KakaoTalk

KakaoTalk

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 4 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.8.1
  • Total Downloads:
    28,536
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 22, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.

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Editors' Review

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KakaoTalk Messenger is more than a basic chat tool; it combines a number of features and tools to create a communication environment very much like a social network, but with a much greater emphasis on one-on-one and personal conversations. The app is designed for easy access to your contacts, combined with a number of additional tools to enhance your use of the service.

One of the most important things about KakaoTalk is the ability to connect with other users, so before you can use it, you must connect your phone number to an account. This requires a couple of verification steps, but when done, the app can access your contact list and check to see who you know that uses the app. You can then friend them and start chatting. Of course, there is far more to it than that. Chatting can be done in groups, in chat rooms, directly with people on your friend list, or via video or voice chat. You can also find people by ID search, QR code (scanning their phones), or shaking the phone near someone else with an account. Search tools exist, as well, but the dual verification system maintains privacy within the system. Other fun additions like items, themes, and a Plus-Friends list for celebrities and popular users are all welcome features.

It's no wonder that KakaoTalk is becoming increasingly popular with teenagers and younger adults who are jaded by the privacy issues that major social networks like Facebook tend to have. It is quick, mobile, and flexible enough to adjust to how you use the tool. For those that enjoy its use, there are many ways to do so.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Great app, I recommend everyone to check it out."

January 26, 2014  |  By tf245yay

 |  Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1

Pros

KaKaoTalk offers a great VoIP service and it's 100% free regardless of who and where you call. Technically this could save you a lot from your phone bill. The only requirement is that both parties have registered to KaKaoTalk and have a KaKao ID (all free). You can even change your voice to be funny and surprise your friends.

KakaoTalk is also a great IM application allowing you to send voice messages, funny stickers, chats, pictures and more between friends.

Many K-Pop idol groups also have active accounts that you can connect with.

Cons

You are required to have a mobile number that you can verify. (You will be texted a verification code upon registering). Free texting apps (e.g. Google Voice, Pinger, etc.) may not be used to verify (this is done to prevent spam).

This service also lacks a video calling feature that is available on some competitor services.

Summary

KaKaoTalk is a great app that I would recommend anyone to try out!

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4 stars

"It<br />It's such a good app."

August 26, 2013  |  By Arial11230

 |  Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1

Pros

Very helpful chat system. I like it.

Cons

No cons in my opinion!

Summary

It's worthy of trying. You will like it.

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2 stars

"Good try but not up to competitors offerings"

July 02, 2013  |  By woody3s

 |  Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1

Pros

The interface is nice, operation is smooth and slick, additional free emoticons (time limited)

Cons

Big Fail -- ties you to one phone number on one device. Any change in phone number or device, you have to register again, wiping out your previous chat data. Not good!!! Happened to me when I changed carriers and upgrade my phone. This is a basic no-brainer for a good social messaging app -- the ability to cross multiple devices (phones, ipads etc) with the same ID.

Also I don't see why they have to split the chat messaging app (KakaoTalk) and the microblog (KakaoStory) -- you have to access each separately... where as competitors like WeChat has it all in one.

Summary

If they fix the phone/device registering issue (allow multiple numbers and devices), then I would give it 5 stars. Only reason I'm using it is to keep in touch with some friends. IMHO, WeChat and WhatsApp are much better.

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3 stars

"Almost there, but missing a key feature."

October 02, 2012  |  By Kratz007

 |  Version: KakaoTalk 2.8.1

Pros

Does just about everything a Chat system should do, including file transfers and group chats.

Cons

Strictly tied to your phone number and will delete your account info off of any other devices. With other systems like Google Talk I can have it open on my Phone, Tablet, and PC and answer from whatever device is handy. Cannot do that with Kakao making it very limited use for me (no phone at work so need it on PC, and at home I'm more often with my Tablet.).

Summary

Good Chat system but needs to allow access from multiple devices (Phone, Tablet, PC, etc) and should be more readily available across more devices.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.8.1
v2.8.1 Update- The following issues have been fixed: On iOS5 friends list not showing properly when choosing chat friends: app is forced to close in the middle of scrolling friends list or chat rooms: profile image not being able to be enlarged: photos and videos fail to be attached while exporting chat records to email: keyboard being shown as a black screen in chat roomsv2.8.0 Update- Support for Additional Languages (Simplified and Traditional Chinese, Thai, Turkish, German, French, Portuguese, and Italian)- Minor Improvements Added: Friends list uploading speed improved: Indexing bug in friends list fixed* When you open up the application after downloading the update, a data optimization process will start. Please do not close the application before such process is completed. It could take a few minutes.** We recommend you to save your personal data before you update for the latest version. You can save data through mobile backup, 'Connect to email account', and 'Export Friends List', etc.*** If you have a problem in downloading or opening up the application, please turn off you device, then turn it on, and retry.**** KakaoTalk application is free of charge. You will not be charged for $1 that you sometimes see when you update or install the application. Please inquire Apple for more details regarding this.===================================v2.7.8 Update- Added function of connecting to email account(You can get your friends list easily from the one you had used before you changed device or number.)v2.7.6 Update- Spanish language available- Alphabetic index added when you choose/invite friends- KakaoTalk alerts added- Introducing voice verification
General
Publisher Kakao
Publisher web site http://www.kakao.com/en
Release Date March 18, 2010
Date Added October 22, 2011
Version 2.8.1
Category
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required
Download Information
File Size 8MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 28,536
Downloads Last Week 71
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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