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Sponsored App Review: Pressenger: Pre-Call Message

February 16, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Pressenger is an Android app designed to spice things up when calling someone. Essentially, it allows you to control the image and message that appears when you ring someone. Giving you the option to call someone with a selfie of you, a picture of your view on holiday or a neat drawing and message to build bridges after an argument or something like that. It’s not a replacement for SMS or your voice plan, it just displays something different when you call someone, provided that both parties have the app installed. It’s a simple and easy to use application that had a simple idea in mind; to change what your contacts see when you call them.

To get up and running with Pressenger, you just need to download the app from the Play Store and then you’re ready to go.

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You need to enter your phone number and then confirm it before you can go further. Also, you are then reminded that both parties need to have Pressenger installed for this to work.

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While this is a little annoying, you can easily invite people to the app, which takes very little time at all to get installed.

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You us Pressenger to choose from your existing contacts to call, which is a nice touch. However, this does mean that you’ll need to use Pressenger as a dialer every time you want to send some sort of special message.

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Once you’ve chosen a contact – who also has Pressenger installed – you can then choose what you want to send when calling them.

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You can choose from a template you’ve already completed before, or send an image from your gallery or take one right away. As such, Pressenger is still spontaneous because you can take an image there and then. Once you’ve chosen your message and image, you can then call someone and they’ll see this message when they see an incoming call from you.

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Pressenger allows you to send all sorts of cool messages, like this one you could have sent for Valentine’s Day. The choice however, is up to you! Send a picture, send a message, send whatever you want.

This is an idea that I like a lot. I still enjoy talking to people on the phone, rather than just sending them text messages all the time, but sometimes a phone call can be a little cold as well. For instance, let’s say you’ve had an argument with a friend or loved one, they’re not very likely to pick up your call, are they? With Pressenger, you could send a smiley selfie or a message saying “Let’s talk it through” or something to that effect. I can also see this being great for friends and family dotted all over the world. Someone leaving in Canada could send someone in Europe a photo of the bad snow and that sort of thing. It’s a neat idea, and one that’s only really held back by the need for both parties to have the app installed, but how else was the team to get this sort of thing to work?

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – Pressenger is a speedy app and there’s no need to wait around for things to load, either.
  • Features (4/5) – A neat and cute idea, Pressenger could help you build bridges with friends and family after an argument or simply show your love for a loved one with a cute picture and message.
  • Theme (3/5) – The app is easy to use and such, but there could be some better use of newer Android themes, like Material Design for instance. With some added polish, this would be a much better-looking app.
  • Overall (4/5) – Pressenger is something that I feel could benefit from some added polish and such, it needs to be a cleaner and better-looking app, but the core concept is a good one and something that I can see catching on.

Pros

  • Easy to get set up and easy to use as long as both parties have the app installed.
  • Nice tool for making phone calls a little more personal and could be great for long distance relationships, holidays, that sort of thing.
  • Works well for those looking to jazz a relationship up or just something new.
  • Great way of making phone calls interesting again, especially for those that have stopped making as many of them.

Cons

  • While unavoidable, the need for both parties to have the app installed is a little awkward.
  • Update to new Android design guidelines like Material Design would be nice to see.

All-in-all, Pressenger is a great app that has a great core concept. Being able to send a little message or photo before sending a call is a nice touch and there’s so many things you can do with this sort of thing. For instance, if you were to ring someone to let them know you’re on your way, you could take a picture of the car before you get going, and then ring them to update them with plans or whatever. It’s a concept held back only by the requirement for both parties to have the app installed and some needed polish. However, in time I can see Pressenger only getting better.

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