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Hello Fediverse!

What are your opinions about Delta Chat?

Is it good? Any hidden problems?

Should I recommend it for non-technical people?

#DeltaChat #AskTheFediverse #AskMastodon

its really cool and works out of the box!

I think the idea isn't that bad.At least you can reach really everyone using it.But the email protocol is too slow for a realtime chat in my opinion.It was built for a few big messages and DeltaChat is abusing it for thousands of small messages.I don't think that this will work for big masses.Email providers will need to buy more servers or ban users which send high amounts of messages if DeltaChat continues to grow.

Main problem for me - I'm using mail client and it start to show me a lot of notifications while I'm chatting with delta chat.

For the rest it is awesome.

There has been an article on that in a German tech magazine just recently. Not so cool, basically.

https://www.golem.de/news/chat-over-imap-gut-gemeint-ist-leider-nicht-gut-gemacht-1905-141009.html

I used to use it for some time. But my fellows were rather confused.

I've had very positive experience with #DeltaChat . Using the Android client from F-Droid, #selfhosted email server.

The one-to-one chat is rock solid. Autocrypt (end to end encryption) works automatically if both sides using Delta Chat client. Sending large images, emoji, all work seamlessly.

I tried 2 android phones side by side sending messages to each other - It's almost as fast as WhatsApp 😮​

I tried sending messages to people using Gmail or Exchange, and they had no problem viewing my messages. Reply also works very well between Delta Chat client and Gmail client

Haven't tried group chats so can't comment on it

Oh, and the app is quite friendly on phone's battery life 🔋​

Conclusion: Awesome concept, solid execution

To me it's the ONLY real alternative to use a FLOSS Messager app with my REAL contacts (not just myself or an 5% of my contacts who use, for example, Signal, Matrix, etc.). Everybody has an email address, so I can reach everybody using #deltachat, even if they don't use it.

It has some cons, of course, but used with other deltachat contact, it's as quick as Telegram like apps.

For me, at last, a MUST.

I've only played a little with Delta. I like the idea and it seems beginner friendly. My first complaint is that gmail doesn't recognize it as one ongoing conversation like the chat app does. Anyone stuck using their email gets a whole new email for each response instead of seeing it as a reply. Complaint #2 is that protonmail gives an imap error and their idea of help is telling you to ask a friend. That part is not cool for less tech savvy users.
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main reason I didn't start trying to recommend it was that the users would need to know all their imap settings.
bit of a barrier to entry, imo (at least for non-technical types that don't know about "email server settings")