: If you are looking for a review of the new iMessages app from Apple read our review of the 9 New iOS 5 Apps from Apple.
iMessenger is an instant-messaging app released by Fortune Apps. There are plenty of chat apps in AppStore, many which do pretty much the same thing so here are a few of the differences that you can expect with iMessenger.
Firstly, iMessenger is its own messenger system, meaning it’s not compatible with other chat clients like AIM or Yahoo! Messenger and you have to sign up to use it and can only communicate with other users who have registered with it. iMessenger is actually marketed as an alternative “free” texting service for those without an unlimited text plan but still love to text. The app is free to download but its pre-basic version is text-only and comes with banner ads. The ads can be removed by buying the basic $0.99 in-app upgrade package and MMS Sending can also be unlocked for another $0.99.
Secondly, iMessenger uses a native User Interface which makes the app very much like the MMS service that came with the iPhone. Its neat and sleek interface is a welcome change from the bulky design of many other apps. Chats can be seen in both portrait and landscape formats although the chat screen is a lot harder to view while in landscape mode with the banner ads and open keyboard in the way.
Lastly, iMessenger has some additional features that turn out to be really nice to have. There is “Rapid Message Status” which is a small icon that indicates if your message was already delivered (D) and/or read (R). The other perk of iMessenger is the ability to log your conversations as well as sending them via email or WiFi.
Overall, iMessenger is a really solid free MMS/IM service, one that is well-worth the two dollars in upgrade fees. All of its good points aren’t worth much though if your circle of friends isn’t on iMessenger, so test it out and if you like what you find, tell your friends.
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