Raketu Universal Messaging Client
- Universal IM client works well, call quality was good
- Cluttered; unintuitive interface; offers too many features, and not all work well
You're probably well set up already with your RSS feeds, podcasts, Internet phone calls, and instant messaging on major services like Skype and Trillian or AIM. So why use Raketu? I can't think of a good reason.
It's an Internet phone. No, it's an instant message service. No, it's IPTV. Wait, it's a news feed. Actually, Raketu combines all of the above, and then some. As a software client and a Web-based service, Raketu wants to be your communications, entertainment, and information hub. While that sounds great, Raketu overwhelms you with features, some of which just don't work.
After downloading and installing the Raketu client, we weren't sure where to start -- and the cluttered, just plain ugly interface didn't help. Our eyes strained to adapt to its reverse-type style (white text on a black background), and the tiny, unintuitive icons were far from ideal.
We decided to check out the application's messaging features, which are supposed to let you phone other Raketu users on their computers, call landline or mobile numbers (for a fee), send e-mail and instant messages, and whisk off SMS messages.
We encountered several issues from the start; the first appeared while we were trying to make PC-to-PC calls. To begin with, adding one Raketu contact -- a seemingly simple task -- took lots of clicking around. And once we had successfully added our contact, we appeared offline to each other, despite being signed in to Raketu. The company concluded that the problem stemmed from our contacts ISP (which was located overseas). At press time, the firm was investigating further, and said that it was planning a workaround to fix this issue. In the meanwhile, our problem with the contact remained.
Other Raketu contacts appeared online without a hitch, though, and call quality was impressive: our voices came through loud and clear (no echoes), and we noted just one instance of voice-packet breakdown, when a cluster of words sounded slightly distorted.
Beyond that, however, we encountered more troubles: the software initially refused to allow us to make calls to landlines and to mobile phones. The company then e-mailed us a fix, which eventually resolved the issue.
Despite the unsexy interface, the universal IM feature worked well. It lets you ping your buddies on AIM, Google, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, Skype and Yahoo; you enter your screen name and password, and Raketu efficiently imports your IM contacts from your contact lists. You can also call your Skype contacts from within Raketu. (Raketu does not offer video calls, but the firm plans to add that feature in an upcoming release.)
The messaging features are just the tip of the iceberg. You can also customise news feeds from the BBC, CBC, The New York Times, and other news sites; set up podcasts; get weather, stock, and flight info; and view IPTV and Video on Demand. RakWeb, the Web-based piece of the pie, includes many of the same features as the software client: It lets PC and smartphone users make calls, send e-mail and text messages, and watch TV. We haven't even mentioned Raketu's media player (with a karaoke button) or its slideshow viewer. But these features just feel like overkill.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Apple iPhone X
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
cloudandco Smart Cane
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Toys for Boys
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Bose SoundLink Micro
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Xbox One X
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Officeworks hops on voice interface bandwagon with Google Assistant integration
- Amazon confirms early 2018 Australian launch for Alexa and Echo
- JBL join smart speaker arena with the portable, waterproof and (Google-powered) JBL Link range
- University of Sydney Signs World-First Agreement with Dropbox
- Microsoft delves deeper into AI with new kit bag of tools
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTMS Dynamics CRM DeveloperACT
- TPPrincipal Project Manager | ApplicationsQLD
- FTSystems AdministratorOther
- CCProject Manager -AgileWA
- CCProduct ManagerACT
- FTSAP FI Functional SpecialistACT
- FTMultiple SOC Analyst RolesOther
- CCProject Manager x 2 (Infrastructure)NSW
- FTChange Manager - Part TimeOther
- FTSolution DesignerOther
- FTSecurity DevOps EngineerOther
- CCRecruitment AdvisorNSW
- CCBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTCanteen ManagerOther
- FTFull Stack Java Developer with front-end focusOther
- FTMachine Learning LeadOther
- FTData Centre / Hosting Lead - $800 per dayOther
- CCJava Developer - BrisbaneSA
- CCTechnical Field Engineer/SupportVIC
- FTSoftware EngineerSA
- FTBusiness AnalystOther
- FTFull Stack DeveloperACT
- CCDesktop Support / Field TechnicianWA
- CCAngular DeveloperNSW
- CCSCCM Deployment TechnicianACT