Instant messengers strive to add new features to themselves by the day. Despite the competition, we must admit that big differences don't come very often. WeChat looks and feels like a run-of-the-mill instant messenger. But just like others, it has quite the arsenal of features.
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WeChat requires you to register using a real phone number. In this way contacts can be synced from your contact list. The app can also sync with your Google contacts.
The chat function is simple enough, although it contains the necessary emoticons and stickers(lately) complete with sticker market. Chatting can also be organized as a group. Creating and joining is easy and straightforward.
WeChat supports video and audio calls. Video calls are specifically tailored for bats since the image insists on being displayed upside down. Audio calls work just fine.
Contact data can be customized locally by adding descriptions and tags. This way it is easier to search when you have too many friends. New contacts can also be added via QR code. You can create your own and add it on a business card or display it for someone else to scan it.
Besides searching the vicinity, a novel way to contact others is by shaking your device. The Shake function searches for users on the WeChat network while you shake your device. Only the users that are also shaking their device can be found. This is useful when you want to connect with someone in your vicinity, since you don't need to record numbers or scan anything. Of course, you can also contact people from across the world by using this method.
WeChat also has a social media aspect to it. You can create posts photos and text. These can be reviewed and shared with others. Additionally, you can record Moments with other users. This is similar to tagging others in your photos.
- Instant messaging with group chats
- Audio calls
- Video calls
- Contact tags
- Photo posting
- Different contact finding mechanisms
- It's really fun to shake your phone and suddenly chat with someone in Malaysia
- My Posts feature can be used to create a simple time-line type thread
- Video calls have some glitches
- Hard to customize account details
WeChat is works fairly good. Despite some small problems, the communication functions work alright and for people who also like sharing and recording pictures and memories, this can be a viable solution.