Review of BBM, Whatsapp, WeChat and Viber chat texting apps.
This contents of this app is for informational purposes only. It presents real-world results of data usage and battery consumption of the most popular chat, messenger or texting apps under standard conditions. BBM (Blackberry Messenger), Whatsapp, WeChat and Viber are the most popular texting apps for Android smartphhones and tablets, and as such were reviewed in this comparitive analysis.
Texting, messenger or chat apps that use internet data instead of network carrier services like traditional SMS has created a much more affordable way to communicate with text. The proliferation of smartphone apps that provide this functionality can help users reduce messenging costs by using internet data to send messeges instead of through SMS. Using chat apps over a wi-fi internet connection can result in messages that are vitually free (depending on the wi-fi plan), but making calls using 3G / HSDPA / LTE can incur network carrier costs. The question is how much data do these chat apps use, as this will determine whether it is a more cost effective way of sending text messages. Apps also utilise RAM (active phone memory), and can affect the performance of the phone, and as such is important information when choosing the most appropriate app to use. Results of real world testing of data consumption and RAM utilization is presented here, to help users make informed decisions on which apps best suite their needs.