WeChat application is one of it's kind messaging application using which you not only can chat with your friends and family but also can talk and do video call anywhere in the world and it's totally free unlike some other applications where you have to pay for the same after certain days of usage. I'll walk through some of the excellent features which Wechat offers. You can check out the complete facts here in the fact sheet.
Unlike other applications you no need to sign in to Wechat app using your phone number is mandatory requirement. You can create the sign in using facebook, using email ID or phone number for authentication purpose.
Above are couple of screenshots of the app in use. There are many plugins available using which one can find and add New friends to their network.
Add friends via Facebook
You can easily find your Facebook friends who use wechat app or invite them too to access and install WeChat app and start interacting immediately.
Imagine if you are in a mall or cinema theatre or anywhere else, you can look around for New friends easily using this function. Just enable the GPS on your smartphone and start finding new friends.
Shake the phone to find friends:
This is one of the innovative feature in Wechat app where you can add the new friends just by shaking your smartphone. The app will list out the users who will be shaking their phone at the same moment and you can start interacting with them.
Drift the bottle:
Another innovative feature is Drift bottle where you can just write a message or voice message and through it in virtual ocean and it will be picked up by other WeChat app users who will be looking for friends using drift bottle feature. They can pick the bottles , in the same way, even you can pick others bottles, read the message and start interacting with them.
Video call using WeChat:
With video call feature , one can do the video chat with their friends and family without any lag.
Send the message at one shot to multiple recipients without actually allowing the end users to know the others who are the recipients of the same message.
With these and many other excellent features the application really stands out of the crowd and gives total user satisfaction. Topped with amazing user interface, surely it's an eye catcher. WeChat app is available for Android, Symbian and IOS , soon the application will be available for Windows and BlackBerry too.
Some pros and cons:
To wind up the post with some pros and cons listed below.
Excellent User Interface
No mandatory telephone number requirement for sign up
Totally free for lifetime
Excellent support too via Wechat itself.
Innovative features which allows users to stick with the application for long.
Heavy application, the base application installation itself takes around 14 MB of disk space on smartphone and when you add the plugins, takes around 25 MB of space. It doesn't matter for latest and greatest android phones with huge memory and processors, but for slow phones and phones with less memory, it would be tricky.
Drift the bottle feature mostly lists out friends from China etc., and not locally based on the location. Discussed the issue with a WeChat representative and they are actively working on the solution. Future updates may fix it.
Overall, application is very stable with intuitive features. We rate 8 out of 10 to this app. Try it yourselves by downloading the same from Google Play store or Apple Store .