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Flock review

A strange hybrid hardware 2 factor authentication of group texting, hardware 2 factor authentication Microsoft hardware 2 factor authentication Teams’ hardware 2 factor authentication chats and hardware 2 factor authentication Slack’s design

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Our Verdict

Flock hardware 2 factor authentication is one strange hardware 2 factor authentication beast. The messaging platform has some powerful hardware 2 factor authentication features but looks a bit like hardware 2 factor authentication the offspring hardware 2 factor authentication of Microsoft Teams hardware 2 factor authentication and hardware 2 factor authentication Slack (and not hardware 2 factor authentication in a good way). Flock hardware 2 factor authentication does get some things right but in hardware 2 factor authentication the hardware 2 factor authentication end the service seems more hardware 2 factor authentication like a hybrid hardware 2 factor authentication of other apps without a clear focus.

For

  • One click access to video calls
  • Easy expansion with more teams

Against

  • Confusing interface
  • No truly exceptional features

Not hardware 2 factor authentication every collaborative hardware 2 factor authentication messaging hardware 2 factor authentication app can win your hardware 2 factor authentication heart. Slack is hardware 2 factor authentication so streamlined hardware 2 factor authentication and hardware 2 factor authentication easy to use that the adoption rates are hardware 2 factor authentication through the hardware 2 factor authentication roof -- once people start using hardware 2 factor authentication it, they hardware 2 factor authentication tend to stick with it. Microsoft Teams hardware 2 factor authentication has far more power and hardware 2 factor authentication extensive features hardware 2 factor authentication but tends hardware 2 factor authentication to hardware 2 factor authentication be daunting for hardware 2 factor authentication new users hardware 2 factor authentication to learn. Somewhere in hardware 2 factor authentication the middle is hardware 2 factor authentication Flock, an unusual hardware 2 factor authentication hybrid that hardware 2 factor authentication looks exactly like a mix of Microsoft hardware 2 factor authentication Teams and Slack with hardware 2 factor authentication a dose of group text messaging thrown hardware 2 factor authentication in. It’s not our hardware 2 factor authentication favorite messaging app, hardware 2 factor authentication but it does have some hardware 2 factor authentication unique hardware 2 factor authentication and interesting features.

Plans and pricing

Fock is available for free but companies that need more storage can upgrade to either its Pro or Enterprise plans (Image credit: Flock)

Plans and pricing

Like most hardware 2 factor authentication team messaging apps, Flock is free unless hardware 2 factor authentication you want to add hardware 2 factor authentication extra file-sharing hardware 2 factor authentication and more advanced features hardware 2 factor authentication such as Active hardware 2 factor authentication Directory Sync or additional hardware 2 factor authentication admins. What you might consider to be basic hardware 2 factor authentication features hardware 2 factor authentication - such as holding a group video hardware 2 factor authentication chat with more than two hardware 2 factor authentication people - hardware 2 factor authentication requires hardware 2 factor authentication an upgrade. The Pro hardware 2 factor authentication plan costs $4.50 hardware 2 factor authentication per month per user. hardware 2 factor authentication The Enterprise plan costs $8 per month hardware 2 factor authentication per user and hardware 2 factor authentication adds screen-sharing and dedicated tech support.

In terms of hardware 2 factor authentication price, the hardware 2 factor authentication main difference has to do with storage. hardware 2 factor authentication Under the Free plan, everyone hardware 2 factor authentication shares 5GB hardware 2 factor authentication of data as hardware 2 factor authentication a team -- no hardware 2 factor authentication matter how hardware 2 factor authentication many people you add. With the hardware 2 factor authentication Pro plan, each hardware 2 factor authentication person has 10GB of hardware 2 factor authentication storage. With hardware 2 factor authentication the Enterprise plan, hardware 2 factor authentication everyone has 20GB of storage.

Interface

Flock's user interface should be familiar to anyone that has used a collaborative messaging app before (Image credit: Flock)

Interface and performance

There’s hardware 2 factor authentication something a bit odd hardware 2 factor authentication about Flock. hardware 2 factor authentication It hardware 2 factor authentication seems like a mix of Telegram, hardware 2 factor authentication Slack, hardware 2 factor authentication Microsoft Teams, and a few other hardware 2 factor authentication collaborative messaging apps. The hardware 2 factor authentication reason it’s hardware 2 factor authentication confusing at hardware 2 factor authentication first hardware 2 factor authentication is hardware 2 factor authentication because the app itself hardware 2 factor authentication doesn’t seem hardware 2 factor authentication to hardware 2 factor authentication know what hardware 2 factor authentication to call its own hardware 2 factor authentication features. hardware 2 factor authentication On hardware 2 factor authentication the far left hardware 2 factor authentication panel, you will see a column hardware 2 factor authentication for hardware 2 factor authentication teams, so that’s hardware 2 factor authentication where it feels a bit like Microsoft hardware 2 factor authentication Teams. 

