Our Rating: 60 /100 ( )
AIM iPad App Review
At the core of the AIM app, actual chatting and IMing works and looks terrific on the iPad. The app features a rich selection of background images (I’m a big fan of the dragonfly) and messaging is the same as you’ve experienced it in the 10+ years of AIM’s existence. If you are one of the few people that use Facebook chat, then you should be happy to know that the AIM app allows for the option of integrating Facebook chat via Facebook Connect.
Overall, early reviews of the app around the web point out the difficulty in typing. I don’t see this as much of a problem. As a new platform and keyword – in terms of size – it will take more than a week to find the best and most accurate way to type on the iPad. Like the iPhone’s early adopters, typing will only get easier with time. For myself, I’m beginning to master my personal one-handed-three-finger typing technique.
Outside of chat, a second offering of the app is My Lifestream. Lifestream is already an available feature that’s on the desktop version of AIM. Through My Lifestream, you can integrate updates from your Delicious, Digg, Facebook, Flickr, foursquare, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube accounts into one super feed. However, the actual algorithm AIM uses to display status updates is rather random and appears to be based on your buddylist and who you’re currently chatting with. Unlike Facebook’s Top News algorithm that factors in commenting, the poster, and the type of content posted – AIM’s My Lifestream can be quite random and not as useful.
For now, the AIM app is great for chatting, but the Lifestream functionality could use improvement.