An all-in-one instant messaging app that strides further than the competition.
An instant messaging app is probably the first app you would install on your smartphone. But if you are new to the whole shebang, or are looking for a change, the heaps and heaps of chat app on the App Store can become overwhelming.
IM+ by Shape services is one of the many, but packs in tons of features and a sleek interface that puts it right at the top with the best, and in most cases, even higher. Like most chat apps, IM+ supports all the major protocols: MSN, Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, MySpace, Twitter, Jabber and even Skype.
Setting up is pretty easy. Unlike other chat apps, IM+ does not require you to create a separate account to use the software. At the initial set up, you are required to select and sign in to your favorite chat platform, a onetime process that will save your password and connect you automatically every time you start up the software. The only drawback to this is that IM+ does not present the option to not save your password. If you are finky about security, you will have to be a tad bit careful before handing your phone to someone else.
The interface is divided into four tabs: Contacts, this is where the app will list all online and offline contacts that are associated with your account(s). The contact lists can be minimized to avoid clutter; Inbox, as the name implies this tab collects your received messages and works as a tab bar for your chat windows; Status, you can set your availability status from this tab. IM+ however does not allow you to set status per account; More, this will give you access to the settings, favorites and the browser (more on that later). There is also a customizable ‘middle tab’ which can be set to display the settings, favorites, accounts list, browser or Twitter. I have personally set it to show the accounts list where I can log off and in on an account quickly. Unfortunately, you may be forced to do the same as well since there is no other way to access this option elsewhere.