In hardware 2 factor authentication the main interface hardware 2 factor authentication panel to the left, hardware 2 factor authentication you hardware 2 factor authentication can create channels hardware 2 factor authentication for discussion around different hardware 2 factor authentication projects, ideas, hardware 2 factor authentication or departments. When you create a channel, hardware 2 factor authentication it’s listed under the Open hardware 2 factor authentication Chats section hardware 2 factor authentication -- so that’s confusing as hardware 2 factor authentication well. hardware 2 factor authentication When hardware 2 factor authentication you chat hardware 2 factor authentication with just hardware 2 factor authentication one person, it’s listed under hardware 2 factor authentication Open Chats as hardware 2 factor authentication well, along with hardware 2 factor authentication all of hardware 2 factor authentication your channels. hardware 2 factor authentication (In Slack, there are two distinct hardware 2 factor authentication areas for channels at the top hardware 2 factor authentication and chats below that, either hardware 2 factor authentication one-on-one or in groups.)

Of hardware 2 factor authentication course, being hardware 2 factor authentication able to add more teams hardware 2 factor authentication doesn’t make Flock an hardware 2 factor authentication equivalent to Microsoft hardware 2 factor authentication Teams, hardware 2 factor authentication which is one of hardware 2 factor authentication the most extensive and powerful hardware 2 factor authentication team messaging hardware 2 factor authentication apps around (and also one hardware 2 factor authentication of the hardest hardware 2 factor authentication to learn). hardware 2 factor authentication The problem here is that a hardware 2 factor authentication “team” is hardware 2 factor authentication more like a company hardware 2 factor authentication -- when you hardware 2 factor authentication add a new one, you enter a new hardware 2 factor authentication company name hardware 2 factor authentication and assign a main admin. This also hardware 2 factor authentication creates an hardware 2 factor authentication entirely hardware 2 factor authentication separate hardware 2 factor authentication section hardware 2 factor authentication for all departmental hardware 2 factor authentication and project hardware 2 factor authentication chats. 

The summary hardware 2 factor authentication here is that Flock hardware 2 factor authentication doesn’t seem to hardware 2 factor authentication know what it hardware 2 factor authentication wants to be, and companies that use it hardware 2 factor authentication might be equally hardware 2 factor authentication confused. hardware 2 factor authentication Is it hardware 2 factor authentication a chat app like Telegram? Is it hardware 2 factor authentication enterprise-ready like Teams? Is hardware 2 factor authentication it hardware 2 factor authentication somewhere in between like Slack? hardware 2 factor authentication That’s hardware 2 factor authentication what makes it confusing. 

Features

Flock allows you to make video calls with one click (Image credit: Flock)

Features

If Slack is easy hardware 2 factor authentication to use and therefore hardware 2 factor authentication streamlines all hardware 2 factor authentication communication, and if Microsoft Teams hardware 2 factor authentication is powerful and hardware 2 factor authentication has enterprise-grade features, that leaves hardware 2 factor authentication Flock without a strong user hardware 2 factor authentication base. It’s hardware 2 factor authentication confusing in hardware 2 factor authentication the hardware 2 factor authentication initial presentation between channels and chats, but hardware 2 factor authentication it’s also lacking hardware 2 factor authentication in extra features. There hardware 2 factor authentication are certainly hardware 2 factor authentication the basics. hardware 2 factor authentication You’ll hardware 2 factor authentication find task lists, a reminder hardware 2 factor authentication system, a notes system, and hardware 2 factor authentication a hardware 2 factor authentication video hardware 2 factor authentication and audio chat system (that hardware 2 factor authentication does hardware 2 factor authentication open a new tab for hardware 2 factor authentication this communication).

With the hardware 2 factor authentication free plan, the video hardware 2 factor authentication and hardware 2 factor authentication audio conferencing is only between hardware 2 factor authentication two people and not in groups. Also, hardware 2 factor authentication it’s fairly easy to hardware 2 factor authentication run out of storage. If hardware 2 factor authentication this is an hardware 2 factor authentication enterprise-ready hardware 2 factor authentication app hardware 2 factor authentication and you add multiple departments hardware 2 factor authentication with dozens of employees in hardware 2 factor authentication each hardware 2 factor authentication one, the 5GB hardware 2 factor authentication of shared storage hardware 2 factor authentication will dissipate quickly hardware 2 factor authentication and hardware 2 factor authentication you’ll find you will hardware 2 factor authentication need to hardware 2 factor authentication upgrade.

