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Whatsapp vs Telegram what should you choose.

There’s no competition for WhatsApp when it comes to the world of internet messaging. You wanna wish someone for a birthday, just send a message. You wanna propose your girlfriend over text (totes, a bad idea), just send her a message and strenuously wait for those blue ticks. No matter what, WhatsApp saves the day till hell freezes over.

Although, there are also other fishes in the sea when it comes to messaging. And their popularity and availability widely depend on a lot of things. Things, which include the way those apps handle your messages and the extra features they provide.

Enter Telegram, an app that does the same things like WhatsApp- only better. Still, you might wanna check out why one of them is much preferred than the other.

Messaging

Why not start the allegory centralizing the crux of the subject. Both WhatsApp and Telegram provide a good messaging experience. However, WhatsApp is kind of ahead in this countenance- all thanks to its read receipts.

Read Receipt’s indication

On Telegram, you won’t be able to tell if a message has been delivered as it’s kinda confusing. A single tick constitutes the message to be sent and a double tick indicates a read message. There’s absolutely zero way to know if a message has been delivered or not. It’s as if the ‘message being delivered’ and the ‘message being read’ indications are fused into a single ‘double tick’.

WhatsApp’s Read Receipts

Telegram’s Read Receipts

This is completely different and copiously organized on the WhatsApp side of things. You get a single tick for a ‘sent’ message, a double tick for a ‘delivered message’, and a blue colored double tick for a ‘read/opened’ message.

This circumspection does not prevail in Telegram’s group chats, though. In fact, Telegram is better at evidencing read receipts in a group chat while it’s the opposite with WhatsApp.

Though, you can always opt out of read receipts on both of them.

Message read by the recipient

WhatsApp has a neat feature for its group chats. You can easily get to know the people who have got your message and also if they have read it. This is helpful in a plethora of situations which I don’t intend to enlist as of now.

Sadly, Telegram lacks this one. And it gets extremely annoying after you’ve used WhatsApp. I mentioned a teammate in a Telegram group of The 8-Bit but wasn’t able to check if the message was read by the person concerned. Well, this is the peculiar stuff that makes a huge difference.

Chat Interface and Features

The chat interface on both the systems is fairly similar. Though, WhatsApp has an upper hand over Telegram here. I get it, Telegram offers more features, but WhatsApps takes the trophy home for this one with its easy interface.

It sports a minimal interface which includes a text bar, a ‘plus’ icon used to send media, a shortcut to the camera, and a microphone button. On the other hand, Telegram has a jam-packed chat bar. You can send media using a button on the left similar to WhatsApp, and record audio using the switchable audio button on the right.

Telegram’s Chat interface

Whatsapp’s Chat interface

Well, switchable is the word here. Telegram has a befitting feature, if not useful, using which you can send voice messages along with a video. Just with a tap on the microphone icon, you can switch to video mode and record a video by holding the camera-shaped button which, then appears as a circular video in the chat stream.

There’s also a button embedded in the text bar specially assigned for stickers, which is a huge benefit that comes along with Telegram and which will be talked about more further in the post.

‘Switchable’ is the word here

Though, as I’ve voiced before, WhatsApp is cemented on serenity. You can easily fire up the camera using the camera shortcut and quickly snap up a couple of images. Although, this isn’t the case with Telegram as you have to go through a two-tap process to just enable the camera. But, Telegram never fails to whelm users with its features. This time, it provides an easy way to send images by showing a little thumbnail slider from which you can select images and send them then and there itself- no need to open a separate window to select and send them.

Camera

It’s true that WhatsApp offers some basic editing tools in its camera interface, but Telegram has an ancillary feature where, while sending a photo, you can time the image for self-destruction just like Snapchat or Instagram’s chat features.

Telegram’s camera interface

WhatsApp’s camera interface

It also exhibits a full-fledged photo editor. Unbelievably, there’s a curve shader tool included as well. As compared to that, WhatsApp has absolutely nothing except for some filters and a cropping tool.

Another crunch with WhatsApp is its inadequacy to losslessly compress images while sending them. Telegram also compresses images but they don’t end up pixelated when they reach the person at the other end. Though, everything has a dark side to it. And Telegram’s dark side in this situation is that the images take forever to load. I don’t know if its just me or it’s a renowned problem, but tolerating it is intolerable.

