Overview of Agile versus Beejive

It is time to admit it: you are always connected. Five different IM accounts juggled by you and Facebook is always just a tap away. If you are this kind of ultimate social machine, then you will simply adore these two apps that will go head to head in our today’s match up. Agile and Beejive are two of the most popular IM apps on the iPhone and for a good reason of course. They both boast plenty of features and great design. But surely one of them is better, right? This is exactly what we are going to find out in this quick article as we will analyze their features. Let’s kick it off!

Developers

The developer of Agile is Agilemobile.com Ltd.; a smartphone software company that has a team of specialists in instant messaging software. It is a well known developer based in Bangkok, Thailand and its products are used by many of the world’s largest mobile operators. As a result, a lot of platforms such as iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Windows Mobile and Palm Pre are supported by them. Agile Messenger is basically their flagship software product. On the other hand, Beejive was developed by Beejive, Inc. Design and development of software for mobile devices is their main focus of this San Francisco based company. The Beejive IM app is the company’s first product and it is one of the most widely used IM apps on the iPhone. What is more, it is also available on the BlackBerry and Android platforms.

Head2Head: A comparison of app features between Agile and Beejive

Probably one of the most popular IM clients for Apple’s famous iOS, almost any messenger client you can think of is supported by Beejive. Add to the fact that the app is completely customizable and you will soon realize and comprehend its popularity. The interface is intuitive, has a clean look and common tasks for an IM app such as chatting and adding accounts are done with relative ease. Everything that is supposed to do in terms of functionality, Beejive simply nails it and the best part of it is its PUSH notifications. Also boasting an attractive and customizable UI, by using Agile, you will be able to manage through a single and unified location all your instant messaging accounts.

As for the supported clients, both apps provide you accounts on the following platforms: AIM/MobileMe, Facebook IM, Google Talk, Jabber, MSN/Windows Live, Myspace IM and Yahoo! Messenger. However, only the Agile app has incorporated support for the Skype IM. Many features such as picture sharing, support for multiple accounts custom backgrounds, chat bubbles and much more are a part of Beejive. It is an easy to use and efficient IM app. It also sports the longest session option I have ever come across – 7 days. Thus, there are less time-outs on the menu.

In addition to the standard feature that any IM app must provides, Agile does a great job at offering you some nice extra ones. The ability to send multimedia messages in IM conversations is one of the best of these. Voice messages can also be recorded if you tap the microphone button. The Facebook integration is spot on and the fact that everything in this app from chat history to speech bubbles and time-stamping can be tweaked make it one of the most customizable IM apps out there and the perfect app for those of you who just love personalizing every little aspect in your software.

Reputation

Agile is rated 4+ while Beejive boasts the same rating of 4+ on the iTunes app store. If we take a quick glance at the users’ reviews and feedback, we can see that both apps enjoy much appreciation and the critiques are almost similar. In terms of reputation, it is definitely a tie.

Cost

At the moment, the Agile app is priced at $7.99 on the App Store while Beejive can be acquired at the price of $4.99.

In a nutshell

All in all, both apps seem to have matched up quite well against each other but there are hints of functionality edging out our winner. Have you guessed the winner yet? Well, due to the Skype support and slick interface as well as the enhanced set of features it provides, the Agile app is our winner!

Head2Head winner: Agile

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