WeChat Mobile Chat App Review

Mobile Communication App Loaded With Features

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WeChat is a complete mobile communication tool made in China, but with world standards. The app started in China in 2011 and took some time to expand to the world. Now it has gone viral and has hundreds of millions of users around the world, and stands as serious competition to WhatsApp, Viber, and ChatON. It has more features than those and is free for good. It comes with instant messaging, voice calling, high-quality video calling and a lot of other features. The interface, however, is not that easy to grasp, but for any tech-savvy mobile user, getting acquainted is not a problem. WeChat is available for all popular mobile platforms, including for desktop computers.

Pros

  • Easy registration with a mobile phone number.
  • Full with features, including free high-quality voice and video calling.
  • Available for all common platforms.
  • Completely free.

Cons

  • Interface demands improvement.

Review

WeChat is one of those apps that get you registered without a username and password but through your mobile phone number. You sign in with your phone number or can log in with your Facebook account. You can, however, have a WeChat name that you can change any time you wish. It is the name that appears to your contacts.

It is available on all popular mobile platforms including Android, iOS, Windows, Symbian, and BlackBerry. The app and the service are free, as are all the features. Many free apps come with ads that pay for the free service, but this app has no app whatsoever.

You can have live chat sessions with many friends on WebChat, with the possibility of making voice calls. Voice calls in WeChat are different from voice calls in other VoIP apps, in that they are in half-duplex. It mimics the functioning of a walkie-talkie. You press a button when you talk; your voice is then recorded and sent over to your contact. You can talk to many contacts at the same time in a group chat.

Now if you want real-time multimedia chatting, you have the video chat, which also has voice integrated. The video is of high quality compared to that of other apps. But quality depends on many factors and the app can control only some of them, like the codecs. It also depends on your connection. WeChat uses your 3G data, of which you are to be mindful when using video chatting especially with the high quality since it has the tendency to eat up megabytes of your data plan. You can also use your Wi-Fi connection, which while being limited in coverage, is free.

Adding friends to your contact list has many intuitive and even funny ways. You can sync your phone contacts, share your IDs, scan QR codes to add buddies, and even shake your phones together. By just shaking your phone after selecting the Shake option, you will be linked with all WeChat users that happen to be shaking their phones at that particular time, whether they are next to you or on the other side of the globe. You can then choose on the list whether to add anyone.

Another social feature is called “Look Around”, which when enabled, allows you to be seen by others and to see others who also happens to be looking around. It is a bit like Skype Me and allows you to search for friends out there.

People can be quite lonely in this world, and so can choose to drop a drift bottle in the sea, hoping for someone to catch it and read the message inside. WeChat allows you to drop a message in a virtual bottle which other people can catch and read and re-drop. You can also choose to fish for bottles in the digital sea whenever you feel lonely of having some spare time.

The “Moments” feature allows you to share photos with your friends by pressing the camera button on the interface. This sends the current scene the camera sees to your contact. The different moments your send are listed in a timeline thread online, to which your friends can comment.

WebChat has a huge list of emoticons that can be used in text messages, and it seems many people have moved to WeChat for this reason.