Forget about videos for now, cause there’s a long road to travel before videos become lucidly accessible. Downloading a video on Telegram takes ages, probably eons for me.

Emojis and Stickers

Chatting only through text has long been outdated. And it’s just been a few years since chat became the new sensation. It’s the age of emojis now and the whole world’s internet communication revolves around it. I cannot imagine chatting with my friends without emojis. Sometimes, I’m even afraid to send a sarcastic joke to my friends without an emoji thinking that it would send a comprehensively different message.

Taking that into consideration, those chat apps do a very good job in maintaining their status quotient when it comes to emojis.

Telegram’s diversified, and improvised emojis-cum-stickers

WhatsApp’s simplistic, glossified emojis

However, Telegram takes all of this a notch higher. And it does so by introducing stickers. For those who haven’t used Telegram before, stickers are modified, more furnished versions of emojis that broadcast messages in an effective way.

Telegram’s emoji equivalency

The fun doesn’t end here. Telegram automatically converts normal emojis entered into the text bar into better, improved stickers. And the options are not limited to one per emoji, you get at least 3 equivalent stickers. Well, this emoji to sticker ratio varies in some cases but most of the times, you’ll apprehend what you want.

On the other hand, WhatsApp plays the simple game yet again. It offers simple emojis that are furnished by the OS’s own dictionary- more like a Pictionary.

Video calls and Voice calls

What’s better than talking to a person through text, especially when you are a thousand miles away? Calling. And even better: Video calling. Although, in order to do that earlier, you would need Skype or Viber or IMO. But, since WhatsApp embedded voice and video calling features into itself, no one I know uses Skype anymore.

Where I live, people have ingenuously forgotten about normal calls. No one who has a pre-paid plan tops up for calls, instead, everyone is now interested in filling their sim cards with data recharges. Besides, Telegram also offers free of charge calling over data. But, the question is- Which messaging platform handles calls better?

Bear with me, you’ll eventually figure out the answer by yourself. WhatsApp offers a sleek calling interface along with a dedicated panel for tracking call logs while Telegram lacks all of that.

Additionally, you can easily access the call button in a chat as calling buttons are placed flamboyantly at the top right corner of a person’s chat interface in WhatsApp. On Telegram, you have to tap into a person’s profile and then initiate a call.

The biggest incongruity as far as Telegram is concerned is that it does not feature video calls, while WhatsApp does- and surprisingly they are crisp and clear. Also, it would have been nicer if WhatsApp would allow conference calls. Looks like Facebook has a lot of stuff to note down already when it comes to WhatsApp.

Privacy and Encryption

It seems we are at the most important part of this conversation. Without the proper inclusion of privacy, no chat app could be even considered for usage. Imagine your chats being easily ‘brute-forced’ and shared with everyone in the social market. I get it, it could be much more than a nightmare. A disaster, to be fair.

Thankfully, both WhatsApp and Telegram offer apt privacy features without which, you could’ve never used them in the first place.

Privacy is the most important part of this conversation

For starters, WhatsApp offers ‘end-to-end encryption’ for its chats by default. It even shows it off for the user’s consent when a new chat is initiated. End-to-end encryption, for those who don’t have any knowledge about; is a formidable privacy feature where your messages are turned into complex codes when they are sent. Those codes are extremely difficult to crack and cracking them is not at all a peanut-cracking job. However, those codes are then converted back into the text when it reaches the recipient. This way, you can ensure that no one reads or even intercepts your messages other than who you allow to.

WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption info

Telegram, though, does not offer end-to-end encryption by default. Alternately, it has a standalone privacy feature called the ‘secret chat’. To enable a secret chat with someone, you’ll have to go into that person’s profile and tap on ‘Start secret chat’. The secret chat feature offers:

  • end-to-end encryption
  • leave no trace on Telegram’s servers
  • have a self-destruct timer and
  • do not allow message forwarding

However, not having end-to-end encryption enabled by default is counterfactual. But, the secret chat makes it up by offering those extra features that WhatsApp does not offer nor it probably ever will.

Speaking of privacy, once again, Telegram has a head-start as it provides an internal chat lock. You can use a fingerprint or a passcode as a security measure. So whenever you open the app, you’ll be faced with a passcode or a fingerprint opt-in. And you won’t be able to get in unless you enter the required credentials. Predominantly, Telegram has better privacy options.

