Is it just me... Or is iMessage pretty lame
I mean, I' would think that the leader in wireless communications would come up with a better messenger platform than THIS. It doesn't hold a candle to BBM, LiveProfile, WhatsApp or other true messenger apps. It's simply a "tweak" to text messages to show delivery & typing.
I would like to see iMessage as a stand-alone, pre-installed app on all i-Devices. Much like BBM is to Blackberry. Profile Pictures, contacts, available/away statuses, groups... It just seems to me that iMessage has a LONG way to go before it can even compare to any other messenger platform. Just my thoughts....
- 09-23-2011, 08:46 AM #2
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- 09-23-2011, 09:34 AM #6
Why would yopu want another app to open up and check/send a message in? i think having iMessage baked right into the messages app is perfect. one app, 2 messaging options that would be seamless. as someone else said, this is the first run and there will be additions down the road im sure. give it time.
- 09-23-2011, 09:51 AM #7
It is a BBM killer because:
1. It will be automatically used between any two people on iOS 5, that's a userbase of 100 million already who are able to use it on iOS 5's release date.
2. It is not a separate app. It's integrated in a way that it does not take any extra steps to access it, and the experience is very much the same as traditional text messaging. It is not confusing, it is not overkill. Text messages shouldn't be a social network of their own.
I think they are starting with a foundation that is greatly improved from the BBM format. Maybe some similar things to BBM functionality will come later with user feedback.
Yea. I guess I'm just a fan of old school messengers. Where you can set pics and stuff like that. i really don't care about extra steps, it's just a screen click...
Besides I hate texting. And it just still feels like i'm texting... lol
- 09-23-2011, 10:12 AM #9
- 09-23-2011, 10:41 AM #11
Just use email for important communications. Texting and IM IMO should never be used for any type of important stuff like that. Hence; to me iMessage, BBM, etc are all equally lame and I don't care what claims are made about reliability. It's still just texting.
- 09-23-2011, 02:17 PM #12
Only thing I've noticed is that it's faster since it's based on internet connection. Also, the delivery / read receipts are BOSS. Think about it. If you make plans with a friend to go to the movies and need to tell him that there is a change of plans, knowing that he read the message or not is very helpful. So instead of ditching him before I know he's read the message that we should meet at a different movie theatre, I'll just wait for him and then we'll meet up and go to another movie later on.
- 09-23-2011, 02:24 PM #13
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- 09-24-2011, 06:07 AM #18
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- 09-24-2011, 09:02 AM #20
Apple likes to make money.
Apple likes it's developers to make money.
Maybe what Apple has done is lay down the foundations, then they release the pertinent APIs to the developer community, who then build apps that add greater functionality. Groups, what are u listening to, location sharing, whatever.
Of course, Apple could be holding back a few things because they want to announce them at the iPad 3 launch in the spring.
- 09-24-2011, 12:04 PM #21iPhone Beginner
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And by groups, you mean messages that go out to multiple people, and those people can comment in the same thread? If so, that's already in iMessage.
Location sharing? Eh, I guess that could be useful, but not really a stellar option.
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- 09-24-2011, 12:18 PM #22
As I understand it, imessage will let you have a group chat by messaging someone, then adding someone else, and so on.
BBM let's you assign a group of contacts into a permanent group.
iOS does not do this. Once the conversation is over, you'd have to add people one by one all over again.
Hopefully I'm wrong about this.
- 09-24-2011, 12:18 PM #23
- 09-24-2011, 03:14 PM #24
The only people looking for BBM are people who have left their Blackberries for iPhones. And that's not all of them. The rest of the world (those people who never used a BB) doesn't care about BBM or whether iMessage is going to kill it. We don't want a replacement chat app, we want sms.
- 09-24-2011, 03:46 PM #25iMore Beginner
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I've been using iMessage now for weeks. It's great for sending pictures and stuff which are charged for by my carrier but I get unlimited texts anyway with my plan. I like being able to see when a message is delivered and read. I also love that I don't have to switch to another app to send messages as iMessage does texts and iMessages. The perfect solution for me.
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