Zello Walkie Talkie

Use your newfangled gizmo like an old school walkie-talkie

(8/10)

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Date: 21.04.2018 Author: Jay

Zello Walkie Talkie for iOS aims to bring back the old days of CB radios and walkie talkies, minus the crackly connections and spotty reception. Create private and public groups and chat live via voice, like we did once upon a time, before the advent of text messaging and social media. This one is novel, though arguably useless.

Zello Walkie Talkie wants us all to revisit the renaissance of live communication. Remember the old days, when having a CB radio in your car was all the rage? Things especially blew up when the movie Smokey and the Bandit hit the scene. Well, if that's too old a reference for ya, try spanning your memory back to just a decade ago, when cellular companies were boasting about their newfangled, Push to Talk features. Point being, this app isn't actually offering anything new or novel here. If anything, it's just another attempt to revive a gimmick long since left by the wayside, and rightfully so. Basically, this app is like a live chat room where everyone talks via voice. Just hit the big circular button to record and post a message, or speak live to groups. You can join a public channel or start a private one.

The app functions well with a few lags here and there. It doesn't really do or display much; just a large circular button you hit and then start talking. There's a host of groups you can browse and join, and the presentation is very dated and old school. Creating a group amongst friends or coworkers could be useful though, in certain settings.

Zello Walkie Talkie is decent for what it does, I'm just not sure what it does is actually needed anymore.

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