You have the option of choosing whom you may want to allow to add you to a group, call you, or view your ‘last seen’ status. Albeit, WhatsApp just offers to hide your ‘last seen’ status as the highest privacy measure after end-to-end encryption. Both of them offer two-step verification, though.

Customization

C’mon, there must be a little extra fun in chatting as well. You can customize both WhatsApp and Telegram’s chat interfaces to your liking. And that is what makes these chat apps less boring. Well, one of the two has better customizability options and I guess you already know which one’s better. It’s Telegram, once again.

I’m not biased, but it’s a fact that Telegram offers awesome customizability options. You can change the entire theme of the app- including the chat interface, for example. While things are a bit suppressive with WhatsApp as the only extent that you can go to is change the chat wallpaper.

Miscellaneous

Both WhatsApp and Telegram have their own desktop companions which you can access by just scanning a QR code on the desktop’s screen. However, WhatsApp has better compatibility and works smoother than the Telegram’s desktop companion.

WhatsApp also has a standalone ‘status’ feature which is a standard set by Facebook in all of its apps- copied by Snapchat. The stories feature on WhatsApp works exactly like the stories feature on Instagram, except there’s a lack of polls and GIFs. You can also overlay stickers on top of your stories.

Telegram doesn’t have a similar feature. Besides, WhatsApp also has a recently introduced business chat feature using which you can contact businesses and businesses can contact you. Although, I must say that it’s a bit more overwhelming than I thought it would be as I’ve already got a few unwanted messages from some brands trying to advertise its products. A ‘peer-to-peer’ payment system is also expected to launch sometime soon.

However, Telegram has none of the perks that WhatsApp does. But, it has its own community by which it’s well known for- channels. Yes, channels are the beasts of Telegram and are one of the reasons people tend to install Telegram in the first place. Channels work exactly like the channels on TV.

Depending on what the channel is about, you can get news, information, businesses can advertise their products and offer services, and you can interact with businesses as well. You can also shop for products online. Basically, it contemplates as a community.

Channels are also the reason Telegram had to face a ban from Russia and Apple’s app store in the first place.

Apart from all of this, there’s one more thing that makes a good point in this discussion. You can send files on WhatsApp only up to a limit of 16 MB, while Telegram allows file sharing of up to 1.5 GB. And that colossal file sharing size limit makes a huge difference.

Conclusion

No matter what app you choose, at the end of the day, all you’ll ever want is to just message your recipients. So, maybe having those extra features won’t mean much to you. But, if you are someone who plays around with features and is feature-hungry, Telegram seems like a decent choice.

However, if you are someone who wants extreme reliability and super secure, super fast messaging, WhatsApp could be the best choice.

Once again, I would like to say that no matter how many articles you read about the comparison between these two chat apps, you’ll only choose the app you feel comfortable using. If you’ve been using WhatsApp since the beginning (which is the case with most people), you’ll never like any other app. Same goes for Telegram.

So, my advice is to try both the apps and evaluate what fits best for your needs.

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  1. Bill Dietrich

    April 25, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    Are there any major messaging apps that don’t use phone number as user ID ? Not so great if you want to keep your phone number private.

    • Taha Broachwala

      April 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      There are none I know!

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I switched to Cake browser for a week, and I’m not going back!

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The one thing you should know about me is that my curiosity levels soar high, almost at all times. And for the same reason, I often find myself glued to my iPhone.

When computers were considered to be the latest trend in technology, there wasn’t much portability in its applications. Whenever you’d want to get insights on a topic, or simply send an email, you’d have to wait to get home to access that monstrous box with a screen which then, apparently overwhelmed you with information.

But, thankfully, progress has led us to an era where a significant part of our life now is dependent on smartphones. To sum it all up in high-school syllabus terms, smartphones are something which has made the process of acquiring information much easier, among other things.

As for me, I used to use Safari to access the web when I wasn’t near a laptop or a desktop. It’s fluid, simple, minimalistic; and the most important thing is it gets the job done, every time. It’s also probably one of the most secure browsers out there. But, after some time using the famed browser from Apple, I got bored. Have you ever felt UI sickness? I’ve coined that term for myself meaning getting bored/sick of using the same UI every day. Yeah, I felt that using Safari. Things got way too minimalistic.

