Over the many months you didn’t have a jailbreak on 7.x, if you are anything like us, you were absentmindedly performing gestures on your screen to preform the various functions embedded in your muscle memory from the jailbreak. Some of these tweaks are just hard to live without, and were the first things we installed when the jailbreak finally dropped. One of these must have tweaks ( actually, biteSMS is a full blown app ), and one of the reasons to jailbreak your iPhone, is biteSMS.
What exactly is biteSMS? Well aside from a full, more robust, replacement for the stock messaging app. It also offers a handy set of features called quick compose and quick reply.
These features allow you to assign a gesture ( think activator ) to quickly send or receive a SMS while within another app. Saving you steps, and not interrupting your work flow.
Now, if you are familiar with such things, you would know that there are several tweaks on the app store that offer similar functionality. These more popular alternatives include Messages+ and iRealSMS. Where biteSMS differentiates itself is design. Rather just create an (arguably) ugly popup bubble like messages+, or a 4.x style alert style popup like iReal, biteSMS took it up a notch with iOS 5 and made a custom popup based on the new tweet sheet. It honestly looks like something Apple should have bundled with the OS.
Functionality wise, it also has the competition beat. While the others focus 100% on messaging, and may or may not include things like MMS within their popup, bite wins again with system wide communication integration. From the customizable popup menu you can Call, FaceTime, or even view your entire conversation with the person. The best thing about this? Even though it’s packed literally tons of features into the little popup bubble, it doesn’t seem cluttered.
In short, in our opinion it’s the best Messages replacement app available. Bar none. It really wouldn’t surprise us if when Apple finally includes this much touted jailbreak feature, they will most certainly copy biteSMS’ implementation. It’s that good.
It’s currently available as a free trial in the Cydia store. Go give it a try, and if you like it, buy it!
NOTE: A full license never expires and includes all future biteSMS updates free of charge. Does not include any credits.