I fired up the phone in safe mode thinking I may have a rogue app. No luck, same results. Slow and sluggish only in the messaging app. I wiped cache, no luck. I rebooted the phone, and quickly while it was loading I went into the messaging app and it opened smoothly, however, after about 30 seconds it began to lag again. You can notice it when you hit the soft menu in the app. I'm beginning to think its an issue with the messaging app as it is the only app exhibiting this behavior. I'd really hate to to even try a factory reset as I am not rooted and can't make a backup. Anybody else on NG2 check their messaging app and hit the soft menu to see if it is laggy compared to all other apps? Thanks so much.