Unless you are using a Nokia 3310, or other phones of similar… mmmm… advanced features, then highly likely you will have WhatsApp installed. It is like the default chat app for every smartphone in the world. Everybody has WhatsApp. Everybody is chatting on WhatsApp. You meet someone and instead of “Can I have your number?”, you get this instead: “Do you have WhatsApp?”

You don’t know what WhatsApp is???? Gasp! OMG!!! My 65-year-old father uses WhatsApp and you don’t know what WhatsApp is? Machaa, seriously, you don’t deserve to use a smartphone.

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Hehehehehe… but yeah, it wouldn’t be far from the truth if I say that WhatsApp is the most widely used chat app in the world.

Excuse me, sir.. it’s the green circular thingy with a spike coming out at the bottom left, bordered with white, and with a white phone right in the middle. Right there ==>>

But here’s the thing… there are other apps out there which are as good as or even better than WhatsApp. Examples: Viber, Telegram, BlackBerry Messenger, Line, WeChat, Kakao Talk… the list goes on and on and on…

If you’ve been using WhatsApp for a while, I’m sure  you know its common features already. Although I can guarantee you that a lot of people don’t know that they can hide their Online status. It’s useful if you want to hide from someone. That is, you don’t want that person to know you are actually using WhatsApp at that moment.

How to do that? Ask Mr. Google. Hehehehe…

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In my Sony Xperia Z (yeah, I’m still using my first generation Z), I have WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, Facebook Messenger and Telegram installed. Except for Line and Telegram, I use all of them regularly.

Personally, however, I prefer WeChat.

Here are the reasons why.

1.  Phone number not required.
You don’t need to share your phone number to use WeChat, unlike WhatsApp. I find this particularly useful when I want to chat with someone I just met online. Ehem! Of course, you can still use phone numbers to add people to your WeChat friends list.

2.  Animated emoticons.
You can download a lot of animated emoticons, even animated gifs which you can use while chatting. It’s a lot more interesting and fun than the flat emoticons WhatsApp has.

3.  Free voice and video calls.
When you’re connected to wifi, you can do free voice or video calls. WhatsApp can only do voice calls, not video calls.

4.  Moments ala Facebook.
It has Moments, which is like a simplified version of Facebook. You can update status, upload photos, get your friends to like them and comment on them. The one thing I like about WeChat’s Moments is that only mutual friends can see your comments. Oh, not to forget, you can set your Moments to be public or restricted. Even to your friends.

5.  Privacy.
You can block people from messaging you. And from calling you. And from viewing your Moments.

6.  Browse people around you.
WeChat has People Nearby… useful for you to see who’s currently online around you and chat with them. Obviously, if you are not online, you can’t see other people and they can’t see you.

7.  Shake it shake it shake it!
WeChat has Shake. You shake your phone and you get to see a list of people who shake their phones at the same time. Then you can chat with any one of them.

8.  Games!
You can play games in WeChat. Great way to spend your time while waiting for someone to message you. Pretty great games too!

I’m sure there are other features of WeChat which I haven’t discovered yet but out of those points, the number 1 reason why I prefer WeChat to WhatsApp is that I don’t have to share my phone number to communicate with anyone.

Now that you have read my 8 reasons for preferring WeChat, are you still going to solely stick with WhatsApp? Maybe you should do like I do. Use both! And FB messenger, Line, Telegram… Hehehehehe…