Kik Messenger for Windows Phone 7
There have been numerous attempts in the past to create a messaging system that replaces the conventional SMS. Blackberry is the most successful that comes to mind. But something that works on all platforms was seriously needed. This is where messaging clients like Kik messenger come into play. Available on all major platforms like Android, iOS, Kik is now available on Windows Phone 7 too and it gives the users another viable alternative to something like WhatsApp. According to the developer “Kik Messenger is the totally free, crazy-fast, cross-platform messenger app that connects you to your friends in real-time. Use Kik to chat, share pictures privately, plan outings with groups, and stay connected to the people who matter most to you.” Let us see if it this claim holds weight or not.
The biggest advantage right off the bat that Kik enjoys is that unlike WhatsApp it’s completely free of cost. WhatsApp charges you 2$/year after the first year. Nothing like that with Kik. Download and chat for as long as you want. Downloading takes a few seconds since the app is only about 1MB in size. The first step is to make an account and you’re ready to roll. Kik hasn’t been updated to make use of the Mango enhancements yet but using the application I can’t see a reason to complain.
It’s an incredibly smooth and lag free experience. The app follows the Metro UI and is beautifully laid out. There’s hardly any lag or stutters that we’ve come to expect from other chat clients on Windows Phone 7. Since it currently does not support Mango features, it wont automatically search your contact list for other Kik users, you’ll have to add them manually. When that’s done you’ll be presented with a very nicely laid out chat conversation window. Everything just falls into place. You’ll be notified of a successful retrieval of your message by a D sign, or a successful delivery by a S sign. It even goes as far as notifying you when the receiver has actually read the message by displaying a R sign. The app also gives you the option to customize the colors of the chat windows incase you’re not satisfied with the default presets. Push notifications worked every time I tried and even though the app doesn’t support fast resume, it’s very quick to reopen. Group chat and the ability to send and receive pictures is also present.
Kik messenger is a very strong alternative to WhatsApp and in its current shape it’s a far better option. It’s better coded, which means it’s light on resources, opens quickly, and is generally very smooth. It also has a more reliable push notification system. All these advantages combine to make this a must have app for anyone looking for an SMS alternative.