iPhone AIM client: FlickIM

Newcomer to the growing list of supported iPhone instant messaging clients, FlickIM is, in my opinion, the best of the bunch if you are an AIM user. To try it out, hit http://flickim.com on your iPhone. The experience is very iPhone-like. What impresses me most is its ability to retain and reconnect to the service after longish periods away from Safari. This has not been a feature of most other iPhone IM clients that I’ve tried.

FlickIM also supports sending YouTube or movie trailer videos via IM. References to the videos are sent so that another iPhone user running FlickIM will see the video play immediately, otherwise a clickable link will be sent to users of other clients.

Orange talk bubbles pop up to indicate other chat sessions and allow quick movement among them — a very nice feature.

All in all, FlickIM represents an as-near-to-fully-functional iPhone IM application as we can expect from a webapp. The biggest thing lacking from IM clients using a browser approach is full-iPhone integration. When my iPhone is locked, it’s smudgy screen black, I would love for it to make a little sound and vibration and pop up a little growl-like notification of the new IM that’s arrived much like SMS messages do. I’m reserving a little tear for the day this happens.

  • marie

    Also, check out heysan! – in addition to AIM, heysan! supports MSN and ICQ and soon also Yahoo and Google Talk.

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  • Robert

    While Heysan! works, it’s pretty ugly compared to FlickIM. FlickIM is faster on the iPhone and supports media sharing. I really like the way the FlickIM guys are constantly improving their IM based on user input. They support AIM, AOL and .MAC users.

  • sarah

    how do you download flickim??

  • alex

    very nice, the interface looks ichat-ish and unlike ebuddy it takes advantage of the iphone’s supperior browser (compared to other phones)

  • http://www.flickim.com Andy

    Hey…great to hear that everyone is enjoying our service so well. Just to clear up a few things, no download is necessary to use FlickIM. Just visit flickim.com from your iPhone (or iPod Touch), enter your AIM screen name and password, and chat away. Feel free to email me directly at andy@flickim.com if you have any questions or comments. We’re always open to user feedback as a means to improve our service. Cheers…

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