Skype
Skype
Top 19%1,593 points
Top 19%
Key features and highlights

Skype review: 44 facts and highlights

1. It uses “two-way opt-in”

This means that you have to add or accept contacts before being able to message. It prevents strangers sending you unwanted messages.
Skype
30% have it

2. You do not need a SIM card to log in

The app is not connected to your phone number, so you can use it on devices such as tablets without needing a SIM card.
Skype
66% have it

3. Available on PC

These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.
Skype
64% have it

4. Shows that someone is typing

You can see when someone is typing a reply, which can prevent confusion.
Skype
38% have it

5. You can send documents

You can send documents using the app.
Skype
30% have it

6. Syncs to the cloud

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.
Skype
88% have it

7. Shows when a user was last active

You can see activity history, eg. “User last active yesterday at 9:30.”
Skype
12% have it

8. Has search option

If you need to find something specific, you can search your data for certain keywords.
Skype
32% have it

9. smaller app size (iOS app)

A smaller size means that the app will take up less space on your Apple device. This leaves more space for other apps, as well as other data such as photos and music.
30.5MB
You & Me: 0.2MB

10. Higher rating on Google Play

The app has a higher rating on Google Play, showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.
4
InstaMessage: 4.5

11. Has two-way video chat

You can have a one-on-one conversation with video.
Skype
34% have it

12. Free application

You can download the app for free, from platforms such as Google Play or the App Store.
Skype
96% have it

13. Has “message seen” notification

You can see when someone has opened your message, so you know whether or not it has been read yet.
Skype
56% have it

14. You can stay invisible

You don’t have to logout in order to appear offline.
Skype
34% have it

15. Send audio voice clips

You can send a pre-recorded voice message.
Skype
74% have it

16. You can send music files

You can share music files with your friends.
Skype
30% have it

17. You can send a contact stamp

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.
Skype
30% have it

18. You can specify your availability

You can show that you are eg. busy or away. This is ideal if you are working but want to stay available for important messages.
Skype
14% have it

19. smaller application size (Android app)

The application requires less storage space on your device. A smaller size means there is more space on your device for other applications, as well as other data such as photos and music.
16.4MB
TigerText Pro: 3MB

20. Tablet-optimised

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.
Skype
82% have it

21. more languages supported

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.
38
Google Allo: 72

22. Ad-free

Adverts can be distracting and obtrusive. Apps and blogs without ads are more aesthetically pleasing, nicer to use, and make the content stand out.
Skype
84% have it

23. Has existing contacts integration

This means you can easily access and communicate with contacts from your existing phonebook.
Skype
78% have it

24. more estimated monthly users

With more users it is likely that more people you know will use the app too.
300m
Snapchat: 4500m

25. Higher rating on the App Store

The app has a higher rating on Apple’s App Store (rating from all versions), showing the overall quality of the app and user satisfaction. The lowest score is 1, with 5 being the highest.
3.5
Threema: 5

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