WeChat. Review: Alternative to Whatsapp?Publicated: 14 Nov 2019
WeChat is a social network intended for multi-purpose messaging. It is developed in accordance with world standards in China. Since 2011 it has become very popular having hundreds of millions of users globally. You can compare it with Viber or WhatsApp, and you will discover that it has even more options being completely free. There is no ad in this app.
Design and Usability 9/10
The design is well-done but I would not say that the interface is user-friendly. You will spend some time to cope with its functionality, but in general, it is not a problem at all. Enjoy easy registration with a mobile phone number.
Key Functions 10/10
The app comes with voice and video calling, immediate messaging, and tons of other features. Being of high quality, the app provides you with a smooth and diverse experience. You are invited to look through the content that your friends are interested in and find out a lot of things worthy of your attention.
Your calls will not disappoint you with low quality. Here everything is of its best! You can create group chats consisting of up to 500 members, and make group video calls where up to 9 people can participate. Express yourself using stickers from the library. There are animated ones, popular cartoon and movie characters. There is the Selfie Stickers feature providing you with a tool creating the unique custom stickers.
Also, you are suggested to record brief videos for any purpose and share them posting in your Time Capsule being sure that they will disappear in 24 hours. If you want to show your location, share it pressing the single button.
- completely ads-free
- basic and advanced features all in one pack
- outstanding selection of mini-games.
- international calls are hard to get through
- the multitude of security issues.
You will benefit from mini-programs delivering useful services within this app. It is convenient to have everything you need in one place. Moreover, you can play games with your friends here. Look through the selection of WeChat Mini Games and Tencent Games. The app also delivers additional features that are available in particular regions.
I suppose this app is rather secure allowing you to sign in with your phone number or Facebook account. But it is operated from China and regulated by the Chinese laws meaning that the authorities are allowed to access the private content of a user, including text messages and contacts. In this regard, the security can be in question, but as to the unauthorized access of third-parties and malware, the app is well-protected. If you do not share your account data with untrusted people, you can count on private messaging.
You are allowed to use this app on any mobile device, including a desktop with all common operating systems.
Download WeChat and enjoy its functionality. It supports 20 languages and suggests you translate the textual messages and posts if there is a need. Its safety is proved by certification of TRUSTe.