Sendbird allows you to get up and running with a chat solution pretty quickly. We have since customized it a lot (integrating it with Slack, building notifications etc). It is pretty good for plug and play if you are looking for a basic chat service. We don't use their UI, but their UI is good straight out of the box.
Their response time is a bit slow, and they have made some changes to their product without warning and detailed descriptions of those changes.
All in all it was a good solution for us because we needed to focus on other things and don't have the bandwidth to worry about make sure our chat foundation is reliable. Sendbird has been pretty reliable with only a couple of times going down. Their pricing is good for what you get.
If you are just looking for a plug and play chat service then you should definitely consider Sendbird. If you are looking to customize it a lot like we have, then I would suggest thinking about what you are trying to achieve, as it may be better to just start from a little lower level like socket.io.
We ultimately decided on Sendbird, and have been pretty happy thus far.
Plug and Play
Needed to customize quite a bit and the customer support is not the fastest.
I think the product is useful and needed. Chat is quite difficult to implement into an app on both the front-end and back-end. SendBird makes it much easier to do so, but still needs work in terms of documentation and support. It was not that easy to implement a front-end solution, albeit a custom one. I would like to be able to speak with a tech support staff via chat. It was very difficult to get support over email with long wait times in between correspondence - at least when I was a non-paying member. One might say that is a crucial time to convert someone to paying. A direct line via Slack or even their own messaging service would be incredibly useful. I still have issues to this day with implementation related to connecting, temporary messages, caching, error handling, etc. There are a LOT of odds and ends that need to be taken care of, and I'm willing to bet most apps implementing this solution are not bug free or on par with more mainstream chat services and I think it should be.
Overall, I like the product. I think there's a lot more that can be done with it, and I look forward to future releases.
Definitely makes it easy to add chat. Saves a ton of time and headaches. It's a better back-end solution than I could have done personally.
- Needs better technical support.
- Needs a better front-end solution.
- Not very easy to implement.
I launched my app Pro Photo Shoot using SendBird as the engine for in-app messaging. I was very pleased with the way the API handled conversations, as it really took a lot of work out of the process, which can be very complicated if building from scratch.
A few things in the suggestion box:
- Faster, faster, faster! Make the API as fast as possible.
- Improve your console to make it easier to drill down into a conversation when needed
Ease of use.
Decent SDK and REST interface.
Documentation is a little thin. It could be more robust with details, examples, and use cases.
Responsiveness to our client needs is always the top priority for us. Thank you for your feedback and I will make sure to serve customers betters in production and inquiry responses - Mark (Head of Growth at SendBird)
Not having to implement it by ourselves :)
On top of the customisable API, one thing I appreciated the most was how easy you can communicate with the team behind SendBird. Had a request regarding some push notifications with WatchOS that were actually missing and within a few days, after some email exchange, here it was.
The fact it is not open source I would say. Open sourcing it would make it better for the community.
Thank you for being a valued customer Nicolas! Deeply appreciate your kind words. We look forward to further contributing to C&Z Tech's success.
No need to develop chatting tool, Low cost for using such tool
Easy to use, quick response for issues or inquiries. Also it's easy to implement at the beginning of the service.
Thank you for your kind review, we feel extremely lucky to have been a part of Pikicast's mega growth journey in the past two years!
Our product relies heavily on the messaging aspect, so we chose our chat SDK really carefully. Before settling on SendBird, we tried about 10 different chat SDKs. SendBird was the clear choice for us due to how customizable and flexible it is. This flexibility gave us the freedom to easily build many features using their SDK.
Sendbird is still evolving. We sometimes experience service issues and interruptions from time to time. However, their customer support is really amazing and they have been extremely helpful. They even built specific features we suggested.
TL;DR: Go for it!
Flexible & Customizable, great customer support
Infrequent service interruptions and bugs
Dear Omar, Thank you for your support. Sibly has been very unique use case for us that integrate SendBird inside (mental) health care industry. Please don't hesitate to give us a feedback and send us inquiries that we are more than happy to follow up. Mark (head of growth, SendBird)
An (almost) out of the box production-ready and performant chat as a service solution with incredible group communications features that is easy to integrate and build on.
For our use case the large scale public and private group chats were absolutely essential. The performance is impressive, the API straightforward, and the iOS client code provided was good enough for us to build on and ship production worthy code quickly.
The API has a few design flaws and, while superior to the competitors offerings that we have direct experience with, the iOS client code is pretty mediocre. Building truly high quality client UI/UX will still involve a significant amount of effort.
