As the title says, this is a great app if you don't have unlimited messaging. I always found this frustrating because my friends wanted to text, text, and text. But when you're limited to 200 messages in a month, you find yourself quite limited as an American teenager. That's when I started to turn to this hand dandy application. I could talk to my friends with Yahoo for hours and hours without feeling guilty about using my messages.
I will say that the app is a bit slow. I have realized that there is a bit of delay between the computer and the message being received. One also needs to have near perfect reception in order to receive messages. This is occasionally tricky when you are on the go. Perhaps some improvements could be made. Then again, Yahoo! is one of those companies that seems to be all about innovation. I know that this application will become better as time passes by.
One of the best parts about this application is that it's free. This makes it accessible to all, which I believe is something very important. I don't spend any money on iPhone applications, and I appreciate that Yahoo! put this technology into the hands of all users.
For years, I have been use Yahoo Messenger on my computer and I have always found it to be a simple, easy way to communicating with other people who also use the same messenger. When I got my iPhone 4, I found that there was a Yahoo Messenger App, which I thought would be a brilliant way to use Yahoo on my phone, and best of all, it was a free app!
I downloaded the phone from my iPhone's app store, and it was downloaded and installed on the phone in just a few seconds. As soon as it was ready to go, I just tapped on the icon and the first screen I saw was mainly purple, with a yellow emoticion face and a sign in box. The box asks for your Yahoo email or user name, and then the box below it is for the password. You then see the app logging into the messenger, and most of the time this takes less than 20 seconds. Sometimes it has taken more, but the speed usually depends on how good your 3G signal is, or if you are using a WIFI Connection.
If you do not yet have a Yahoo ID, then there is a button to enable you to create one on the app. As soon as you are signed in, you will see the main screen, which shows you the contacts which are online at that present time. These are shown in a clear way, with their chat name and their main photo, so you can easily see who is online. You can also see your own status and photo on this screen, as well as having the ability to add contacts in the top left, and write a new message on the top right.
At the bottom of this screen you will see 3 other tabs, Messages, Calls and Settings. Messages shows you recent messages from on and offline contacts, and how long ago they were sent. These can be deleted should you wish, or they will be kept on the app for 4 months before being deleted themselves.
The calls tab allows you to make calls to other people on Yahoo, but I am not sure if this is charged to my phone plan or data plan, so I have not yet used this. The screen has the usual buttons to dial a number, but there is nothing to say what this is charged to, and what kind of numbers can be called.
The settings tab allows you to set your status to Available, Busy or Invisible. You can also change the settings for privacy and how the app appears on the phone. This is also where you can see the information about the app, including licenses etc from the makers of the app, and from Yahoo. This tab is also where you log out of the app, which actually took me a little while to find as I did not expect it to be under the settings tab. There is also the option to reset the app, should you wish to wipe all your details from the app.
I find that this app is really easy to use, and the iPhone notifies me every time I get a new message. It does not show me when people sign in, so sometimes I miss people when they are online, which is a little annoying. It is simple and easy to type messages and send them, and you can send all the same emoticions like you would on the computer version of this messenger. You can also send photos that you have on your phone, which I have found is a great way to send photos quickly, easily and for free.
The colours of this app are really nice and smart, with good colours, good fonts and high quality photos. The only thing that annoys me with this app is the fact you do not get notified when someone signs in. All in all, this is a brilliant app, and the fact it is a free app is brilliant. If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, then I recommend downloading this Yahoo Messenger app. It is easy to use, simple to download and you can chat with your friends even when you are not anywhere near a computer.
I give this app a 5 out of 5 stars, and I totally recommend it.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
To keep in contact with friends I try to use many different sources and one of those is Yahoo Messenger. To use Yahoo messenger you need to set up an account first and if you already have one then your sorted but to get one it is easy to set up with a few minutes filling out some details.
Once you have that account and a log in name and password you then can download the application which is Yahoo Messenger free of charge. You put your username and password into the system and it logs you onto the chat facility.
The next task is for you to find friends and you just input there usernames and they will pop up when they are online and you can speak to them via your phone, well that's the idea anyway.
The application is free which is great to begin with but when you download the application it seems to take forever to download so instantly there is an issue already with the application.
When you first add contacts you have a main menu page which displays all contacts in alphabetical order and if they are online they highlight in green and if they are not they are in grey. You just tap the name and it displays a message window where you can type a message to them.
All messages are given a time so you know when you are sending them and so does the recipient and you also are given many options as well when typing messages.
Perhaps you want to send a picture you took via your phone which you can do and they can download it to there's a very similar idea to Bluetooth technology but done via a different method.
You can also put emotions into the conversation so those little faces which show a smiling face or an unhappy face they can be sent as well so that part is very good.
You can display to people if you're busy or available to chat so you can easily change those settings as well to make sure you speak to whoever you want to. Not only that but you can make calls as well but I have never tried this feature because I am not sure if there is an additional charge as well.
If you turn off the application because your busy somewhere your contacts can still communicate with you because the phone is still registered as online so it means you will be contacted by your friends so you have to log off. The battery drains so badly if you leave the application on that your end up with a dead phone rather quickly.
The speed to which you log on is excellent and messages always seem to send to the recipient very promptly. I think how quickly it drains the battery is a major problem because if you're busy and just turn the phone on to standby you could end up with a dead battery very quickly.
I think the idea that you can log on very quickly and back off again just as quick very good because it means you can send a quick message perhaps to remind a friend of an important date or time and then log off again so it saves you sending a text perhaps.
I have never had a single update from this application before and I don't think I ever will because it is has most of the features you get from the computer version. You even have a microphone on there to speak to people as well if you wish.
Overall the application drains your battery if you're not careful and can take a while to download but overall it does a decent job at helping you keep in contact with friends.