If you’ve been checking out potential new instant messaging clients, the fresh alternative from eBuddy Pro could prove exactly what you’re looking for.
If juggling multiple social networking apps and sites on your iPhone is just as cumbersome for you as it is for many others, eBuddy Pro aims to ease some of the common headaches of mobile social networking with its premium mobile instant messaging application. Developed by eBuddy B.V., eBuddy Pro serves up an integration of eight different messaging services into a single client.
For the avid social-networker on the go, eBuddy Pro can shave considerable time off of the account management aspects of Facebook, Myspace, MSN, AIM, GTalk, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ and Hyves. Once you download eBuddy Pro, simply register and create an eBuddy ID – a single user name for all IM accounts – to get started. From there you can access a one-stop-shop for social networking right from your iPhone.
Some of the coolest features of eBuddy include:
- Support for all the most popular social networking and IM clients.
- Comprehensive contact management database that compiles all your friends into one central location, differentiating each contact by an icon next to the name corresponding to the service.
- Push Notifications (stay “online” for up to 3 days)
- Chat Options, including the ability to send pics, enjoy group chats, and toss in emoticons when necessary.
Contacts are listed alphabetically by default, but can be sorted into groups under the “Buddies” tab to make it easier to find the person you want to get in touch with. Chatting is simple and easy to use, and is supported in both portrait and landscape modes – with the option for group chat too. To switch between multiple chat windows all you have to do is swipe your finger across the screen. And while chat and IM is the main purpose of eBuddy Pro, you can also update your status, along with your profile pic directly from the app.
The latest version of eBuddy Pro lets you customize the app interface, with a bunch of cool themes to suit your mood. Many of the features of eBuddy Pro can be found in the free version of the app eBuddy, which is ad-supported. While a solid performer, there are a few minor issues: start up time is still a little sluggish and there is little customization available for what gets “pushed” to your phone. More ability to customize individual aspects of the UI would be nice, as the themes are overarching and change multiple design elements at once. It can also get hard to manage all your chat sessions with many friends online at once, but the only real solution to that is to have less friends!
If you frequently use multiple IM and chat clients, for $4.99, eBuddy Pro will simplify the way you communicate and save you a lot of time switching apps.
eBuddy Pro is available now for download from the App Store for $4.99.
eBuddy Pro v3.4 requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.