REVIEW – “mobile IM made easy!”
Meebo 1 – iPhone App ReviewI have tried lots of different IM clients for iPhone and iPod touch. Unfortunately, most of the good ones tend to come at a price. Some of them are not too expensive, while some of them can cost $10 or more! What if I were to tell you that you could get a good IM client with push notifications built for free? Well thanks to Meebo, now you can!
The first thing you’ll need to do when you open up Meebo is set up an account. Once you set up your Meebo account you’ll be able to log in to all of the other accounts that you set. Setting up accounts is extremely simple. All you have to do is select the type of account that you’d like to setup and enter your username and password.
Once you have everything setup the way you want it the interface is extremely easy to navigate. At the bottom of the Meebo 3 – iPhone App Review screen is a menu with three buttons: “Buddies,” “Chats,” and “Accounts.” This allows you to have quick and easy access to your list of friends, to your open conversations and to set your status globally for all of your accounts.
One of the things that impressed me the most is the response time of this app. One of the things that I’ve noticed with chat clients is that some of them have a considerable delay when chatting with friends. With most of them it is not unbearable, but with Meebo even the push notifications are snappy. I tested it using several interfaces including Facebook and MSN and the push notifications take just a couple of seconds from the time the messages are sent.
Another thing that I really liked about Meebo is that it loads up very quickly. If you receive a message while it is closed and choose to view the message within Meebo it loads very quickly and takes you directly to that conversation. Another awesome thing about Meebo is that Meebo 4 – iPhone App Reviewall of your conversation history is saved to your account and you can see it if you log in via Meebo.com
Really the only negative that I can think of with this app is that it is not quite as customizable as some apps. There is not really a way to select what kind of push notifications you receive via the app, there are no customizable skins to change the look of Meebo, and I’m not exactly sure how long it keeps you logged in to your accounts if you don’t open the app up.
If you’ve been looking for a good messaging client then listen to me when I say this. I have tried virtually all of the IM clients out there, paid and free, and I have not found one that is easier to use and more responsive than this one. In short, if you haven’t already spent money on a IM client and you want a simple app that just works, look no further than Meebo! At the very least you should give it a try. So what are you waiting for? Download it today!