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TiKL Talk-To-Touch, Walkie Talkie made simple: An Android App Review

June 10, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

App Name: TiKL by TiKL Inc.

Description: TiKL is a simple VoIP push to talk communication app. With TiKL, You can instantly talk to your friends and family with the touch of a button. Talk to one or multiple individuals simultaneously. The only thing you need is their phone number. The days of waiting for the phone to ring are over. TiKL – Touch To Talk (Beta) is a quick, simple and free handie talkie application that is currently available in the marketplace. Turn your android phone into the ultimate Push To Talk (PTT) Walkie Talkie.

How it works:  TiKL Touch-To-Talk is a data driven Android application that allows you to communicate with your contacts via WIFI, GPRS, EDGE, CDMA1X,  and 3G. This application does not use any of your phone carrier’s plan minutes but it does have a built in SMS option to send other individuals a link to the application on the marketplace so they can give it a shot as well. When you are using the walkie talkie, there are two colors to pay close attention to: the blue color means that you are not in a call session with anyone but the red color means that you are indeed in a call session with someone. Just simply push to talk when you are in red and you will be able to continue your conversation (s). TiKL also allows you to talk to more than one individuals by selecting multiple names from the contact list.

Opinion: Let’s face it, text messaging is great but sometimes it is not that convenient. Many of us remember the good ol’ days when we used to direct connect via Nextel (or similar platforms) and turn our thumbs green because of the amount of time that we spent on that handie talkie. Although we had our challenges with this method of communication then, we can definitely say that once in a while a company comes along and gives us the ability to relive those days again on our beloved Android platform. I will say that this has been a great experience so much so that I’ve been recommending this application to anyone I know. This is definitely the application to be on the soapbox for. Since the application is in BETA, TiKL has a poll going on their facebook page to select the next features that will be implemented in the app in the near future. One of the features currently in discussion is additional phone support  (Blackberry, Iphone, Symbian etc…). One of the things that I saw lacking was a faster way to search for your contacts by way of a search box or slider. We are shaping the update cycle of this application so do not hesitate to give your input. The more feedback we give TiKL, the more we will benefit from this nifty application.

Ratings:

  • Speed (4/5) –  Fast in responsive touch to talk.
  • Features (3.5/5) –  Enough features to keep your attention.
  • Theme (4/5) – TiKL brings walkie talkies back in style.
  • Overall (5/5) – Great application.

Pro:  Voip and great voice quality.

Cons: Quick contact search and customizable tones.

Conclusion:  This is yet another great addition to the android marketplace.