is certainly a colorful, and pleasing SMS app. However, add-in the strange eMessage service and the app seems a little confused. It's hard to launch a new messaging service these days and it's even harder to do so as an afterthought as it is here. However, it is nice to have the IM option for those that don't rely solely on SMS, it would just be nice to see a popular service integrated here. As well as that, I would like to see some sort of stock Android theme here, or at least a darker color scheme, but I suppose that's just me. Overall though, I'm not unhappy with Espier Messages, it just need a little more reworking to become complete.
- Speed (4/5) – Espier Messages is a speedy app and there's no lag here that I can tell of.
- Features (4/5) – A pretty good SMS app, but not much than that. Espier Messages is a good app, with all the messaging features you could want.
- Theme (4/5) – This is basically the iOS 7 messaging app on Android when you look at it, and that's not an awful thing. It looks good and it's certainly easy to read and colorful.
- Overall (4/5) – A solid messaging app, Espier Messages gets a lot of things right, but the online side of things needs work.
- Colorful and easy to read messages make this a good-looking app.
- Easy to use, without breaking the mold too much.
- iOS 7 fans that love Android as well will really take to this.
- Features everything you would want in an SMS app.
- Die-hard Android fans might be turned off by the Apple look.
- Online messaging not all that well thought out, disappointingly.
Conclusion: With SMS messaging still being a big part of people's lives – it is the standard, after all – Espier Messages gets a lot of that right here and all the features you want are here. Which goes together well with the iOS 7 look and feel that own't appeal to everyone, but will appeal to most people, certainly. Where things fall down however, is in the online side of things, which doesn't really offer all that much, but we understand linking in WhatsApp, iMessage or Hangouts is difficult for any developer. At the end of the day, this is a good-looking SMS app that can be used for a lot of other things as well, that simply needs a little more polish in order to become a great app.