Android and iPhone app - BAND, the Group app Review


This article reviews the BAND app, an app that is specifically designed for making groups with your friends, team or coworkers. Know how this app takes the concept of a Group app to the next level with its plethora of professional features.

There are so many friends our parents miss so much, beginning right from school, college and few from our previous jobs if they were that lucky ;) However, our generation, starting from the one who had access to Facebook by their teenage have been a little better in this way as we still are still connected to our old friends and acquaintances even through different mediums of communication. It all started with making Groups on Facebook which sooner or later got boring, then came Whatsapp which is still probably the most famous way right now to have group communications.
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However, if you are like me then you would have noticed that Whatsapp groups lack features for more meaningful tasks. While it is easy to do meaningless banter there, but if you are a professional or even a semi-professional group then you will feel it difficult to actually synchronize with your group on any task. Here is where BAND can fix those holes. BAND is an Android and iOS app where you can not only Group chat, but you have timelines to post to, albums to create to share photos from a particular event or get together, calendars to mark important days or meet ups, share files with whole group and have polls when you want to decide something and have your opinion heard.

It is an app which is great for every type of group. Whether you are a study group where you want to share notes, a music band who wants to decide on the songs you will be playing for the next concert, a football group who wants to decide on the next day of match or just a group of old friends who for some reason don't want to use Whatsapp or Facebook and would like to have more privacy.

Oh, one great thing I forgot to mention is that you can also access BAND from your computer. So even if you don't have data plan from your operator, you can open band.us in office and see the latest happenings right from your desktop.



As is commonly the first requirement, you need to start with the download of the app based on the OS you are using: BAND on Android or BAND on iOS. This is a free app on both. You can take a look at what more the app has to offer from the respective app store.

Start BANDing
You have to provide your mobile number to sign up with the app. After that you would also be requested for your email address, either of which you can use to sign in to the app. You can also chose to use your Facebook account to sign up for the app.

Make BAND account

The first thing you need to start with is creating a BAND. Creating a BAND group is just a matter of giving a name to the group and you are done. After that you can use SMS, email or a link to invite other people to join the group. By default the group made is Secret. You can choose if you want to approve members who put in request to join. This is a great way to keep the bad apples at bay.

Make BAND group

I went ahead and make a group for our website. We have a small group working behind the screens to keep this website running and who better to invite to test this app for a review!

Techulator BAND

While making the group you would be taken through the different features available at your disposal in the group. Though my team seems to be taking its own time in downloading and start using this app, but you have got over that initial hiccup, your BAND group can be a great archive to go over those interesting times that happened in your group. Just imagine having your four years of life with friends in college stored inside an app to look back whenever you feel like!

Below we have a great example how our whole team will have the information that someone has to attend a blogger event a particular day. This would make the planning and follow up quite easy for us. The images from the event can be directly shared with the whole team from the app and live coverage of the event can also be easily handled by someone from the team while the attendees can post the update unedited directly on the app.

Event planning BAND group

The chat feature is great to have informal discussions with the group. BAND allows you to upload 100 photos at once and share with the whole group in an album. For those who are looking to use BAND for more professional purposes, there is a To-Do list which will enable the team to be updated regarding the deadlines.

Wrap up


Wrapping it up, I feel BAND is a great app to have in your smartphone. It's a shame that the app is not available for Windows smartphone. But other than that, if you are an Android or iPhone user, you have a great utility app to share and sync your work with your group or team. I would definitely recommend this app to all my readers. Be it for professional or personal use, this is a must have app for all.

Ratings: 9 out of 10
Pros: BAND can be used from desktop, Android or iOS app, offers polls, calendars and to-do list for professional usage, allows practically most activities you like to do in a group including chats and file sharing.

Cons: Not available for Windows phone platform. Voice and Video calling not available.

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Comments

Author: Timmappa Kamat17 May 2015 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

I have received your invite for joining the group. However, I am yet to download the app. By what has been described by you, the concept looks quite interesting.

Author: Amit19 May 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Great app review Ankit. While I was about to download the app on my Android, I stumbled upon the number of permissions it required from my device. I could live with some permissions like Contacts, Calendar,Photos etc, some others were downright unexplainable; Phone, Microphone, SMS, Device & App History. I would like to install and use this app for the Techulator group, however I'm a little apprehensive for the issue stated above.

Author: Ankit05 Jun 2015 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

Amit,
If I am not mistaken, Android does not allow to developers to ask for permissions individually like "Phone" or "SMS". The permissions are clubbed in form on "Network permissions", "Audio and Video permissions". So, in case the app requires even few permissions, it has to ask for much more.

Even I am not using it now but I doubt you need to worry much about it in case you use it for your own purpose.



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