iMessage speed vs whatsapp?

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  1. Maccleduff macrumors regular

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    e.g. SMS is relatively slow with a status bar showing as it sends the message

    whatsapp is quite speedy, almost instant sending of messages

    How does iMessage compare?
     
  2. sk1wbw Suspended

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    A well established app versus a beta release of an OS...
     
  3. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Its a fair question. He wasn't claiming whatsapp was faster, but rather asking if anyone knew, no harm done.
     
  4. gks macrumors 6502

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    I have not had the chance to try it, but iMessages have the ability to show you when the other person is typing. I expect the speed to be roughly as fast as an instant message (like AIM, Yahoo, GTalk)
     
  5. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    So does Whatsapp.
     
  6. gks macrumors 6502

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    That isn't the point. The question was "how fast is iMessage" basically. Not about feature parity.

    Sorry, but take the "Whatsapp does this already" crap to another thread that already exists with discussion on it. Don't start another stupid conversation about it in here too.
     
  7. mms13 macrumors 6502

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    Whatsapp is dead. Who wants to use 3rd party apps when there is an even better native app?
     
  8. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    People who talk to other people who don't have an iPhone. Whatsapp is cross platform.
     
  9. F123D macrumors 68040

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    ding ding ding. Winner!
     
  10. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    *sigh*
    Released product versus beta product.
     
  11. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    So you think iMessage is going to become an open standard that can be used on Android, Blackberry, Symbian and Windows phones once it's officially released? You're living in fantasy land if you believe that. And if you don't believe that, your statement is pointless and irrelevant.
     
  12. Maccleduff thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, perhaps i should have phrased my Thread title better.

    Simply put, how fast does an iMessage send vs sms/whatsapp/other messaging services ?
     
  13. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    This guy. Its still a really useful app for people who have friends without iPhones.
     
  14. iceterminal macrumors 68000

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    Obviously you fail to read daily news and data about upcoming products and releases. Otherwise you wouldn't of opened your mouth and look at stupid as you do now.
     
  15. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    It currently sends a little faster than SMS but a little slower than Whatsapp. That being said, unlike Whatsapp, it doesn't have to load the first message after you open the app (it's already loaded like an SMS). This is due to it being an integrated app. Let's see what happens in the final release.
     
  16. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    LOL I'd love to hear your explanation of this statement b/c I can assure you that you don't know what you're talking about. iMessage is only b/w iOS devices. If you're talking to someone without an iOS device is defaults to SMS technology which does NOT go over your data connections. Whatsapp is cross platform and always uses a data connection and always allows you to create group chats.
     
  17. mms13 macrumors 6502

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    90% of my friends have iPhones. For the rest, I'll just send them a text. The great part is, the Messages app does all that work for me! No need to fuss with 2 separate apps.
     
  18. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    He's got a point. Airdrop is only compatible with other users using Airdrop, same goes for Facetime so I can quite easily see iMessage not allowing users to talk to non-iOS users. That and iMessage is embedded into SMS to detect contacts that have iMessage, not BBM etc.
     
  19. gks macrumors 6502

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    I believe I answered your question. If you can see the other person is typing, the message will be delivered nearly immediately.
     
  20. Dwalls90 macrumors 601

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    For me at least, whatsapp is useless once iMessages goes live ... everyone has unlimited texting plans nowadays, so what's the advantage of using whatsapp vs iMessages? I know texts are very small in data, but I'd rather use my unlimited texts than my data (which is also unlimited, but almost everyone else is limited to 2Gb or so)

    Plus, with iMessage you don't need two apps .. it's all integrated and detects which mode to use, that's awesome and only the tip of the ice berg IMO.
     
  21. El3ctronics macrumors 65816

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    It depends really. If you're into group chats, you can have groups with people on multiple platforms, not just iOS. If you travel abroad or have friends that travel abroad you can communicate with them without being r**ed by carrier SMS fees. If you like knowing when a message is delivered, you can get confirmation when talking to users on other platforms. Whatsapp is simply much faster and has more features than SMS. Granted, iMessage incorporates a lot of these features but the fact that it's limited to ONLY iOS users is definitely a drawback when comparing the two.
     
  22. bmms8 macrumors 68020

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    i think whatsapp is a great app regardless. BUT, iMessage will be wonderful as i live in an edge area, the reason why i love whatsapp so much is because everything is through wifi. now i can do that within iMessage. hopefully it works flawlessly, im excited for it. all of my family has iphones, so itll be great to send MMS within just a couple seconds :)
     
  23. henry72 macrumors 65816

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    I want use Whatsapp to sent messages to iOS user anymore. iMessage is the way to go. ;)

    I will still keep my Whatsapp, just for the non iOS user.
     
  24. Maccleduff thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that's interesting to know. Looking forward to using iMessages in the final release of iOS5 !
     
  25. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    I'm curious to hear what thus guy is talking about, but I suspect it's just crazy rambling.
     

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