Review: IM+ For Android.

  • April 17, 2011 6:28 pm

Besides a differentiating coat of paint, multi-account IM clients aren’t all that different these days. A small feature here or there are the only deciding factors left for feature hounds to stew over. But a few times a year we as consumers are treated to major revisions which bring about massive UI changes and/or new features.

Shape Services recently released IM+ 4.0 for Android. With it comes a thoroughly revamped UI and promises of faster, more intuitive interaction. Is the new update really worth it’s weight in cheap currency paper and not so precious metals stamped into coin form? Gadgetsteria investigates…

Appearance & UI

Seeing as how a new UI is one of the major bullet points used to describe IM+ 4.0 for Android, it’s obviously the first thing you’re going to notice upon firing up said app. And to us, it’s a very good re-design. The old style was at best the work of a 4th grade art student. The new layout, however is much more pleasing to the eyes and easier to get around to boot.

Features

Just like any top of the line multi-account IM app, IM+ 4.0 for Android features push notifications for instant updates and reduced battery drain, support for literally any and every account under the sun, and a slew of notification settings. Group chat (Skype and MSN), emoticons, avatars, and various supported languages (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese and Korean) also come standard.

Usage

During our week with IM+, we found the app to function rather admirably on our Samsung Captivate. The app as we’ve already stated, looks very nice. The full suite of features is an added plus. But most importantly, the app starts up quickly and reconnects faster than justa bout any other multi-account IM app for Android. For us, having to wait 5, 10, 20+ seconds for the app to reconnect to get our messages is a massive pain. With that said, we consider re-connect time “the” deciding factor here.

Conclusion

IM+ is available in the Android Market for $9.99. If that seems a bit steep for a chat app, we have to admit that we feel it is to. It’s up there near the top (price wise) of chat apps with the likes of BeeJive (another GS favorite). Nonetheless, it is a very good app that shouldn’t be discounted because of price alone. On that note, there is a free version of IM+ available as well in case you’d like to “try before you buy”.

Gadgetsteria’s Rating: 8

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