Why Should I Get It Over BBM?
Let's say you already have a BlackBerry. Is there any reason for you to switch to the iPhone 4S when it comes to each service's personal inter-device messaging services? Well, actually yes. Like I said, iMessage is like a beefed up version of BBM, and the extra features you'll get to play with include conversation continuation and video sending. Here are all of the neat things you can do:
- Send free text messages. Just like BBM, you can send a regular ol' text message to another iDevice free of charge.
- Send pictures and video. Quicker than sending via SMS, iMessage can easily send multimedia to your friends in seconds, allowing them to view it right in the chat window.
- Send contacts and locations. One of the coolest features of iMessage is the ability to send contacts and locations, the latter especially. If you set up a date with someone and they don't know how to get there -- and, let's say you're bad at giving directions -- just send them your current location and their iPhone will get them there in a flash!
- Group messaging. Need to talk amongst a few friends or associates about the same subject? No problem, as iMessage supports group chatting for however many people you need to keep in the loop.
- Track message delivery. Want to know if your message has been seen yet, or even arrived? iMessage will tell you whether or not someone has read the text you just sent so you know whether they've avoiding you or just not near their phone.
- Advanced text encryption. If you're worried about the security of your texts, don't. Apple's new service uses advanced message encrypting so no one can get in and read what you don't want them to.
- See when your friends are typing. Much like Apple's computer-based chat client, iChat, iMessage allows you to see when your iMessage friends are typing and when they're just sitting idle. That way you know whether to say more, or whether you'd just be interrupting their thoughts.
- Start on an iPhone, end on an iPad. Most iPhone owners own at least one other iDevice, be that an iPod Touch or an iPad, and Apple thought of this when they were developing iMessage. If you're having a conversation with someone on your iPad, but then you realize you need to go pick a friend up from somewhere, it's no big deal. Your conversation is waiting for you on your iPhone, so you can pick up right where you left off and vice versa. It works between iPod Touches, iPhones, and iPads.