Some friends coerced me into installing Voxer, a walkie-talkie app for iOS and Android. I remember trying out HeyTell once upon a time, but never got hooked. I’m going to give Voxer a real shot, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

The benefits are clear–you can quickly record a short audio message (or a text, picture, or video, I believe) and send it to someone else using Voxer. It’s a lot faster than typing out a message and hitting send because all you have to do is pick the recipient, hold down a button and record your message, and it takes care of the rest.

The few downsides include the fact that you can’t really “draft” a voice message; it is what it is, and you only get one shot before it’s sent off. Also, I imagine I’ll miss the ability to communicate through a browser. The thing I love most about Google Voice is that I can receive and respond to text messages through a website–and the entire history is tracked and searchable. That’s especially nice if you need to reference an address or phone number quickly.

Do you use Voxer or another walkie-talkie app? What features do you enjoy, and what drives you crazy?

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