When comparing IM+ vs iMessage, the Slant community recommends iMessage for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for iOS?” iMessage is ranked 4th while IM+ is ranked 23rd.
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Pro Can send encrypted messages
IM+ has the most extensive client support out of any of its competition and is the only app with the ability to send secure, off-the-record messages.
Pro Simple user interface
IM+ does the core IM experience incredibly well. The layout is intuitive to use and the very high app store reviews indicate how stable and user friendly the app is.
Pro Advanced chat history
Access your messaging history in the app or on the web
Pro View Twitter feed
Pro Off-the-Record Messaging (As a paid upgrade)
Pro Group Chats
Skype, MSN, AIM, and ICQ only
Pro Photo, voice, video and IM messaging
Pro Web application to chat from your desktop or laptop
Pro Extensive client support
IM+ has the most extensive client support out of any of its competition:
- MSN/Live Messenger
- Mail.Ru Agent
- SINA Weibo
- Yandex IM.
Pro Secure end-to-end encryption
Pro Cross-platform within Apple ecosystem
iMessage is available on iPhone, iPod, iPad, and Mac.
Pro Supports voice messages
Short voice recordings/messages can be quickly sent, and messages can be easily dictated into written messages as well.
Pro Free and unlimited messages over Wi-Fi and data
Messages clearly indicates whether messages are being sent over iMessage (blue) or SMS (green) where messaging rates apply. iMessages do not count as SMS messages with your carrier, instead they use a negligible amount of data to send over Wi-Fi and cellular data networks.
Pro Clear indicators for message delivery and receipt
The app indicates when messages have been sent, when they have been read, and when someone is typing.
Pro Comes pre-installed
No need to download or sign up for a new service
Pro Seamlesss switching between SMS messages
Pro Friends don't need to "sign up"
You can just message them using their existing phone number or Apple ID and they will get your message.
Pro Clean UI
UI is minimalistic, and clear. And there is a plethora of stuff on the left of text box if you wanna use them.
Pro Apps and games for iMessage are available
For example, you can play games like pool or you can show someone a destination to go to .
Con Not cross-platform
iMessage is not available on anything but Apple devices.