Having the ability to talk instantly on cell phones is something we all need. “Push to talk” is an instant way to stay in contact with out having to go through the whole “inconvenience” of making a call. Voxer’s app makes Android push to talk a reality.
The most appealing thing about Voxer and push to talk technology is the ability to save minutes and money on what may be a constrictive phone plan. Being able to stay in constant, instant contact is not always right for some people, but for others they will enjoy the communication. Some couples, or friends, will find it very useful if lots of communication is done with one person, or a small group.
As an added bonus you can sync the Voxer Walkie-Talkie PTT with your Android Facebook app. When that is done then any Facebook friend that you have that also has Voxer will show up on the app’s “buddy list” so you can walkie-talkie communicate at any time.
-4.0 out of 5 star rating with 2,761 total reviews (Update: 4.3 stars, 52, 499 reviews-6/3/2012)
-Service that is faster than HeyTell’s
-Instantly communicate your voice, text, photos and location. Know where your buddy’s are.
-Can operate under WiFi, 3G, 4G and Edge
-Be instantly notified about new messages
-Almost instant access to voice messages left for you
-Works even offline. Just compose the message then when you’re in coverage or connected the message is sent
Maybe the best thing about the Voxer Android app is that is completely FREE. Anyone can download and use it immediately.
We used a small text bed of 4 people, all using different Android phones, and the results were more than adequate. We were able to stay in contact at all times and could even speak at the same time, just like a phone call, as long as both parties kept the button depressed.
On the Android Market review sections there are some spattering of comments about not getting messages in real time. They’ll pop up “eventually” but will sometimes lag and notify out of nowhere about older messages, much like TweetCaster does. We couldn’t find any complaints, and had none ourselves, about the actual communication portion of the Voxer app. Any grumblings about it had mostly to do with the notifications and users having trouble accepting friends and invites.
Final Analysis: Voxer is a good app that does what it’s supposed to do. It’s FREE. With a little work on the actual operation platform this could be one of the greatest FREE apps out there that is vital to constant communication and awareness, much like Facebook and Twitter apps.
(Update: Since this review was written Voxer has exploded onto the Android scene. Reviews and downloads have both doubled! 6/3/2012)