Frank, we will put much effort to offer better UI and Design experience going forward. Thank you so much for the feedback
It is super stable. After trying to build our own using firebase... This was an awesome experience that got us deployed super quick. It is fully featured and ready out of the gates requiring very little adaptation.
There are still some things that are not included in our portal management. However, engaging support has been able to resolve them.
We've been working with SendBird for nearly 2 years. The customer service has been excellent and the learning curve to get up and running, minimal.
Already a great service/product when we began, it's been nice seeing the team refine and expand the product. Each iteration has been well thought out and implemented. Highly recommended.
Ease of use, minimal learning curve
A couple times in the early days I found the documentation lacking a little but it appears this is no longer an issue.
Hi Mike, I am grateful for the all the supports you send us from the very beginning of Bombd app integrating with SendBird!
What makes chat services available to users without direct management.
Considering the labor cost, the use of the solution seems to be efficient.
The part where sustained service is maintained at a reasonable speed for use.
Constraints on custom.
It feels like extra cost for administrative features but not cheap.
I am currently using the moderation tool but it is not easy to check the chat history because the filter function is not advanced.
It would be nice if you could experience paid services before contracting.
Mr. Lim, I really appreciate your feedback. Out team will assure to improve our product to become more user friendly.
Customer service and feature.. the SDK is quite easy to implement. The performance is good.
The price, quite expensive. And the feature is quite limited for paying user. I hope I can get more MOU.
What we love about SendBird is the ability to integrate it smoothly with our brand while maintaining our own identity and user experience.
- Constant improvements
- Had too many critical bugs
- Changes to software without prior notice
With SendBird, we were able to cut costs and development time by using their API. It is robust and the documentation makes it easy to get started in no time.
Support was awesome ! Team answsered very fast and was really helpfull. Moreover, we had some latency issues due to EMEA deployment and the tech team has done a good job to improve the quality.
Maybe the SDK is a little young and some stuff must be redone (like the ability to create a user instead just login it and see...)
Thanks Tom! We will keep up with our SDK to become more complete and user friendly.
Product is technically flexible and supports Unity. Technically skilled product team. Sales and account team was fast, responsive, and had solid knowledge of the product. Technical team was readily accessible over a Slack bridge -- we loved that.
Darren, thank you for your feedback and we will leave note to our product team to make customer-friendlier chat interface going forward!
SendBird is a best solution for a basic chat service.It is very easy to use.I recommend SendBird for all those who want to integrate a chat platform. It is fast and easy to learn and use.
It is a tough job to integrate chat in both front-end and back-end.But SendBird makes it possible with out much time.It is very fast and easy. It didn't take much time to first implement. And the the back-end solution is really good. It saves a lot of time.
It would have been better if you provide good documentation and support. It's difficult to get support from the team.
Easy to install, to use and to scale. We were happy to use Sendbird, which is a very practical tool to interact with our customers.
Dear Ludovic, This is Mark, Head of Growth at SendBird. I am sincerely grateful to your candid feedbacks. We will keep doing our best to bring more scalable, advanced interaction tools for Afrostream and your customers. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am always happy to support you and your product. Kind regards, Mark
The platform offers a large set of tools and features to help you build a chat solution quickly. Documentation is nice. SDKs are easy to use. Supports translation of messages to over 50 languages.
Missing out on a couple of essential features like offline syncing & caching. Doesn't support presence (online/offline/away) statuses out of the box.
They've been flexible and responsive to any questions we have
SendBird is great messagining software! The pros range from ease of use, customized features, and quick response time
Had a pleasant experience integrating it into one of our products. I wish there was a little more flexibility, such as multi-user accounts, more timeout options on the banning of users in chat etc., but overall a great quick-to-start option with good customer support.
Price, speed, simplicity
Lack of flexibility with moderation, lack of multi user per account.
Hi Mr. Werner, I really appreciate your kind words and feedback !
SENDBIRD is a very good products for apps & games, we are using their product for our in-game players communication, the players said it is very good, fast, and convenient. and their business plan is highly free to choose. very good.
Winnie, thank you for choosing us to be a partner of Blitz Corp and all the kind words!
Easy to implement and super easy to monitor the messaging -- we're very happy!
So far, this has been great for a startup level use case
It provides SDK for creating one to one, and group messaging features. It provides translation as well.
Not open prices as they provides different price to different customers. Some core features are missing with different platform
Thank you Dheeraj for the candid feedback. I will try hard to place the pricing information more user convenient for you and also upgrade our features across the entire platform
Not really happy with the changes done to the platform without notifying us. Which put all our users out and lost more than 30K DAU.