TechRadar's take: Messages is now ridiculous and fully competes with Facebook and its apps. That's good and bad. There's a lot to learn here, and it's only going to be more enjoyable over time if you're not scared off. iMessages is the best combined SMS and internet messages app out there, with Mac and iPad support for easy, cross-platform messaging. You'll have to update your Mac to Sierra to get many of the effects, but it's well worth it.