I had been pining for an official IM app (especially because of Yahoo Messenger) for my Nokia N8 and E7. Before now, I have had to settle for Fring, which gets the job done really but has its own quirks. I had also given IM+ a try but had a less than satisfacctory experience.
As you can imagine, I was extremely pleased with the announcement of IM for Nokia, an official IM app for Symbian^3 devices.
I have been using it on my E7 for over a month now, and here present my review.
IM for Nokia comes with a Desktop Widget, which displays the status of your account (offline, available, etc), the number of open chats; & new chat messages. It also lets you sign in and sign out directly from the desktop with just two taps and without having to launch the app itself. That is top marks for usability.
IM for Nokia also displays a new message icon in desktop task bar, as well as a pop-up notification when you return to the desktop. This is similar to the notification system for SMS on the device.
The app proper can also be launched directly from the desktop widget. The first time it is launched, I was presented with a menu to select the services I want to use. Supported services are:
- Google Talk
- Windows Live Messenger
- Myspace IM
- Ovi Chat
- Yahoo Messenger
I selected Yahoo Messenger and was prompted to login. The option to sign in as invisible is there, as are the options to have the app remember your login details and sign you in automatically.
After entering my login details, an animated “signing in” interface shows up before contacts are loaded. While signing you in, the app presents quick tips for your benefit. Signing in is a breeze.
Tap and hold a discusssion in list view for options to save and/or end chats
The Settings menu gives you the options to set audio notification, to receive update notifications, and to display avatars.
During a chat session, you can –
- insert emoticons
- insert pre-defined messages
- save the conversation
In all, IM for Nokia is a great little app that has fulfilled my longing for an instant messaging app from Nokia themselves. Yes; it lacks file transfer, a feature that exists on several other 3rd party solutions. There is also no feature to buzz a contact. However, the overall simplicity and ease of use makes this a winner in my books.
The app is very stable and gets the job done.
This is the only IM app I use now on my Nokia E7. It is that good. I expect updates will come from Nokia to add these missing features and perhaps Facebook chat too. Then, it would become the perfect app.