52points

iMessage

72points

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iMessage vs WhatsApp

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Why is iMessage better than WhatsApp?

  • You do not need a SIM card to log in
  • You can switch off notifications
  • Receive messages when offline
  • Has a media gallery
  • Has the option to delete message history
  • Drafts are automatically saved
  • Has SMS inbox integration

Why is WhatsApp better than iMessage?

  • It uses “two-way opt-in”
  • You can send documents
  • Shows when a user was last active
  • Has two-way video chat
  • Send audio voice clips
  • You can send music files
  • Has two-way voice chat
  • Is compatible with Android

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General info

1.Free application
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You can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.

2.Available on PC
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These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.

3.Ad-free
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Adverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.

4.Is compatible with Android
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It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.

5.Tablet-optimised
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There is a tablet-optimised version of the app available. This gives a much better user experience than using an app designed for a phone on a tablet.

6. more languages supported

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You can use a wider range of languages in the application. This allows you to use it in the language you choose and makes it suitable for more users around the world.

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Contacts

1.It uses “two-way opt-in”
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This means that you have to add or accept contacts before being able to message. It prevents strangers sending you unwanted messages.

2.You can send a contact stamp
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You can quickly and conveniently forward a person’s contact details on. This is a lot easier than finding their number and typing it into a message.

3.Has existing contacts integration
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This means you can easily access and communicate with contacts from your existing phonebook.

4.Contact any app user
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You can browse and contact any of your fellow app users.

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Messaging features

1.Shows that someone is typing
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You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.

2.Has “message seen” notification
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You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.

3.You can send your location
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Send a stamp to someone showing your current location. This saves a lot of messing around with directions.

4.Send audio voice clips
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You can send a pre-recorded voice message.

5.You can switch off notifications
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You can set specific notifications to snooze mode if you don’t want to be disturbed during a specific time frame.

6.Shows when a user was last active
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You can see activity history, eg. “User last active yesterday at 9:30.”

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Content sharing

1.You can send documents
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You can send documents using the app.

2.Syncs to the cloud
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Your data is synced to the cloud, making it easier to access across different devices and making sure it is always backed up in case you lose your device.

3.Has search option
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If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.

4.You can send videos
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You can send videos with the app.

5.Has image preview
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You can see a small thumbnail of an image before opening it.

6.Has a media gallery
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A media library contains all uploaded files, making search easier and helping you organize the content.

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Security

1.You do not need a SIM card to log in
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The app is not connected to your phone number, so you can use it on devices such as tablets without needing a SIM card.

2.Has end-to-end-encryption
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End-to-end encryption protects data between two communicating parties and ensures that only the intended receiver can access the unencrypted information.

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