That said, hardware 2 factor authentication if you do hardware 2 factor authentication upgrade hardware 2 factor authentication to the Pro or Enterprise plans, you hardware 2 factor authentication will find that the added hardware 2 factor authentication features hardware 2 factor authentication are not that impressive. You will hardware 2 factor authentication find screen-sharing and hardware 2 factor authentication group chats, added file hardware 2 factor authentication storage capacity, hardware 2 factor authentication and dedicated support (with the hardware 2 factor authentication enterprise plan), but nothing hardware 2 factor authentication that makes you sit hardware 2 factor authentication up hardware 2 factor authentication and take hardware 2 factor authentication notice. There’s no truly unique hardware 2 factor authentication feature that jumps off the screen.

The competition

Once hardware 2 factor authentication again, this makes Flock seem hardware 2 factor authentication a bit lost at sea hardware 2 factor authentication among a crowded hardware 2 factor authentication field. In some ways, hardware 2 factor authentication it would hardware 2 factor authentication have been better if the hardware 2 factor authentication app hardware 2 factor authentication had hardware 2 factor authentication focused hardware 2 factor authentication on simple messaging between groups similar hardware 2 factor authentication to Telegram, hardware 2 factor authentication lowered hardware 2 factor authentication the Pro plan hardware 2 factor authentication pricing, and stuck with hardware 2 factor authentication that mindset. Eventually, hardware 2 factor authentication you hardware 2 factor authentication discover that Flock provides hardware 2 factor authentication a way to add other companies (called teams) hardware 2 factor authentication beyond adding more hardware 2 factor authentication departments or hardware 2 factor authentication projects as hardware 2 factor authentication channels in the main company hardware 2 factor authentication communication portal.

Apps

Many popular apps come pre-installed with Flock but you can also add more from the Flock App Store (Image credit: Flock)
One example of hardware 2 factor authentication how this is hardware 2 factor authentication underwhelming is hardware 2 factor authentication in the integrations hardware 2 factor authentication with file-storage. It’s great that hardware 2 factor authentication Flock lets you hardware 2 factor authentication access Google Drive and your hardware 2 factor authentication Google Docs. However, as hardware 2 factor authentication a hardware 2 factor authentication true enterprise app, hardware 2 factor authentication Microsoft Teams doesn’t hardware 2 factor authentication just integrate hardware 2 factor authentication with Microsoft 365 hardware 2 factor authentication apps like hardware 2 factor authentication Word - you hardware 2 factor authentication can edit them right hardware 2 factor authentication within the collaborative environment. hardware 2 factor authentication In hardware 2 factor authentication Teams, you hardware 2 factor authentication can hold hardware 2 factor authentication a webinar with hardware 2 factor authentication 10,000 hardware 2 factor authentication people - in Flock, video chats hardware 2 factor authentication just open a new tab that hardware 2 factor authentication looks hardware 2 factor authentication like a simplified version hardware 2 factor authentication of Facetime.

Final verdict

In hardware 2 factor authentication the end, Flock doesn’t seem hardware 2 factor authentication like it hardware 2 factor authentication has found hardware 2 factor authentication a niche. It needs to hardware 2 factor authentication either become hardware 2 factor authentication even more streamlined hardware 2 factor authentication and hardware 2 factor authentication focus on simple text hardware 2 factor authentication chats hardware 2 factor authentication similar to Telegram, add hardware 2 factor authentication far more enterprise features hardware 2 factor authentication to take on Microsoft Teams, hardware 2 factor authentication or fix the interface so that it hardware 2 factor authentication is more obvious hardware 2 factor authentication how hardware 2 factor authentication to use hardware 2 factor authentication all of hardware 2 factor authentication the tools so hardware 2 factor authentication that Slack users will know what hardware 2 factor authentication to do. And, there’s an hardware 2 factor authentication issue with pricing. To hardware 2 factor authentication add any real hardware 2 factor authentication file-storage capacity for hardware 2 factor authentication your team, you’ll need to upgrade hardware 2 factor authentication to the Pro plan, which costs hardware 2 factor authentication $4.50 per month per user. This hardware 2 factor authentication provides 10GB hardware 2 factor authentication of hardware 2 factor authentication storage per hardware 2 factor authentication user, group chats, and screen-shares. 

However, at that price, hardware 2 factor authentication you could easily consider moving hardware 2 factor authentication over hardware 2 factor authentication to Slack, which costs $6.67 per user hardware 2 factor authentication per month. hardware 2 factor authentication Other hardware 2 factor authentication team messaging hardware 2 factor authentication apps like Zoho hardware 2 factor authentication Cliq costs only hardware 2 factor authentication about $1 per hardware 2 factor authentication user hardware 2 factor authentication per month and arguably hardware 2 factor authentication has the same or more advanced hardware 2 factor authentication features. hardware 2 factor authentication In the hardware 2 factor authentication end, Flock doesn’t hardware 2 factor authentication quite hardware 2 factor authentication match up with hardware 2 factor authentication the big names, the budget apps, or hardware 2 factor authentication anything in hardware 2 factor authentication between.