Then, I shifted my focus to Google’s Chrome browser for iOS. Albeit, I got tired of that as well. Further, I tried Mozilla. It had this heaviness that repelled me away from it. Not to mention other browsers, I had tried everything to make myself more interactive towards my research. I wanted to make collecting information fun, fast, and interesting for myself. And neither of the mainstream browsers available for the platform (iOS) managed to get even close.

Later, upon contemplating the reasons for the loss of my interest in research, I realized that it wasn’t the browsers that inhibited my concerns; it was the way the browsing methods were laid on in the first place. But, eventually, in my conquest for finding a better browsing option, I found Cake.

Cake, in this case, is not something you devour by melting it in your saliva. It is a full-fledged browser which revolutionizes the way you browse. So far, we have experienced mobile browsers that are just a port of desktop browsers morphed into a compact form. No browser directs towards making the browsing experience unique for smartphones. But, here’s when Cake’s intervention shakes things up.

Cake Browser

Based in Utah, Cake Technologies Inc. is a venture-backed startup founded in 2016 that focuses on providing the best experience from a browser.

What is the most important function of a browser?- To search for things using search engines like Google, Bing, etc. However, according to a study by Moz in 2016, when searching on a traditional mobile browser, it takes 87% longer to find and click on a relevant result as compared to desktop browsers.

What Cake does is, instead of displaying a list of search results from search engines, it presents them in a card format all loaded up so that you can get to the most relevant result’s content directly. The next two results are loaded in the background so when you swipe over to them (as it’s a card format), they are already loaded. This way you won’t have to scroll, scan or involve in back-and-forth navigation while searching for your favorite kind of animal. The folks over at Cake have named this feature “Index suppression.”

The browser also optimizes pages from its side to enable faster load times. With that said, pages with a faster loading speed in a search result are given the most preference. So, even if a page ranks top in search results in a traditional browser, it won’t rank first in Cake browser if it won’t have the best load time and relevancy.

Another notable feature from Cake is group search. It groups your search results into one media type which is chosen by you. For instance, if you are looking for earphones to buy, you can type in the term “earphones” in the URL bar and then tap on the shopping cart indicating you want search results for shopping. The browser will automatically display all the results from Google’s rankings that lead to shopping earphones. Further, it loads up shopping sites like Amazon, eBay, etc. by the side so you can always swipe over.

Design

Cake browser, just like its name, uses delightful colors all over the app’s interface. Mostly, the app has a mixture of references from Google’s material design and Apple’s huge titles- even on Android. Even though there’s a lot of information and links being displayed on the screen, all at once, the browser’s designed in such a way that it doesn’t look muddled.

Cake Browser

It’s best if I describe this browser as a combination of Safari and Chrome, but on steroids. Overall, the URL bar and the settings elements are plain, bold black and white, while the homepage is radically blue.

Functionality

This browser plays a huge part in terms of functionality. It contains a plethora of ground-breaking features that enable you to save a lot of time, and also stride through the internet effortlessly. I have already educated you on the basic idea that this browser works around. So, here are some more…

Curation tools

More than it’s a browser, it’s a content curation tool. And this becomes prominent as soon as you open the app. You’ll be greeted with links for the top 5 trending searches on Google for the day. When you tap on them, you’ll be provided with articles that justify the trending result. For example, it was the International Cat day yesterday, and upon clicking the trend, the browser loaded articles providing more information on the topic.

Cake Browser

Somehow, Taylor Swift’s cats got a mention everywhere…

Slices

Slices is a pretty neat feature that comes packed in with the browser. Basically, it shows you the headlines from all the major websites depending on the topic you select.

Cake Browser

How you do it is, you open a new tab, tap on the genres available at the top for the Slices feature, and the browser will load the homepage of every website related to that genre. For instance, if you tap on “Gaming,” the browser will open relevant news websites like IGN, Polygon, etc. It’s a superb feature if you want to discover more websites, and get to know different points of view.

AdBlock and Security

Cake browser’s core functions are similar to every browser available for the mobile app market. However, as I said earlier- the app’s on steroids. It comes along with a built-in ad blocker that blocks ads on any and every website you visit. Although, there is an option to disable ad block just in case if you want to become generous towards websites.

Cake Browser

Besides, on every website, the browser indicates if it has SSL encryption or not. This helps you stay away from the ones that could potentially harm your data.

