WhatsApp review

WhatsApp Messenger is an instant messaging social media platform and Voice over IP (VoIP) service owned by Facebook Inc. This California based company is home to many of the world’s top social networking services, i.e., Facebook, Instagram, etc. WhatsApp messenger was developed and released in January 2009 by WhatsApp Inc. before Facebook acquired it. Presently, WhatsApp Inc. which was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton runs as a subsidiary firm under Facebook.

Summary

Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

👍🏻 The good
  • Free
  • Encryption
  • Backups
  • Simple interface
👎🏻 The bad
  • Storage
  • Dependence on mobile app
  • WhatsApp Rating: 10 out of 10

WhatsApp is used to text messages, make voice calls, video calls, send documents and other media files from one user to another. Initially released for mobile devices, its client application is accessible on computers. It is a free service that functions with internet connectivity. WhatsApp is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone (8 & 10), and Symbian phones.

WhatsApp uses a freeware license. Alexa statistics show that its website ranked as the 54th most popular site in the world and 16th in India. Statista reveals that WhatsApp comes third behind Facebook and YouTube on the list of the world’s most popular social networks having over 1.5 billion active users.

About WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp is a free social media platform designed to connect users using their cell phone numbers. This platform needs no email registration, all that is required is for the user to have a valid mobile number which then serves as the username. These mobile numbers are identified using the Country’s Zip code. Therefore no two mobile numbers have the same profile. WhatsApp also allows users to create rooms and add participants for group discussions. It also allows users to send broadcast messages to multiple users simultaneously. WhatsApp has a voice and video calling feature to make communication easier between third parties.

WhatsApp is available on iOS, Symbian, Android, and Windows Phone platforms. It also works on PC. However, the PC client application identified as WhatsApp Web only works when the mobile app client is active. Although WhatsApp is not currently accepted worldwide, it has acceptance in Brazil, India, some parts of Europe, Africa amongst others. Statistically, WhatsApp is available in over 180 countries worldwide.

WhatsApp has two available versions for its users. The first version, i.e., WhatsApp is used for private chats and voice messaging service. However, in January 2018, WhatsApp Business launched. This version is designed for small companies and businesses to communicate with their customers. WhatsApp Business is presently available for Android users with the Beta version also released for iOS.

Features

Since its release, WhatsApp has received mass adoption because of its exciting features. These features include:

Instant Messaging

WhatsApp provides a free, instant messaging platform for its users. With a phone’s internet connection, people can connect to their friends and family for free. Unlike service providers that charge users for using the short messaging service (SMS), WhatsApp is free. Users can keep unlimited conversations with unlimited characters. Broadcast messages can also be sent to multiple users by using the Broadcast messaging option.

Group Conversations

Asides individual chats, WhatsApp allows users to have group discussions, set up meetings and conferences on the platform. WhatsApp allows up to 256 users to be added to a group by the admin. Although there is a limit to the number of contacts the admin can add on a profile, people can manually join the group through the invite link which can be seen in the group info section by admins only. Group members can name/rename group, edit display picture, customize notifications, etc.

Audio/Video Calling

WhatsApp provides a Voice Over IP (VoIP) feature which allows its users to make both audio and video call for free (service provider data charges apply). This feature enables users to talk to friends and family, have face-to-face conversations, etc. even if they are in another country. It is cheap compared to expensive calling charges by service providers.

File Sharing

WhatsApp allows its users to share contacts, documents, pictures, audios, and videos. Users can now share documents with each without sending emails. You can capture moments, snap a photo, record videos and send it to others. WhatsApp allows users to share documents up to 100 MB.

Status Updates

This is an updated feature on WhatsApp which allows users to communicate daily moments with others on his/her contact list. This feature is likened to stories on Facebook and Instagram. It lasts for 24 hours. You can write texts, upload videos, pictures, and gifs using this feature.

WhatsApp Web

WhatsApp allows its users to use the application on a desktop. Users can download the desktop client application or access WhatsApp via a browser. Users can now sync all of their chats from their mobile devices and chat using the computer. However, the PC client application can only work if the mobile app is active and running.

End-To-End Encryption

WhatsApp has included a security measure in ensuring user security on the platform. Therefore, all messages, calls, and data shared on the platform are secured and kept between the parties in the conversation.

Payments

WhatsApp currently allows users to transfer money through a P2P feature available on the platform. This feature is however only available in India.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • It is Free: WhatsApp is free to use. You can send messages, pictures, documents and other media files from your phone/PC to another user. No email is required. Thus, just with an internet connection and the availability of a mobile phone, anyone can use WhatsApp.
  • It is secured: The end-to-end encryption feature secures every user information on the platform. It ensures there is no leak of data to any third party. Users can also delete messages even after the other user has read them.
  • Audio and Video Calling: This feature helps users to save calling cost incurred by service providers. Therefore, with WhatsApp, users can start an audio or face-to-face conversations with their loved ones.
  • Chats Backup: There is a backup feature on the application which allows users to back up their conversations on their email box and retrieve it at any time.

Cons           

  • Storage Space: WhatsApp has a large file size for downloads. It also requires a large amount of space for proper functionality.
  • WhatsApp web cannot function at all unless the mobile client application is opened and connected to the PC.

Different Versions

WhatsApp has just three versions which are namely WhatsApp, WhatsApp Business and WhatsApp Web. WhatsApp is the general application for chats and communication amongst individuals and groups of people while WhatsApp Business is a business app for business owners to connect with their customers and WhatsApp Web is its PC client application.

Compatibility

WhatsApp is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows Phone platforms. Before now, WhatsApp was compatible with Symbian and Blackberry phones; however, the Symbian version was dropped at the end of 2017 and Blackberry in 2018.

FAQs

Q: Is it safe to use WhatsApp?

A: Yes, it is safe to use WhatsApp. WhatsApp ensures user privacy on its platform. Therefore, every chat, audio files, and documents are secured.

Q: What are the new features in WhatsApp?

A: The newest feature is the end-to-end encryption security feature. This feature is automatically activated on installation and cannot be switched off.

Q: Can you ScreenShare on WhatsApp?

A: It is possible to screen share on Android phones using third-party apps like Inkwire. However, WhatsApp users cannot ScreenShare but can do so with the aid of third-party apps.

Q: Is WhatsApp app free?

A: Yes, WhatsApp is free. It can be downloaded on the app store for different devices, i.e., Google Play Store, etc.

Q: Can I use WhatsApp without Wi-Fi?

A: Yes, you can use WhatsApp without Wi-Fi. All that is needed for WhatsApp to function effectively is an internet connection.

Q: What is the benefit of WhatsApp?

A: WhatsApp is a Communication channel that helps connect friends and family, keep conversations, etc.

Q: What can WhatsApp do?

A: WhatsApp provides an instant messaging service for its users. Users can share files, i.e., documents, contacts, etc. and also make audio, video calls.

Q: How does WhatsApp work?

A: Download the app from the respective app store, set up your profile with your phone number. Next, input your name and add a display picture. Lastly, check your contacts on WhatsApp and start a Conversation.

Summary                                                         

WhatsApp is an instant messaging platform which allows people to connect with friends and family automatically using their mobile number as a means of identification. Users can make audio and video calls, send pictures, videos, recordings, contacts, and share documents on the platform. WhatsApp is available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone users. It can be downloaded from their respective app stores through its website.

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