The Best Nokia N8 Instant Messaging Applications

We are on a quest to try and find top 3 chat applications that are available for Symbian^3 the OS Running on the N8. There are a couple of really big chat applications available for Symbian. There are a couple of things that I rate the chat applications on:

1. Efficiency – are they efficient and not going to suck away at your battery life?
2. Cross Platform – Are you going to be able to communicate with your friends on other platforms
3. Usability/Design – Is it easy to use and start a chat, and is it visually appealing?
4. Features – Are there a lot of cool features?

Nimbuzz on N81. Nimbuzz – Currently we have found that there though this messenger seems bulky this application is the most feature complete as it has its own dedicated user base, as well as allowing you to communicate over MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat, Google Chat, as well as a variety of other services. As well they are VOIP provider allowing you to make network calls. This app needs to improve their ability to automatically select the network interface to use, as it makes the user experience weird. On my N8 running on rogers in Canada, when first starting the application on a 3G network a modal view is brought up asking me connect to a wireless network. If I did not select a wireless network Interface the application would crash and force me to select a wireless network. If this was intended as a feature, then please take it out, or allow the application to select a default network interface to connect on.

Skype On Nokia Phone2. Skype – Everyone knows Skype, but it seems like they can’t get the user experience right on Symbian^3. This application was seemed slower to load and killed my battery life. I did really enjoy the audio quality on VOIP calls, when it comes to VOIP providers, Skype team knows what they are doing. The Good thing about Skype is that they still have a massive cross platform support for their own skype user base.

WhatsApp On Nokia Phone 3. WhatsApp – I never really liked whatsApp on Android or Iphone (Iphone client they charge for), and I really didn’t like it on Symbian though It was very lean on battery and the it does not really feel well. As well, it would bring itself in focus at the most random times. And very often times crashes when the phone is in Offline mode.

In summary I liked Nimbuzz the most, but I think we need another messenger client to enter the game on Symbian that will really stand out in by their User Experience and efficiency. Since Nokia has just released their first set of devices with the Notifications API, many of the symbian chat apps keep constant network connections and thus eat your battery.

If you have any suggestions as to other messenger clients for the Nokia N8 ( I have already looked over IM+), then leave me a comment below.

The New Kik Chat | Better than BBM for iPhone, Ipod, Blackberry and Android

Kik messenger was profiled by Firstsearch Blue twice already back when it was in it’s beta stages. Since then, the Kik messenger app has changed it’s service for the better leading to so many downloads that their servers crashed!

The Kik developers have done away with the “Cheap SMS” scheme, where you used to be able to pay a low cost to send unlimited SMS text messages over wifi or 3G. This won’t really be missed, it wasn’t too functional and, if your cramped for cash, its so much easier to just get an unlimited text plan than having an expensive data plan, or running around looking for public wifi. They have re-designed the messenger interface on top of improving the predictive text and spell check to make it more user friendly.

What is left over is a sleek, intuitive, and multi-OS messenger service that, in this writer’s opinion, beats Black Berry Messenger (BBM). The app is available for Blackberry, Android, Iphone or even your Ipod touch. It has the leg up on SMS as it’s free and you have the BBM-like read receipts available. For those who don’t use BBM, this is a feature notifies the sender of the message when it has been sent to the recipient, once the message has been delivered and finally, and finally when it has been read by the user. The messages status is indicated by the little icon left of the sent message, reading either S for sent, D for delivered or R for read.

The application has had over 500,000 downloads in the last 10 days, and subscribers continue to pour in. The company is looking to try to monetize this audience eventually, most likely through streaming media sales.

You can get it on the Itunes, Blackberry and Android App Stores. Note that you might have a bit of trouble with it for the next few days as the company has temporarily shut down their servers to re-tool.