Customization

This browser supports customization than any other browser in Android as well as on iOS combined. For starters, you can customize which websites you prefer in terms of search results. For example, while searching for headphones, you want search results from eBay first instead of Amazon, you can change the preference in the swipe-down results after you search for a query.

On top of that, Cake also lets you change the app icon with about 20 options to choose from.

You can also decide upon which search engine to use, and you can change it anytime you want. But, the default is Google.

I’ve been using Cake for about a week now, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to any other mobile browser, let alone Safari and Chrome. But, that is only unless either Apple, Google or Firefox introduce the same or better features. Well, I haven’t told you about the best part about this browser yet: It’s 100% ad-free.

However, it’s not always so sweet in Cake land. There was one time when the browser faced connectivity issues, where pages would load painfully slow. Other than that, the app was fluid as hell. And it certainly changed the way I browse- a way which I couldn’t ever have imagined.

The Cake Browser is available on Android and iOS as a free download.

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How to turn off conversation view in Gmail for Android and iOS?

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Google introduced the conversation view for its desktop and mobile Gmail clients as a way to easily manage a string of emails- as conversations. 

However, there were polarizing reactions on this move by Google. Some people liked the idea of converting their emails into conversations arranged as heaps on top of each other, while some didn’t. Albeit, a significant share of people went on to birth an online petition against this scrimping implementation. 

This forced Google to hence, offer this feature as an option that users can turn on in Gmail’s settings. However, this discharge was only for the desktop version of Google’s notorious email service. Mobile users were indeed left out of this mini-referendum. Since then, the Gmail app for iOS and Android had gone through many changes, especially after the update that introduced the conversation view for an email thread.

But, no changes surfaced pointing towards the conversation view, that is, until today, as the Gmail app for iOS and Android is finally rolling out an option to disable the conversation view.

All the Gmail app users on iOS and Android are being updated with this feature as of now. So if you ever wanted a more simplified user experience on Gmail, you now have the freedom to do so. 

I don’t see how people who deal with tons of emails per day would prefer to go through the shambles that are unsorted email replies, especially since they have already got a taste of the conversation view. But, if you’re someone who gets one important email per week which you don’t even care glancing through once, it won’t matter if the feature is switched off or on. 

Nevertheless, you can disable conversation view by tapping on the account name in the settings menu and looking for the “Conversation view” checkbox. Now you won’t have to worry about seasonal mood swings aimed at the avidity to enable or disable conversation view. Well, that’s a thing!

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How to find a recently saved contact on iPhone and Android?

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Certain instances of my life with a smartphone involve me, forgetting the name of the recently saved contact just after the moment I save it. So, here’s how to locate a recently saved contact on your iPhone or an Android device. 

It’s highly frustrating to be honest, and the feeling worsens when you need that contact for a really important task. Above all, it’ll be really painful if I ever try to contemplate how I’ve lost tons of great opportunities just cause I couldn’t remember a name after saving the contact. It happens. 

I bet this happens to everyone on this planet who own a smartphone. But, while Apple and Google don’t have this feature where the contacts are categorized based on the date they were added, thankfully, third-party apps save the day.

So, how to locate a recently saved contact on an iPhone?

This process is extremely simple. All you have to do is to click on the link and you’ll automatically be redirected to the App Store from where you can download “Contacts last entries & search.

Initial impressions of the app are a bit laggy and slow, but when it performs the magic, you’ll feel like having the app forever loaded on. 

  1. Once you open the app, tap on the Name label. It’ll switch to Creation date which will display your contact list in a descending order from latest to the oldest. How to know the name of the recently saved contact?
  2. Have fun!

The app works just good. But, it intermittently freezes when tapping on buttons inside the app. Although, I don’t know if this is the app itself or the freezing problem is because of the fact that I have iOS 12’s Developer Beta installed on my iPhone. 

And, how to locate a recently saved contact on Android?

The process is just as easy for an Android device as it is for an iPhone. Like the latter, you just have to download an app named “Recent Apps” from the Play Store. 

This app is not as sophisticated as compared to what the iPhone counterpart offers. It doesn’t show the date at which the contact was created, but it chronologically sorts all the contacts in the descending order of their date. There’s nothing to configure in the app. Just tap on allow when the app prompts to ask permission for access to the device’s contacts. 

That’s it guys. But I’m pretty sure that you’ll thank me in the comments later for this!

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