I’ve been using Tengi, “the chat app which gives back” for a couple of weeks now.
As I mentioned in my first post, I’m partial to communicating via text be it on my blog, social media or via a messaging app on my phone. The written word gives you time to think, to formulate your response. It can be ignored until you have time to respond. It can be discreet and unobtrusive. Phone calls are often time consuming, inconvenient and potentially expensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love an hour long chat with my mum, my sister, my best friend . . . But there are so many times where text is just quicker and easier.
Tengi works in much the same way as many other messaging apps on the market – it’s free to download and messages are sent for free via your data connection. You can chat to individuals or set up group chats (the Tengi Bloggers group consists of ten of us which I must admit is quite a struggle to keep up with at times). Once or twice other members of the group said that they had bit of the chat missing – messages didn’t always seem to appear but I can’t say this is something I experienced myself.
The biggest selling point of Tengi is the fact it offers you the chance to win a share of the advertising revenue just for downloading & using the app – the more you use it the more entries you get. Tickets are give when your friend joins, when you’ve chatted for a certain amount of time or even when your friend wins. The draw happens each Friday and if you are lucky enough to win you can instantly claim that as a cash prize.
Of course this is all pay off for the biggest downside – the advertising. At first I found it supremely irritating, it felt so intrusive sat there in my inbox as an unopened message begging me to open it up and read. I thought it was going to be a deal breaker however you very quickly got use to it, like a loudly ticking clock eventually you just stopped noticing it was there. And, for the chance to win a bit of cash, it’s probably worth putting up with!
Other niggles include a heavy drain on battery life. Dave quickly deleted the app after it used up a good chunk of his battery in one day. I’ve found it to be a bit hit and miss to be honest, it hasn’t drained my battery heavily enough that I felt the need to remove it but it’s worth bearing in mind.
The notifications were hard going initially but I soon worked out how to mute those so I could read messages in my own sweet time rather than when the incessant ping insisted. The interface feels quite basic but is perfectly functional and you quickly get used to it. Like many of these things, it just takes a day or so to get it set up in a way that suits your own needs and preferences.
To my mind, if you can put up with the advertising and can convince all your mates over to the dark side, then Tengi is definitely worth a try. The chance to win money for something you’d be doing anyway? Got to be worth considering.