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ChitChat for iOS

By IDEO Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 19, 2014

ChitChat is a no-frills, minimalist, audio-messaging app. It is very easy to use and operates similar to other multimedia messaging apps where the message is automatically deleted after the person listens to it. It provides a straightforward and elegant solution to audio messaging for the iPhone.

Pros

Minimalist interface: The minimalist interface in ChitChat is outstanding. You just select a contact and then press and hold the giant, round button to record your message. Once you release it, recording stops, and the message is sent.

Contact integration: When you first set up ChitChat, it integrates with your existing contact list. It asks for your phone number and for access to your contact list. After that, your contacts are accessible through the app, and you can send a ChitChat message to anyone in your list.

Cons

Forced app download: There doesn't appear to be a way for someone to listen to your message without downloading the app itself. The on-board iPhone voice messaging app can send a voice memo as an attachment to a regular text message. Therefore, forcing you to download the app to hear a ChitChat message seems redundant, as it is replicating a feature, which is essentially already built in to the phone.

Slow operation: The app was quite slow in both the setup phase and use. After allowing the app access to the contacts in the phone, it took several minutes before they showed up. Sending messages was also quite slow.

Bottom Line

ChitChat is a very easy way to send voice messages, and the app's design is outstanding. However, it performs a function that your phone already has the capability to do, albeit in a slightly more attractive and easy-to-use package.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.1

Press and hold on any conversation from your home screen to send a quick message

General

Release September 8, 2014
Date Added September 8, 2014
Version 1.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 7.0 or later.

Popularity

Total Downloads 115
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

It's all about your voice, your contacts, and nothing more. ChitChat strips away all the noise to deliver a crisp and efficient communication experience. ChitChat brings a new perspective to voice messaging by rethinking how we connect individually and as groups.

Just tap and hold on a contact to talk, then release to send. Once your message is heard, it gets deleted.

ChitChat's minimal and unique design makes chatting with family, friends, and teammates effortless.