This review of Pinger Phone is brought to you by AppVee.com. Pinger Phone is a social networking aggregator for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This app combines just about every major service you use into one app and then connects it to your contacts list.
With Pinger Phone, you can configure your Yahoo! IM, AIM, MSN, and Google Talk accounts directly to this app so you can easily chat. You can also set it to pull information in from your Twitter, Myspace, and Facebook accounts. The setup process for all of these accounts will take you a little while to configure properly, but you really only need to do it once. In the accounts area you can even configure it to send you alerts through text message when you’re contacted through any of your instant messaging accounts.
The main app itself is broken down into five tabs: Friends News, Contacts, Favorites, IM, and Keyboard, friends Pulls information from your Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. Contacts is a list of all your contacts that allows you to just type in who you’re looking for to find them you can also select how you want to contact them and see their standard contact app profile. Favorites are just a place to add the people you contact the most. IM handles like a typical buddy list for all your active accounts. And Keypad lets you dial as if you were using the phone app.
Pinger Phone offers a lot of great features in one device. It even lets you associate your contacts with their instant messaging accounts if you want to. Plus all of the instant messaging is handled in landscape mode. But the issue is, with an active Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace, your Friends News is going to be flooded and you won’t be able to respond over Twitter. Also, your buddy list doesn’t accept all aliases you’ve set, so you may not be too sure of who is who if you have a large buddy list. The idea is great and the ability to text through IM is awesome, but this app is just too confusing for anyone looking to really get something substantial out of any one of these services.
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