Kik For iOS Reviewed: Show Me Your (Old) Kicks
Yes, it’s good to use your number as a login. But what if you don’t want to show it? A nickname with an avatar, be it a real photo or some abstract picture would do for you. The ones you invite are the only ones to know your account and to talk to you.
As minimal as it gets
If you expect this messenger to flaunt modern multimedia features, you’ll be disappointed. Even in 2016 Kik developers don’t want to add voice or video calls or even voice messaging while most other messaging services have them ready for a long time. It’s not a bug to fix or a gap to fill; it’s the project’s position.
Meanwhile, it’s hard to find a better messenger if you need pure texting. Yes, Kik provides it for free, as much as you can type. And there are groups you can discuss anything. But finding interesting groups doesn't seem so easy.
No, you cannot scan your phone book and add all your friends who have Kik automatically. And no, you cannot share a large file (over 12 MB), attach your location. But if you exchange your Kik contacts face to face, it’s easy to do via Kik code. This feature looks like a circle shaped QR code.
The developers decided not to keep messages history in the cloud. And yes, this way Kik resembles ICQ even more - after installing the client on another PC you had no access to messages you had sent and received on another device.
The limitations have its bright side as well. Kik doesn’t require much from your Internet connection and delivers your messages really fast.
There’s currently no plan of making a PC or Mac version.
The app is only available in it's iPhone-optimized version. Yes, you can run it on iPad, but it will look like an expanded iPhone app. And yes, it’s cross-platform, so it doesn’t matter what mobile OS your Kik friends use. Alas, there’s no plan of making a PC or Mac version yet. But still there are over 200 million users kikking!
Color your text up
Stickers store is a routine for today. You can buy stickers one by one or by theme sets. There are dozens of pictures describing some emotion, event, word, or situation. But it seems like the least interesting part of Kik’s built-in possibilities.
With Kik’s meme generator you can create your ad hoc memes. If you think that a facepalm, Shaun Bean as Boromir or Grumpy Cat would make a good illustration to your reply, you can use them right from Kik. In other messengers, you’d have to use an external service for that.
Fun It Up
And one of the most interesting web apps available within Kik is a real working web browser! Of course, it can’t compare to Safari in any way. But you don’t have to leave Kik to browse for something amusing. There are preinstalled links for Kik services and some other resources. This browser is lightweight and requires little from your broadband just like the messenger itself.
In fact, it’s the inner web apps that make Kik something special in a way. It’s a real chat platform that may grow into something greater from now on.
There is an inner currency called “Kik points”, KP for short. The prices are shown in KPs. Of course, you can purchase KPs for real money via AppStore. These purchases are optional. And yes, they can be restored after you install Kik on another device. That’s enough to keep Kik completely ad-free.
The bottom line
All in all, with Kik you get a good old school messenger for texting with come pleasant extras, not necessary at all but creating an atmosphere in Kik.
It’s great if you still like to communicate by texting and writing or if you go online from your classes or other places with voice communication banned. This fast, simple and ad-free messenger can be a real blessing for such situations.