Nowadays, most of the smartphone owners are using mobile messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook etc. Today, we’re going to talk about WhatsApp and Viber, two popular mobile messaging applications.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: Operating Systems
WhatsApp is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10, Symbian S40, Symbian S60 and Windows Phone. The developers of WhatsApp didn’t release a full client for Windows for PC, but instead they’ve released WhatsApp Web, which allows you to connect to your WhatsApp account via the browser. However, in order to use this feature, you will need to leave the WhatsApp application open on your smartphone device and the mobile device needs to stay connected to the internet.
Viber is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Nokia and Windows for PC. By releasing a full client for Windows for PC, we can agree that Viber “wins” this category.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: User Interface
WhatsApp comes with an interface very simply and easy to use. The developers of WhatsApp are continuously working on this application starting from 2014, after it got bought by Facebook back in 2014, we’ve noticed some major changes that the developers have made to the user interface of this application.
On Viber, you will have two basic menus and the instant messaging is very easy to use. However, the Voice and Video calling are messing up the whole experience and we would like the developers to make things simpler. At the same time, Viber is quite limited in option for Symbian and Nokia S40 devices.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: Costs
When you install WhatsApp for the first time, you will not have to pay for the application for an entire year. However, after the “trial” period ends, you will need to pay 0.99 dollars per year.
Viber is free for all the platforms and it makes the user experience comfortable. However, in order to use some stickers, you will need to pay a small amount of money. That’s the only thing you will be limited to, if you’re not planning to pay for Viber. In addition, if you want to make landline calls on Viber, you will need to use the Viber Out feature and pay for it. However, you will end up paying less than you would pay by calling from your mobile phone.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: Bandwidth
When it comes to texting, WhatsApp and Viber don’t take too much bandwidth. However, once you start using the Voice Call on WhatsApp, you will notice that it is using a lot of data, but the Voice Calling feature on Viber doesn’t use as much data as WhatsApp. In addition, only Viber supports Voice Calls, but this feature will eat your mobile data very fast.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: Features
On both WhatsApp and Viber you will be able to send videos, images, voice notes and even share your GPS location. You can also set a profile photo and edit your status. In addition, you don’t have to log into your WhatsApp account everytime you open the application, as it will stay logged in. You will receive offline messages and be able to send broadcast messages, use many emotions and even set a wallpaper.
WhatsApp vs. Viber: Conclusion
For a PC fan, you will most likely enjoy using Viber, mostly because this application has a full client for the Windows PC. However, WhatsApp is used by more people, meaning that there are high chances that a good amount of your friends are using this application.
Viber has the Video Calling feature, a feature that’s not available on WhatsApp application. However, there are rumors which say that this application will soon receive this feature. Both of these applications are great and you will most likely want to install them, in order to chat with your friends.
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