[App Review] BeejiveIM

Sep 5, 2010 by

BeejiveIM (With Push) by Beejive. Inc. is an extremely lightweight and ultrafast IM client for the iOS platform available on the Apple App Store for $9.99.


First impressions: The user interface is organized, clean and friendly. Seems easy to use with many features and vast customizations.

Description

Selected as one of the best apps in iTunes Rewind 2009, see what reviewers are saying about BeejiveIM.

“With support for just about every major IM protocol we ever find ourselves using alongside things like voice/image transfers, Beejive was already our IM client of choice… Background notifications really just sealed the deal, and anything else they’ve added was just frosting on the already delicious cake.”
— TechCrunch

“Overall, after testing various IM apps, Beejive is by far my favorite. The interface is slick and beautiful.”
— Wired

“BeejiveIM is an incredibly full-featured IM client, boasting capabilities that almost put it on par with desktop IM clients.”
— Macworld

“Beejive IM is one of those mobile multi-network chat clients that’s a joy to use–it’s fast, graphically rich, and just works.”
— CNET

“BeejiveIM is a feature rich, multiprotocol instant messaging client that blows the pants off any other chat program offered in the App Store.”
— 148Apps.com

BeejiveIM. Instant messaging anywhere. Now with Push!

Stay connected to all your instant messaging buddies anywhere you go! BeejiveIM (pronounced \bē-hīv\ IM) keeps you in touch with your friends on AIM®/MobileMe®, MSN®/Windows Live®, Yahoo!®, GoogleTalk®, Facebook, MySpace, ICQ® and Jabber… all at the same time, all on your iPhone or iPod Touch.

Beejive’s reliable and efficient networking has been tested and proven on multiple platforms. Now it is available for the iPhone. Move from 3G, Edge, and wifi connections seamlessly. Stay connected after you close the application and be notified when you get a new message through push notifications. After being out of coverage BeejiveIM automatically reconnects and picks up where you left off.

BeejiveIM uses your phone’s existing data plan or wifi connection, so you can save money by reducing your text messages.

Check out how BeejiveIM works before you buy! View our instructional videos:
http://www.beejive.com/videos

BeejiveIM Key Features:
– BeejiveIM uses your existing data plan: no per-message charges.
– Reliable and efficient networking: be connected 24/7, and it’s gentle on your battery.
– Be connected even after you close the application. Get notified instantly when you get a new message with Push Notifications.
– Works with multiple IM networks, multiple accounts per network: AIM®/iChat, MSN®, Yahoo!®, GoogleTalk®, Facebook IM, ICQ®, Jabber, and MySpace IM.
– Send and receive files, including pictures and voice notes. View and forward received documents.
– Desktop-like instant messaging with all of your IM buddies from a single intuitive user interface.

Chatting Features:
– Real-time chats: quick switch between multiple simultaneous chats.
– Group chats: chat with multiple buddies on AIM, Yahoo, GTalk, or MSN.
– Full Unicode support, chat in any language supported by your iPhone.
– Landscape option, type with a larger keyboard.
– Chat history: Email chat logs to save chat history.
– Hyperlink support, automatically parses links for web pages, YouTube videos, email addresses, and phone numbers.
– Emoticons support.
– SMS out, chat with your SMS buddies through AIM or Yahoo SMS out. SMS out is fully integrated with your iPhone/iPod Touch address book.

Account & Buddy Features:
– Manage your buddy-list, including add/remove, nicknames, groups, block, approve/deny requests.
– Merge multiple IM buddies for the same contact under a single buddy list entry with meta contacts.
– Sort/group/search your buddy list.
– Control your own availability, set auto-away and custom status messages, be invisible, change privacy controls.
– Configurable alerts, customizable sound, vibrate settings.
– Buddy icon support, view your friends’ icons, set your own.

Wow. A real step forward from IM+. Since I got BeejiveIM, the only reason I kept IM+ was for the push mail and push Twitter features. Other than that, I use BeejiveIM. Why? Because Beejive is better! First of all, it’s faster and has no connection issues, it loads quicker (chat and start-up), the actual user interface is much simpler to use and way easier to navigate chats (and doing that with Beejive is lag-free; see IM+). Everything is simpler and easier and there’s nothing bad I can say about Beejive. It supports AIM, MobileMe, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Myspace IM, Yahoo! and Facebook. You can manage buddies and chats easily, adding buddies or starting chats inside the app itself. But what surprised me, see, I use textPlus, TextFree and TextNow to send text messages but if you have a valid AIM or Yahoo! account, you can text inside BeejiveIM too! (OMG! TEXTING!!!) So, pretty much this app has everything (except push mail). One bad thing I can say about BeejiveIM is that it took me a while to find the Settings. (Turns out it was in the Settings app.)

Graphics: 5/5 – Awesome and pretty!
UI: 5/5 – Amazingly simple and easy to use.
Simplicity/Ease of Use: 5/5 – Simple and easy to use was what I was talking about the whole time.
Creativity: 1.5/5 – Chat. Beejive is a creative name though! Beats IM+ by miles.
Sound: 2.5/5 – Only a few sounds.
Controls: 5/5 – Can’t really explain this one but you get the point.
Speed: 5/5 – First place: BeejiveIM. Second to ninety-nineth are empty. One hundredth: IM+. Hundred and first: eBuddy.
Connectivity: 5/5 – Great! No connection shit like IM+.
Entertainment: 5/5 – Beejive makes chatting fun!
Value: 5/5 – IM+ isn’t worth $9.99 but BeejiveIM is!

Total: 44/50 or 88% – Great! Amazing! Spectacular! Terrific!
– Dennis

 

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