Kik Review: Old School Alive and Kikking15,594
Today’s mobile messenger is pretty much like your phone. It lets you chat, create group discussions, talk with your voice and even use video chats.
The main difference between these messengers and regular phone functioning is pricing: Internet turns out much cheaper than traditional phone services.
Kik for Android and iOS reminds of that good old ICQ or Yahoo! Messenger of the late 1990s. Texting, texting, all about texting. This app has been made for text messages first of all. Yes, it’s free and unlimited.
Yes, it’s good to use your number as a login. But what if you don’t want to demonstrate it? A nickname with an avatar (real photo or some abstract picture) would do for you. The ones you invite are the only ones to know your account and to talk to you.
Stickers store are quite a routine for today. You can simply buy stickers one by one or by theme sets. There are dozens of pictures describing some emotion, event, word, or situation. But it seems the least interesting part of Kik’s built-in possibilities.
With Kik’s meme generator you can create your ad hoc memes. If you think that a palm-covered face, Shaun Bean as Boromir or Grumpy Cat would make a good illustration to your reply, you can use them right from Kik. In other messengers, you’d have to use an external service for that.
Another funny option is Sketch feature. You can draw or write your message by hand (OK, with a stylus, if you’re an old school kind and don’t like finger drawing). Sometimes it’s more pleasant to receive a real letter written by hand. This feature seems rare (if not unique), and it may be a real reason to install Kik.
And one of the most interesting web apps available within Kik is a real working web browser! Of course, it can’t compare to Safari in any way. But you don’t have to leave Kik to browse for something amusing. There are preinstalled links for Android Kik services and some other resources. This browser is lightweight and requires little from your broadband as well as the messenger itself.
If you expect new multimedia features from this messenger, you’ll be disappointed. Even in 2016 Kik developers don’t want to add voice or video calls or even voice messaging (while most other messaging services have them ready for a long time). It’s not a bug to fix or a gap to fill; it’s the project’s position.
Meanwhile, it’s hard to find a better messenger if you need pure texting. Yes, Kik proposes it for free, as much as you can type. And there are groups you can discuss anything. But finding interesting groups seems not so easy.
No, you cannot scan your phone book and add all your friends with Kik automatically. And no, you cannot share a large file (over 12 MB), attach your location. But if you exchange your iOS Kik contacts face to face, it’s easy to do via Kik code. This feature looks like a round kind of QR code. One of you should run this feature on his phone while the other starts the same feature in scanning mode and scans the code from the screen.
The developers decided not to keep messages history in the cloud. And yes, it resembles that ICQ even more. After installing the client on another PC (or communicator) you had no access to messages you had sent and received on another device.
The limitations have its bright side as well. Kik doesn’t require much from your Internet connection and delivers your messages really quickly.
Yes, there are some media adding functions. You can send pictures from your gallery, fresh photos and videos from your iDevice, GIF animated emoticons and different kinds of content. Kik even has a special section hidden deep in Attach menu. You can find a whole department store of funny things there.
Cross-platform use 8/10
KIK is a cross-platform app, so it doesn’t matter what mobile OS your Kik friends use.
For iOS, the app is only available in iPhone-optimized version. Yes, you can run it on iPad, but it will look like an expanded iPhone app. Alas, there’s no plan of making a PC or Mac version yet. But still, there are over 200 million users kikking!
There is an inner currency called “Kik points”, KP for short. Prices are shown in KPs. Of course, you can purchase KPs for real money via AppStore. These purchases are optional. And yes, they can be restored after you install Kik on another device. And yes, that’s enough to keep Kik completely ad-free.
The Bottom Line
So, we get a good old school messenger for texting with come pleasant extras, not necessary at all but creating an atmosphere in Kik. It’s great if you still like to communicate by texting and writing (or if you go out online from your classes or other places with voice communication banned). This fast, simple and ad-free messenger can be a real salvation for such situations.
In fact, it’s inner web apps that make Kik something special in a way. It’s a real chat platform that may grow into something greater from now on. Download Kik and see it yourself!
Pros : Really good at pure texting;
Cons : Dull sticker store;
Options limited beyond texting.
Cross-platform use 4.0