Facebook is the new imessage..well for me

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by The Game 161, May 5, 2017.

  1. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #1
    Facebook messenger I mean


    I use imessage with my mate and sister but the person who I text a lot and the only person who I text a lot is my girlfriend and she is on a Samsung phone. We were using whatsapp until recently but have now decided to start texting via facebook messenger as I miss having that abilty to text her on my ipad and macbook pro.



    Me having an apple watch means I can also check texts on my watch with the dock by having messenger in there. I have also downloaded an app for messenger on my macbook pro so I am now able to text and view texts from her on my iphone, ipad, macbook and apple watch all while she doesn’t even have an iphone.


    So really If I was on android I wouldn’t miss imessage due to texting her on messenger anyway.


    Just a random thought for me to post given the importance of imessage for some folks. I can still see when she is typing and when a text has been read so really texting on messenger to me is like imessage.
     
  2. Tinmania macrumors 68040

    Tinmania

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2011
    Location:
    Aridzona
    #2
    I feel the same way. As I said in other thread: just about everyone I know has fb, but only half at best have iPhones.

    BUT, expect a lot of FB messenger hate coming your way. Some people don't even know why they have the hate, but they still spew it. :D



    Mike
     
  3. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

    BenTrovato

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2012
    Location:
    Canada
    #3
    It's all relative to the people you know. A lot of my friends use WhatsApp.. and also a lot use Snapchat to text. I prefer iMessage because I'm on the mac for work. Facebook Messenger isn't any worse or better than any of the platforms. I can't really say any is better or worse and I use them all. Although I do think Messenger's icons are a bit more fuzzy than the others.
     
  4. sunking101 macrumors 603

    sunking101

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2013
    #4
    Yeah. Smileys matter! FB emoticons are horrid. Whatsapp uses the iPhone set which I think are the best. Whatsapp is brilliant IMO.
     
  5. Technarchy macrumors 604

    Technarchy

    Joined:
    May 21, 2012
    #5
    It's probably the best option for a cloud backed fully featured messaging program that is about as ubiquitous as iMessage.
     
  6. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #6
    It is just a shame you can't use whatsapp via ipad where notifications come through the same way
     
  7. mib1800 macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2012
    #7
    Every messaging system is about the same if you want to do the basic. The only exception is iMessage which is the worst (the only in the world that has a auto membership rejection built-in).

    The best one in term of use cases is probably WeChat. The way this one integrates messaging+commerce+payment is quite mind boggling. Buy something, send a message and payment done. Can be used anywhere from your local convenience to online shopping. You can leave your wallet/credit cards/Apple Pay/Samsung Pay at home. But only in China ;) (where WeChat has 750 million active users)
     
  8. I7guy macrumors G5

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    What Exit?/Saguaro Country
    #8
    WhatsApp is 2nd best after iMessage and I don't use Facebook and many of the people I iMessage with don't use fb either. Clearly the last few updates to whatsapp were very innovative, but my use case with WhatsApp is very limited. I use iMessage and sms primarily.
     
  9. nburwell macrumors 68040

    nburwell

    Joined:
    May 6, 2008
    Location:
    PHL
    #9
    Any group chats I have with my friends is through WhatsApp. It's pretty seamless.

    Although a big group chat i have with my wife and our friends and SO's is done via MMS and it's a **** show since there is a mix between Android and iPhones in the group.
     
  10. nordique macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2014
    #10
    Facebook messenger is fantastic on android too.

    Love the face bubbles that you can move around.
     
  11. Zaft macrumors 68040

    Zaft

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    #11
    Facebook messenger is my 2nd used text app behind imessage.

    But imessage is still used around 90% of the time. Just about all the people I frequent with have IOS so imessage is our choice and works great.

    This is a very personal matter, imessage is a must for some and an afterthought for others.
     
  12. mrex macrumors 68020

    mrex

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2014
    Location:
    europe
    #12
    you can use whatsapp with you macbook too.


    1. skype: iphone, ipad, android phone, android tablet, android tv box, windows, macbook

    2. whatsapp: iphone, macbook, windows

    3. sms: iphone, with people who have smartphones but use them as a wired phone...
     
  13. pojo1806 macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2013
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    #13
    Every single person in my contacts use WhatsApp, it makes going from iPhone to Android a breeze.
     
  14. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #14
    i've actually moved back to WhatsApp now as messenger seemed to be a data hog. love using WhatsApp on my MacBook just a shame there is nothing for the iPad so it all syncs together
     
  15. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    #15
    I'm slowly moving everyone I talk to over to Allo as my iMessage replacement.
     
  16. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #16
    is also free though when not on wifi?
     
  17. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    #17
    What do you mean? Like does it use data from your cap?
     
  18. The Game 161 thread starter macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
    #18
    yeah.

    i thought you might be able to sync it via iPad so you get the messages come through like iMessage but doesn't seem like it does.
     
  19. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    #19
    I have faith they're coming and most of the people I talk to only use their phones. Remember that the web version is coming in a month or two. Can't see tablet apps taking much longer than that, even if it's a wrapper.

    Edit: As for the question? I think it uses data from whatever cap you have just like WhatsApp.
     
  20. BigMcGuire Contributor

    BigMcGuire

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Location:
    California
    #20
    As soon as they come out with their desktop/web app - I'll try to do the same. Why.... Why the heck didn't they come out with a web app to start with? :(
     
  21. Michael Goff macrumors G4

    Michael Goff

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2012
    #21
    Once you realize the company is Google, the ones who roll things out in the least logical way, it will all make sense.
     
  22. throAU macrumors 601

    throAU

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2012
    Location:
    Perth, Western Australia
    #22
    meh. i use both. imessage is great because it is transparent. i dont need someone on facebook to make use of it. if we both have iphones, it just works.
     
  23. LovingTeddy macrumors 6502a

    LovingTeddy

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2015
    Location:
    Canada
    #23
    I have zero reliance on iMessage anyway, mainly because I am using WeChat, QQ and WhatsApp for my communication need. Therefore, I have zero reliance with iOS. I can switch platform back and forth if I wish. Being not tied to certain OS is great.
     
  24. pika2000 macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2007
    #24
    Yeah, like it or not, Facebook is becoming the "lowest" common denominator. Even "better," it can be accessed by any device at any time, with the same account, simultaneously. But it's Facebook...

    If you are looking for a messaging service that offers that kind of flexibility (but not a social network), try Telegram. It has clients for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac, web, etc, and it works seamlessly. The catch is getting your friends and families to use it.
     

Share This Page