Kik: Better Whatsapp Alternative?

Like everything awesome, something more awesome always comes along after the originally awesome thing loses some of its awesomness.

In other words, Whatsapp’s godlike ubiquitousness and ease of use is now hindered with registration fees after a period of time (a dollar isn’t much, but not everyone has an onlin-ready credit card). Also, I’m completely unsatisfied with the Whatsapp Android app performance on my Samsung Galaxy S.

Last night though, whilst browsing through the Android Market, I saw 4.5 stars for Kik Messenger and loads of very positive comments, so I said why not since the size wasn’t much (less than a megabyte I believe)

Today, thanks to the status by my dear friend Dima Hajj, I realized that some of my friends have Kik, including non-Android users.

Now, here’s what’s nice about Kik

  • Incredibly fast, unlike Whatsapp which crashes a lot and can be sluggish
  • Much better graphics and organization of conversations and contacts
  • S, D and R labels next to your IMs (sent, delivered and read) just like the BBM and an upgrade from Whatsapp’s notrious double-checks (which do not signal that the message has been read, or in fact received for that matter, only sent)
  • Finds contacts from your existing contact list (just like whatsapp)
  • Completely free

Disadvantages?

  • Versions for Android, BB and iPhone/iPod are already available, but no Nokia version (unlike Whatsapp)
  • No sending images/location/files/contacts etc.
  • Does not check phone numbers to automatically add contacts (like Whatsapp) but uses emails if stored in contact list

So, why not download Kik from your App Store/Market or through this link on your BB

UPDATE: As I’m sure many of you found out, RIM (Blackberry maker) has banned Kik from the BB, dealing a heavy (and very unfair) blow to the Kik application. You might want to consider that in addition to the above =)

Update 2: Kik is back on BB! Read more here. Thanks Sh4do3

Read more with:

Whatsapp vs Kik vs LiveProfile vs Kakao

Special thanks to Wael Toutoungy for pointing out some disadvantages I had so clumsily missed =P

Comments

    • says

      Actually, in my case, it “suggested” friends for me who use Kik…
      I’m not sure though if that was based on their emails (which I also have saved) or their numbers…

  1. uxsoup says

    you can’t really compare anything to whatsapp since it’s still in beta and they explicitly tell users that it’s still buggy and to bare with them.

    second, 1$ is nothing. I hope that Whatsapp are smart enough to set up short codes to pay for the app (ie send an SMS to 666 to pay for the application). Sooner or later KIK will be a paid service otherwise they will flood you with SMS spam and regular mobile ads.

    But cool though! early stage

  2. hrag terzian says

    do you know that ping is full the like bmm in full version for iphone blackberry and android which include group chat and multimedia transfer

  3. patrick says

    So, why did RIM ban Kik and not LiveProfile? LiveProfile has the same delivery and read notifications as Kik does.

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