This is my honest review of a trending app called Voxer. It’s a push-to-talk application that allows Android and iPhone users to send audio voice messages at no cost; data plan included. With various apps that do the same thing vying for user’s attention, I was hesitant to download Voxer because I viewed Voxer as another standard walkie-talkie PTT application. Well, after a CNN video clip, a suggestion from a co-worker, and seeing it’s almost viral popularity I decided to try Voxer. For privacy I’ve blanked out various names and images but there are screenshots below. So lets start the review.
Voxer works…point blank. After signing in with my Facebook credentials which aren’t required it populated my contacts who had Voxer and the rest was easy. I knew my co-worker Jeremy had Voxer so I pressed his name and held the huge button at the bottom and began to talk. Within a minute he responded. The sound quality was impressive on my phone; AT&T Skyrocket. What makes Voxer different from other applications is it’s simplicity and user interface. I have to give accolades to their marketing team who have made this a cross-platform success so mobile phone users, irrespective of device, can community with one another.
So, let talk about features. Two features that impressed me were the ability to turn off the speaker output for more personal usage. The button is located on the top right and it’s highlighted green. I’m not sure how it looks on iPhones but it provides a little more privacy from open ears. Also within Voxer you can disabled the Hold to Talk if you prefer to start your push-to-talk manually and then end it. Be careful, this can bite you in the butt if you speak offhand and it’s automatically sent to your friend or whoever is listening on the other end. The fact that the feature is available makes it optimal for, I hate to say it, drivers who talk and drive. It can also be a blessing for other situations that require movement.
Voxer also give pertinent information about the incoming voice message by telling you the senders location, if the opposite party has it the feature enabled. It even shows you the length of message. The above screen shot doesn’t show my entire conversation, but Voxer proved to be a reliable way communicate with multiple friends seamlessly without any delay or degradation in voice quality. The app also provides the ability to speed up your friend’s voice by enabling faster communication. To enable this feature, just click on your friends voice message and press the rabbit button several times to test it. Very creative and useful for long messages. +1 for Voxer.
Of course Voxer provides the traditional features of typing a message or sending pictures which worked perfectly, but the beauty lies in it’s mainstream usage by Apple iPhone user and Google Android users. As it stands there isn’t a standard protocol for all devices with data but Voxer successfully and professionally fills the PTT gap in my opinion.
The settings menu provides a nice selection of features which including message notifications, vibrate, LED Color (if you phone has an indicator), and more. Voxer hasn’t made a penny, as stated by its founder, but a premium service is on its way.
In summary, I highly recommend Voxer and I truly believe this application will stay mainstream and set itself apart from the hundreds of wannabe applications. It’s worth it to note that I didn’t experience any FC or force closes, freezes, or random reboots while using Voxer. The application is widely used, intuitive, and unifies the mobile phone community. I recommend it as a quality app for Android and iPhone. Voxer is here for the duration!
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