The main menu gives you an in-box for managing your Google Voice text and voice messages.
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You can favorite, read, and play messages from the in-box. Since Google Voice is visual voice mail, the chronology makes no difference. Pulling down the entire screen with your finger manually refreshes the list.
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Priority voice mail
The bifurcated Contacts screen has one view for all contacts and a filtered view where you'll see a list of favorite callers and recent calls for faster selection.
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Here's what the Quick Dial and Recents fields look like after making some calls.
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The clean layout makes it obvious how to place a call or compose a text.
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Some texts came in through routing numbers, a mistake. This is neither our colleague's iPhone or Google Voice number.
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Texting looked good within Google Voice, although as my colleague Rafe noticed, messages often appeared in our iPhone text in-box in addition to the in-box on the Google Voice app.