Those that’ve been reading this page for a while know I’m addicted to mobile phones and use mine mainly as a data device. We don’t have room for a PC at home so I’m constantly trying to find new applications that allow me to use my mobile in more and more advanced ways.
But it’s always the simple things that elude us isn’t it? Instant Messaging has become one of the banes of my existance. Applications I download always seem to be either lacking in features or use very unstable servers. So I’m always on the lookout for new versions or brands of instant messaging applications and today I found a new one, eBuddy, which can be downloaded right here.
It’s only a beta version at the moment so I expect some more functionality from it as the version numbers rise, but it’s already a good messenger for MSN, Yahoo and AOL. I rushed through the set up quickly enough. Enter name *click*, enter password *click*, allow online *click*, accept dr launch as a contact *click*, hang on… He hasn’t shown up on either my MSN or Yahoo contact lists so I’m assuming that functionality hasn’t been implemented fully yet, which saves me a test. Thanks Doc.
As usual, I used Spleak as my test contact to play around with the features. You can send nudges and some basic emoticons as well as store a few quicktext messages for easier access. All of these can be accessed from both the options menu and the text input menu which is handy. Another nice touch is that the last message scrolls along the top of the text input screen, for easy reference.
That’s really about it for features, but what more do you need from an instant messenger? It’s fast (I tested using GPRS as my UMTS connection is pathetically unstable round here) and quite stable as well. I checked out eBuddy and it’s actually the new branding for the old eMessenger WAPsite. I remember that constantly going down whenever I tried to use it, so I’ll have to keep my eye on this and see if it suffers similar problems. So far though, I’d say it’s an excellent backup messenger but not quite there yet to be someone’s main choice. Definitely worth keeping an eye on though.