iPhone App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
iGab, developed by GoGekko GbR, shifts communication from the written word to the spoken word by allowing you to send short voice messages to your friends. However, there’s a twist that makes the app even more interesting.
Concept and Functionality:
Text messages are fun, but sometimes you really need to SAY something to a friend. How many times has a friend misinterpreted something you wrote because you worded it incorrectly? That’s where something like iGab comes in handy. The app allows you to send sound clips that are less than 30 seconds long, which should be plenty of time for a brief message. The twist? You can send a cute 3D character along for added visual effect.
To send an iGab message, simply pick your character, record your message, and wait for the app to render your creation. There are six different characters to choose from (including a special guest character) and you can choose from three different emotions: happy, sad, and angry. Once your iGab message is created, you can share it via Facebook, Twitter, SMS, email, and YouTube.
As far as overall thoughts about the app, I truly believe iGab is a great idea with quite a bit of potential. However, I was disappointed to find that you can’t send a voice clip without selecting a character. Though the animations are cute, there might be times when one just isn’t necessary.
iGab has a few features that make it easier to use, including the sound clip gallery. Every voice recording you make is automatically saved in an archive so it can be used at a later time, which might be both good and bad. One one hand you’ll have quick and easy access to recordings you might want to send again, but on the other hand it might pose as a privacy risk. I would definitely love to see a popup option that allows you to choose whether or not you’d like to save your recording.
Also, I was super excited to see the animated characters because I thought the app might contain a bit of detail overkill, meaning the character’s mouth roughly synced to your voice. Unfortunately this isn’t the case, which is a pretty big disappointment because it leads to the character being distracting when his mouth is moving but nothing is being said.
iGab is available to download from the App Store for $0.99, which is a decent price given what the app can do. However, I definitely believe there are improvements that can be made to the functionality of the app, including real-time iGab messaging and better privacy options.
iGab is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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