4.2 out of 5 with 16 ratings

Element Reviews

Excellent for a beta. Looking forward to the full blown experience.

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This excellent project is in beta but it has already the following features:

  • end-to-end encryption
  • markdown support
  • private/public chatrooms
  • room members by link and/or invitation
  • themes
  • various notification levels
  • file sharing
  • voice & video conferening (I haven't tested this personally)

It's exciting to see what this will be in a year from now.
There are still a few niggles to sort out:

  • not all files upload correctly (size limit for the beta?)
  • pasted text appears twice when you enter it in a chat room (but correctly once you hit enter)
  • not all webpages are previewed correctly
  • searching chat room text is slow (unencrypted rooms)
  • searching chat room text doesn't work (encrypted rooms)*

*Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't have to be like that. Turtl and other show text in encrypted clients can be searchable. Have an index file, decrypt it locally and search it locally. Don't understand why it's not done more often.


Also, I'm quietly hoping that ghastly green colour won't be the default and put people off. (Don't worry - you can pick different colours for different rooms.)

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Does it have Team Viewer-like remote control, Teams-like file history and ability to lock contact lists, i.e. contacts controlled by admin only? Looking for something for a little business.

#coth
-no, it has no remote control (yet), but Wire has (or only viewer, i am not sure) try it


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Riot recently came out of beta: https://medium.com/@RiotChat/the-big-1-0-68fa7c6050be alt. http://archive.fo/iuZfj Now that we're at a full-fledged release, I can say that New Vector's done a wonderful job. The interface was admittedly quite messy during the beta. The settings were extensive, but were a pain to navigate through and understand. After the update, however, the interface is much more focused and cleaner. Also, it loads a little faster.

As usual, Riot keeps all its previous features, like end to end encryption and voice and video chatting (although I must admit that I haven't used them, because no friends...this is really a recurring theme in my reviews, geez).

As of this writing, I have yet to find the Linux 1.0 version, but I did find it currently on Windows. EDIT: It just entered the software repository for Ubuntu, about an hour after this review. Other distros will probably get it soon.

Anyways, if you're looking for an open source alternative to things like Discord or Slack, give Riot a shot!

[Edited by TerrifiedTyphlosion, February 17]

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The desktop app and the web based interface is a bit confusing and it could do with some improvement, but the mobile app works nicely. Overall a decent, though partial, alternative to WhatsApp and Slack, now that it's out of beta.

Looking forward to a new version.

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Actually i think it is very complicated for skype-like users.

  • E2E encryption requires action from both sides it is not enabled by default (not private at all)
  • File transfer and Video Calls should be P2P and not limited by the server

I hope they change something on it to be more efficient.

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Are you ignoring the null key of RC4 cipher used by Skype for years?

Microsoft monitoring doesn't bother you?

I don' use Skype or M$.
I was talking about their users.

Since (15.07.2020) Riot updated to Element, verification participant and UI are much better now. Its worth a second look!

@relaud

Yeah i've seen that, nicely done. I hope they do something about the database 'cleanup' too.


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If you need privacy there is no other app on the market right now.
I've tried a bunch and every single one get cracked after some times. But not this one.

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Open source, evolves quickly, browser-based, multiplatform.

I remove one star, as the UX could be better. But it is one of the best and more featured matrix clients out there :)

[Edited by MayeulC, November 14]

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I want to like it, but it's UI is utter garbage. Nothing is intuitive, every click exposes more mess. It isn't even in the same league as Discord (or many other rivals for that matter). Without a better implementation than this online communities will never find a home on matrix, at least not in any significant way.

I'm really sick of this dichotomy of closed source invasive apps with slick UI design and privacy aware open source applications that have no idea how to implement a usable UI.

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  1. were you using it on the browser, the desktop client or the mobile client?
  2. have you reported your issues to the devs? You can e-mail them, reach them on Riot itself, or open an issue on Github. Please consider doing that.
  3. Your privacy should always come first!
  4. I use and recommend Riot, and haven't experienced only a few issues regarding its UI. Although, if you tell me which specific problems you experienced, perhaps we can chat about them and see if other users feel the same way. (:

Since 15.07.2020 Riot changed their name to Element, the whole UI got polished especially the Android App. Its worth a second look!

"..dichotomy of closed source invasive apps with slick UI design.."

Thank you! Was not aware that Tox was invasive, hiding behind "slick US design.."
Or am I misreading, and you're pointing out the chasm between privacy-aware apps and usability?
Or, as my social welfare automated phone prompt asks, "Something else?"

  • UI, sorry, not US

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Even more privacy oriented than Signal, without much complication.

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I am using this messenger since its name was Riot, due to it is decentral, so you can register on any Riot/Matrix server or even host your own server. Now it is Element, since this big update, the whole UI got much better, especially their Android App. Also the verification process is easier now.

I did not like the old UI of Riot but its benefits convinced me, so I was using it. Now with Element its benefits and nice UI are combined. For me it is the best messenger, it is worth to take a look!

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Best matrix client moves forward fast so some negative reviews here shouldn't be considered.

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E2e encryption, OLM, is nowhere near as mature as OMEMO is for xmpp.

Android clients on FDroid are reasonably well maintained.

IPhone client has some sync issues.

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still in beta (0.7.01) but seem really powerfull. no need of phone number or email. seem really respect privacy.

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Great Software. The UI could be better, and it could be more feature-rich … but it is a great project

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It's a very complete chat and calls app that improves constantly.

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