the door because this could really get messy. It comes down to the two multi-messaging and voice platforms – in other words the apps that tie every other platform together, Fring and Nimbuzz. Let’s get down and dirty with the two, this way you will know which one gets to be in your ever precious mobile device for a mighty long time. Ok, are you guys ready? Nimbuzz vs Fring, round one – go!
Nimbuzz has the edge here since it is compatible not only with iOS and Android devices but also with Symbian-based phones such as those from Nokia. Furthermore, Nimbuzz is available for Blackberry phone users. Fring only really works with iOS and Android operating systems.
Both Fring and Nimbuzz have planned their user interfaces well. They are both clean and simple to use. The tabbed window scheme when chatting on Nimbuzz is refreshing as it allows a user the ability to organize his contacts and chats more efficiently.
Fring’s interface is a little bit friendlier than Nimbuzz. It has a sort of Skype-like feel to it, what with its comical icon and the buttons that appear more novel than practical. On this note, it really comes to preference and familiarity. If you liked using Skype’s interface mixed with a dash of AIM, then Fring is for you. If not, then you will definitely get a kick out of using Nimbuzz.
Fring and Nimbuzz are somewhat brothers when it comes to online communities and messaging interconnections. Both are open to it, and that is proven by the numerous link ups it has made. Fring and Nimbuzz have both interconnected with Twitter, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, ICQ, Windows Live, MSN Messenger, and supports custom SIP accounts. This means that if you have any of the two apps installed, you can actually chat (in some cases, even call) with your friends on any of the above listed networks. The only real difference when it comes to interconnection is that Nimbuzz has Skype and Facebook hooked up, Fring does not. Don’t worry, though, Fring may catch up on the Facebook thing. However, since there seems to still be bad blood between Skype and Fring, Skype integration for them is dead for now.
Voice/Video Quality and Price
Fring is hands down the winner in video and voice quality. This is mainly because Fring is its own SIP and Video over IP provider. It ensures quality because it maintains its own network that can work on any medium of transport, whether Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G. Nimbuzz, so far, only works over Wi-Fi. It did recently launch video support, but the quality is still far off when compared to Fring (even if there are other factors to take into consideration). As for the voice, Nimbuzz and Fring both provide great voice quality for network to network calls. The call out, on the other hand, leaves Nimbuzz a sore loser since Fring is again solely responsible for voice quality. Nimbuzz leaves the responsibility of connecting your call to the global fixed line and mobile networks to the 14 different providers it carries and supports. So, it can never really vouch for call quality.
With regards to the call out rates, Fring is one of the cheapest right now. However, since Nimbuzz does provide the user options in terms of SIP/VOIP providers, the user can easily locate a call connection with a cheaper or similar rate as that offered by Fring.
Both apps are practical, powerful, and precise in meeting the needs of the average user. Nevertheless, in any comparison, there has to be a winner. And that should depend on the usage and preference of the user. For mere chatting and overall multi-protocol integration, Nimbuzz takes the cake by a nose. For video chatting and external calls, both apps are great due to their high quality and low rates. Overall, Nimbuzz seems to be a better IM messenger, although Fring does have some unique merits!