I don’t know about everyone else, but I love how all the chat features are integrated into the heart of Maemo, when I can just look into the contacts menu and see who is where. But this approach isn’t everyone’s cup of billy tea, and has its own limitations. This is where qutIM for Nokia N900 helps out all the tea drinkers out there.
qutIM takes the old style approach to instant messaging. It feels reminiscent of ebuddy which I used to use on my old N95, which isn’t a bad thing, and it works rather well. Functionally qutIM does the same thing as any of the other plug ins that can be used on the N900, but it differs as it uses its own UI. The upside to this is that you can see you contacts statuses, display names and even set your own status far more specific then just busy or away.
The one thing I was afraid of with having a client like this for messaging is that when closing, would that kill everything too? But with qutIm it doesn’t, it will continue to deliver updates and can be accessed again from status menu. qutIM currently supports protocols for IRC, Pidgin, Jabber, ICQ and more, and has decent portrait support to boot.
While defiantly fun to play around with, and to experience something a bit different, I think I will continue to use messenger from my contacts, but since those protocols seem to mess themselves more often these days, perhaps we will all end up using qutIM one day. As long as I can remain online but not talk to anyone, I will remain content.