"It's grrrrreeeeaaatttt"4.5 starson by tehpyro
Pros: What its lacking: Emoticons, Ads, nudges, use by other users outside of gmail and custom nickname.
Cons: Other Lackage: Text to phone, it would be cool to see integration with more google products besides Google desktop 2 and Gmail.
Summary: What makes it soooo great? The fact that it's lacking all that stuff. Emoticons? As in those colourful things ment to show emotions but turned into colourful things that just annoy people? or ads. Even MSN has adds... there is one integrated into the bottom of every chat window that you barely notice but cant get rid of if you are nitpicky like me. There is also an add at the bottom of msn.
Nudge's or buzz... alright why the heck would someone build these into an instant messenger... if the person does not hear your beep they couldnt care half as they need to to answer you. Just beep again if its that important they'll check eventually. I've spilt a drink on me because the sound of a nudge scared me at one in the morning. and wow! no one else outside gmail can use it? who cares! i love that because Gmail is perdy much for nerds! its greatness because i dont get bombarded with instant messages when i sign in... i can sign in and get what i needed to do done on my comp without being bothered by 10 people. the custom name i can also live without... its actually better... none of the "who is this?" crap when someone changes their name and you dont recognise them. and it takes up less space in the window...
speaking of window who decided that the window has to be 1/4 the size of your monitor? i love the fact that a gmail window is about a quorter size of the competitors messaging windows... thats about 1/16 the size of your monitor... you can have 16 convos and see them all without resizing... you could have 4 -5 of the others and you may have to resize and rearrange to see them all!!
While im at it who really needs a display picture window like in msn? you know whats in most of them? not a picture of themselves. wahat a waste of space... it even takes up a bit of space when it is minimized. What a waste. Gah... I'm enjoying my rant.
Another thing: Google is getting critisized by tech reporters for being *Gmail Only* well i think they ahve it all wrong. Because of the utilization of Jabber, GT has become more compatable with more chatting platforms than any of the others... i can talk to someone on ichat while they use ichat and not some windows emulated program running on their mac. It's great because people can choose their own platform to talk on and connect to other platforms.
No voip? who cares if you cant call a phone through your text chat service. It's primarily text chat! you want something that calls a phone get skype! or here's a whacky idea... PICK UP A PHONE!!! wow.. that never came to mind eh? you are going to pay either way so just pick up a phone like an normal person.
Alright I have been ranting for a while about whats so great about Google talk i want to get into whats wrong with it. And I only find a few small things wrong with it. Lack of file transfer, lack of computer to mobile communication and i wouldnt mind some form of integration with Picassa or hello or both. They would be a great service all bundled up into one. It would be great if a friend could come back from a vacation and just redirect you to their picasa or something without having to send you a million photos. That's all for my review!