About a month ago, I almost finally said goodbye to the WhatsApp application and switched to Telegram, where I transferred all my friends and, if possible, acquaintances for communication. It would seem, why change one good application for another? With the constant active use of the text messaging client, even the smallest details play a role, which sometimes you do not pay attention to even after a couple of months. And then the moment came when the number of such small details and features made in WhatsApp, illogical and inconvenient, exceeded a critical maximum for me. In this post I will tell you why I switched from WhatsApp to Telegram.
First. Like WhatsApp, Telegram binds to your phone number, but, unlike WhatsApp, Telegram does not force you to go through the verification procedure for any device change. For those who use one smartphone for six months or longer, this moment does not matter, but for me personally it is very important. There are situations when I change the device, at the same time I set up and verify the 'wazap' on a new one, but a couple of important messages still reach the old one, and I can no longer read them, because the program does not allow me to open a chat or do something else, performing the verification procedure again. There is no such problem with telegrams. Even if I took out the SIM card from the smartphone, the application will continue to work on it and receive messages normally, just like on the new one where I installed the SIM card.
Second. If you are using a messaging app to send pictures to friends, 'wazap' is not the best option. Of course, it is not the worst, as long as there is Facebook Messenger crashing with a critical error when trying to send a person five or more pictures in a block and slowing down as if you launched it on Nokia 105. But WhatsApp is far from all done conveniently. For example, I often need to send photos to friends in a group chat not from the memory of my smartphone, but from other sources: Google Drive, Dropbox. In WhatsApp, I can choose to send pictures from Google Drive and that's it, nothing more than the internal gallery. In Telegram, you can add any photos from the gallery, Google Drive, Dropbox, or simply located somewhere on a memory card or in the internal memory of a smartphone for sending. Again, to send a series of photos to Telegram, you simply click through them one by one, selecting the ones you need with a checkmark; in WhatsApp, for this, you need to first hold your finger on one of the pictures to enter the multiple-picture selection mode. A trifle, but also plays a role.
Third. Stickers. In terms of the set of emoticons, Telegram is the golden mean between all clients. It doesn't have a huge number of downloadable stickers, like in Viber or Facebook Messenger, which turn conversations with some people into torment, when a person sends you picture after picture and you have to guess what kind of emoticons they are. At the same time, there are branded stickers here, each of which represents one of the emotions expressed by a famous person in the past. These stickers are subtle but very cool and fit perfectly into the app's design. It seems to me that such a thing is lacking in 'wazap' – some of its own, branded emoticons, just one block, and not dozens of downloadable variations.
Fourth. And the most important thing is the web version. In the case of WhatsApp, each time you change your smartphone, you need to re-bind it to the web version, which, moreover, only works if your smartphone is also constantly connected to the network (!). This is generally absurd, in my opinion. There is nothing like that in Telegram – you set up the web version once and then calmly use it and receive messages there, regardless of which smartphone you have a SIM card tied to your Telegram account, and whether it is turned on at all.
A month ago, I looked askance at Telegram and did not understand at all why switch to it, if there is a convenient WhatsApp in everything. But once having installed the program and started using it to communicate with a couple of people, I found this messaging client for myself more convenient in the details and details described. So now almost all my communication with my friends and acquaintances takes place in Telegram.