[App Review] IM+ Pro

Aug 30, 2010 by

IM+ Pro by Shape Services is an IM service available on the iOS platform for $9.99 on the Apple App Store.


First impressions: I first tried the app when iOS 4 came out and they added multitasking support but there were connection issues that took a week to fix with an update. So it worked about 15~25% of the time when I first got it.

Description

All-in-One app for GTalk, Yahoo, MSN/Live Messenger, AIM/iChat, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Jabber and Skype chat.
Universal iPad / iPhone / iPod app with full iOS 4 multitasking support!

NO COST PER MESSAGE! Send photos, voice msgs, and IM for FREE and save on MMS/SMS!

No pre-registration required. Just enter your account in the IM network and start the chat right away.

Stay connected even after closing IM+: you’ll be notified about new IM in all supported networks via Apple Push Notifications.

IM+ has the widest selection of unique features that you won’t find in any other IM client:

NEW EMAIL PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Get notified instantly when a new email arrives in your mailbox. Supports Hotmail, Yahoo, and GMail.

SPEECH RECOGNITION (as in-app purchase)
The very FIRST and the ONLY speech recognition service for instant messaging on iPhone! Easy as 1-2-3. Dictate messages instead of typing them in! Offered on a monthly basis. English only.

SEND PHOTO / VOICE MSGS / VIDEO and IM for FREE
IM+ uses your existing data plan or Wi-Fi connection. Voice messages are sent as MP3 files and can be played back on any Mac, PC, or mobile.

SKYPE CHAT
Chat with your Skype buddies! Incoming Skype call can be recorded and played back instantly as a voice message.

TWITTER
View friends’ timeline, favorites, direct messages and replies. Update your Twitter with voice, photo or geo-location messages. ReTweet, Geo Timeline, and Search!

CUSTOM STATUS and GEO-LOCATION
Use your own status messages and let your friends easily find you on a map by setting geo-location as a dynamic status message.

BUILT-IN BROWSER
Multi-task with a built-in browser! Surf the web and open links from conversations without leaving IM+.

APPLE PUSH NOTIFICATIONS
Stay connected even after closing IM+! You’ll be notified when you receive a new IM or when certain contact comes online (customizable) in all supported networks up to 7 days after closing the application! (Note: Due to technical reasons IM+ keeps Skype connected up to 2 hours only. Time allowed for Skype Push may be increased soon)

ANIMATED EMOTICONS
IM+ is the only application in AppStore with cool looking animated emoticons! Emoticons can be turned on or off.

EMOJI
Emoji smileys/emoticons on your iPhone and iPod Touch! No more spending money on a special app for that!

CUSTOMIZABLE SOUNDS
Use different sounds for different events in IM+: incoming message, contact coming online, push alert, etc.

With IM+ you are guaranteed that new and revolutionary features will arrive every month!

Other features:
– Customized IM+ look with wallpapers from your Photo library or from IM+
– Animated emoticons
– Avatar support
– Copy/Paste
– Multiple accounts per network
– Multi-lingual support. Chat in any language supported by your iPhone/iPod Touch
– Landscape mode. Convenient typing

===Notes from developers===
We cannot answer you in comments. Please contact us via Feedback right from IM+ or via Twitter (@implus).
===Notes from developers===

This product uses Skype™ but is not endorsed or certified by Skype

TRADEMARKS:
IM+® is a registered trademark of SHAPE Services GmbH.
AIM®, ICQ® are registered trademarks owned by AOL LLC.
Yahoo!® is a registered trademark of Yahoo Inc.
MSN®, Windows Live™ are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Jabber® is a registered trademark of Jabber Inc.
Google™ Talk is a trademark of Google Inc.
MySpace.com™ is a trademark of MySpace Inc.
Facebook® is a trademark of Facebook, Inc.
Skype™ is a trademark of Skype Technologies S.A.

About SHAPE Services
SHAPE Services is probably the worlds’ most successful mobile app development company, maker of several bestsellers for iPhone and iPad. SHAPE is the only company with apps reached the top rankings in four App Store categories: Social Networking, Business, Utilities and Productivity.

After the iOS4 multitasking/connection issues fix update came out, I quickly found out that IM+ was superior to eBuddy Pro. Far superior. Though some features are shared by both applications such as staying online for 7 days and themed backgrounds, IM+ Pro exceeds eBuddy Pro in both functionality and customization. First of all, IM+ Pro works with Skype, AOL, MSN, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Google Talk, Jabber, ICQ and MySpace! The chats are beautiful and can be customized with their images or you can use your own! (Can eBuddy do that)? But here’s something else! Push notifications: not just for chats, but for email (Do not spend $2.99 for PushMail, get IM+ Pro!) AND as I just found out, push notifications for Twitter @replies and direct messages! Something Twitter for iPhone seriously overlooked. IM+ Pro and SimplyTweet are the only apps I know that let you do that. Seriously awesome. But, the downside to this seemingly perfect app would be speed. The amount of time it takes to load up and sometimes to switch or see your chats. And I’m using an 64GB iPod touch 3G! Overall though, I think IM+ Pro is great!

Graphics: 5/5 – With Retina Display!
UI: 4.5/5 – Simple and pretty!
Simplicity/Ease of Use: 3.5/5 – Dimwits can figure it out!
Creativity: 2/5 – Chat + Push.
Sound: 2.5/5 – Meh.
Controls: 4/5 – Touch and type.
Speed: 1/5 – Second worse, eBuddy is the worst.
Connectivity: 4/5 – Better though sometimes it’s screwed up.
Entertainment: 3.5/5 – Chat your friends via. Internet.
Value: 2/5 – $9.99 is a little much but the features are worth it.

Total: 32/50 or 64% – Great! If you subtract all those little annoyances.
– Dennis


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