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Pocket Avatars app review: express yourself in a fun way



When you are messaging your friends sometimes the conversation can lack expression, which is exactly where this next app can help fill in the blanks, so to speak. The Pocket Avatars app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone and gives users a way to message that is expressive, creative, and plenty of fun. Your messages will be sent with a character that manages to mirror your voice and face; it's as though you'll be there chatting with your friend in person. 

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Don't Let Distance Be a Factor

Just because you and your friend aren't in the same room together doesn't mean you can't have a fun conversation together that is full of expression. The Pocket Avatars app allows you to pick one of the characters, put together your message, and then send it to your recipient. Through the app you'll be able to send pictures, text, and voice messages. So how exactly does the app manage to mirror your face and voice? It uses facial tracking algorithms that are able to render your voice and expressions onto an avatar. Because the app has been designed by Intel Corporation you know you're getting pretty cutting-edge technology.

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Keep in mind the Pocket Avatars app does require iOS 7.0 or later to use. There are coin packages available to purchase and range in price from $0.99 to $19.99. In the app's recent update developers have made the registration process easier and faster, done some bug fixes, and improved the facial tracking technology. The app has 3.5 out of five stars but the customer comments are nothing short of glowing.

Choose your avatar
Choose your avatar

Engage in Conversation

The Pocket Avatar app makes it possible to engage in your conversation in a way that is usually only possible if you are standing face-to-face. You'll be able to send your record and then send your picture, text, and voice messages for free, and just for some added fun you can also post the messages to social media. You can block or accept contacts, take advantage of the address book auto sync feature, receive push notification when you get a message, and save messages if you like. You've got a bit of creative freedom here too as you can modulate your voice to be low or high and choose the skin on your message. Once you start sending your messages this way it will be hard to go back to standard expressionless messaging.

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Render your face and voice onto the avatar
Render your face and voice onto the avatar

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Pros and Cons


  • The app is very easy to use
  • Choose between a number of fun avatars
  • The app is able to render your voice and facial expressions onto the avatar
  • Send voice, picture, and text messages
  • Set up push notifications for when you receive a message


  • There had been some minor performance and ease-of-use issues which were addressed in the last update

Pocket Avatars screenshot
Pocket Avatars screenshot

Final Thoughts

The Pocket Avatars app can be used on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone as a way to jazz up any conversation. This is a user-friendly option that is fun and quite unique.


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