When I suggested to a friend that she and her family “had to” download Cabin to replace the Whatsapp group that she, her parents and siblings were on, she flatly asked: “But why should I when Whatsapp works so well”.
And yes, she has a point, but Cabin, voted one of the best apps for families by Google Play last year, is so much more than just a messaging app. Here’s why:
1. You can share messages, emoticons, audio notes and photos with everyone in your group.
2. You can set up reminders (eg: get eggs and milk on the way home) and you can schedule events (eg: Lisa’s birthday party) for yourself, the whole group, or just one family member.
3. You can send messages to “everyone” or just one member.
4. You can see where everyone is, based on geo-location. This isn’t meant to be a spy tactic (unless you want it to be), but rather a reassurance that your child has arrived safely at their destination.
5. It’s private – only the people in your group, who get there by invite only, can see what is shared, and fortunately there are no social sharing buttons to Facebook or Twitter!
6. The app is available for free on IOS and Android.
PS: While the app is touted as a family app, I think it could work with close groups of friends or colleagues…