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Kik Messenger Review: BBM for iPhone, Sort Of

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Do you envy BlackBerry users because they have BBM? Do you wish you can text anyone in real-time with your iPhone without those expensive charges?

Now you can with Kik. Kik is a real time messenger app that that allows you to talk to your friends on any phone anywhere over the world.

It doesn’t cost any money and only uses less than 1kb of data per message. To begin using Kik all you need to do is to create an account/username.

When I had a BlackBerry and used BBM, one of the greatest features was the little letter icon that told you if a message was sent, delivered and read. Well Kik has that too! So now you will know whether someone has read your message or is ignoring you.

When chatting on Kik you will see a bubble chat -like that on the iPhone, and you can actually change the color of your bubble.

In Kik all of your messages appear on the main screen and if you want to check your contacts or clear a conversation, you can just click the icons on the top and bottom left.

There are five features that I wish Kik had or will add in future updates. One I wish is that I could send attachments or pictures to my contacts.

Second, I wished Kik had more customizable options besides just changing the chat bubble color. I would like to see the option to change my font color and type choices, and also being able to display pictures. That would’ve been nice!

Third, I wished Kik had different status options like away, busy, offline, etc.

Fourth, it would be cool an option to add a little message beside your display name.

Finally, I want the option to create groups.

If you use Kik what other features do you want to see?

If you have many friends or family worldwide and want to talk to them in real time or you just find you phone bill to high due to text messaging then Kik is right for you.

Kik is a good app to start; we’ll see how it evolves in the future.

For those who use WhatsApp, what do you think of Kik vs WhatsApp.

iTunes descriptionKik Messenger is a free smartphone to smartphone messenger, similar to BlackBerry Messenger but cross platform. Kik Messenger is the fastest, most reliable instant messenger that allows you to connect with your smartphone friends for free! Enjoy real-time conversations enabled by your data plan that you can use to talk to your friends all over the world. Say goodbye to texting!

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  • Anonymous

    I use whatsapp religiously so when I saw this app I thought I’d give it a try. Currently, whatsapp’s services are far superior… video/picture sending, links to your address book better, etc. I think after a few updates I could see myself switching though. Kik seems to send and receive messages faster as well as the way the sent/delivered/read notifications are show is much better. I find on whatsapp it will say its been sent and read when it hasn’t and my biggest peeve is that their servers are constantly being inconsistent. Frustrates me to no end. The real test for me will be how well it works from iphone to blackberry.

  • Anonymous

    Biggest issue is you have to convince all your friends to download it too.

  • David

    Not really like BBM at all, my BB friends go on and on how you can create discussion groups and post media etc in BBM and not in any other IM app.

    If anything KiK is another WhatsAPP, PING (not the apple one) IM wannabe.

  • Sam

    The article title is rather misleading, as there’s no “sort of” about it, this isn’t BBM for iPhone…

  • App looks interesting but I already have friends on pingchat and whats app so to convince them to download another one is not going to work lol..

  • Reyzasharp

    I think Whatsapp is the real BBM equivalent

  • I wonder who would bother themselves for another Messagengers. None of my real friends have installed it yet! 🙁

  • Codywoodward

    I’ve used whatsapp, pingchat and now Kik! Whatsapp is hands down the best, but it costs money so getting people to dish out even a buck is hard! Kik has LOTS of bugs so far and it needs to fix em before it could really compete with the others, but it’s a good start!

  • Ljrochon

    Ping chat is best it has more features than kik or whats app and also works with android too.

  • dder

    Ping! Chat is better than this with all the features it does that this one doesn’t… Maybe in future updates…

  • There is so many “like BBM” apps. It’s hard to manage because everyone uses different versions, kik, pingchat, FFM, WhatsApp, perhaps more. It would be better If there was an app that unified all these programs in to one messager. Often I need to use multiple chat apps to communicate with everyone, gets a little much after a while.

  • Anonymous

    Another user name and password to remember…. I’d pass on this one considering that all my friends are already using MSN, PingChat and What’sApp…. Sorry don’t need another one that does the same as the ones I use

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had it a few days and have a few contacts – it seems to work well and is quite new. Hopefully they can add something that makes them stand out. Really what we need is a unified messenger for all platforms – that would be wonderful.

  • Mattgunn18

    I like it better than whatsapp, but it still has a ways to go to catch up with BBM

  • Does this allow for group chats or just one-on-one like text messaging? If it’s just solo, then this is useless or for people who don’t have text included in their phone package…which is nobody.

    Textplus is allows for group chats of up to 100 people.

  • Anonymous

    Huh? The title is clear. It just says it’s sort of like BBM, which is a chat. BBM is overhyped anyways, poor blackberry users. Stop complaining about little things.

  • iP4Crazy

    I use what my friends/ family use, so I have 2, pmessenger (awesome) and whatsapp (I only use it cause most of my family does)

  • Junk-2008

    I have HeyTell, PingChat, WhatsApp, HeyWire and now Kik.

    I use Heytell the most with PingChat a close second. WhatsApp is good but service interuption is frustrating. I dislike HeyWire because it’s only my number that shows up regardless of how my friends store my number in their contact list for both iPhone and BB.

    I only use Kik with a few of my BB friends and that’s it.

  • Anonymous

    The thing I want most from Apple is an iPhone to iPhone messenger service packaged with a new iOS. Then everybody’s iDevices will have it! I really hope that it’s coming. Am I the only one suspicious of all the data centers Apple is building? Doesn’t RIM run it’s email and BBM services through data centers around the world?

  • Why not install a universal IM client like Beejive (for example) and use whatever (and as many IM) accounts as you require to get the job done.

    Everybody I know is either on Gchat or MSN. I have both accounts on Beejive and that covers 95% of people I talk to regularly with the exception of 1 person on YIM and one (die hard) straggler still using ICQ.

    I couldn’t immagine bugging my friends to install a “special” IM client like this just to chat with me when they all use more broadly supported IM accounts already that I can adapt to easier.

  • Anonymous

    Might be off page 1 but it is still worth noting:

    As of today (Nov 15th) RIM has pulled Kik Messenger off of AppWorld:
    “RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service and, following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World. RIM is actively reviewing the issues and potential resolutions, and is also continuing its discussions with Kik.”

    The app supposedly drains the battery really quickly, there was also other issues such as how it looks through your phonebook and finds contacts. Engadget just wrote something on it a few hours ago.

  • Mike Adamo

    iphone needs to stop making lame apps, and needs to find a way to connect bbm with iphone, end of story

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  • Nanya

    How do you send pictures on kik with a blackberry?

  • Valnato32

    if only it had status updates like iphones & bbm, would be more fun

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