Speechless? iEmoji says it all

Aug 30, 2009
Tech

Ever type a text message and feel you weren’t accurately expressing your feelings about an airplane? How about a men’s room sign? The iEmoji application for the iPhone solves those problems for you — by giving you a couple hundred icons for use in notes and text messages so diverse that you’ll likely never use most […]

Ever type a text message and feel you weren’t accurately expressing your feelings about an airplane? How about a men’s room sign? The iEmoji application for the iPhone solves those problems for you — by giving you a couple hundred icons for use in notes and text messages so diverse that you’ll likely never use most of them. 

The 99-cent app adds a virtual keyboard to your iPhone that provides an overwhelming selection of emoticons. They can range from all manner of smiley faces to express your feelings, to modes of transportation such as cars and trains. There also are completely random icons, including stylized Japanese characters.

For less than a buck, this popular app is not that bad of a deal. If only it were more functional. 

For starters, iEmohi is practically useless for iPod Touch owners. iPhone users can do more, but the sender and receiver of any text message has to have iEmoji installed in order to exchange an emoticon. That’s not very compatible. Further, the emoticons show up in emails as blank squares.

While iEmoji does provide a great number of icons — some of which actually are pretty cool — they are not useful if they don’t work or never reach a recipient. It is better to save your dollar for something others can actually see.

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Phil Hornshaw

Phil Hornshaw is a freelance writer, editor and author living in Los Angeles, dividing his time between playing video games, playing video games on his cell phone, and writing about playing video games. He’s also the co-author of So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel, which attempts to mix time travel pop culture with some semblance of science, as well as tips on the appropriate means of riding dinosaurs. Check out his profile.

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