Choosing whether to use Skype or Whatsapp (or both) is important when you are considering which to make your primary method of contact at college or work. Both platforms have their merits. They are very similar, however they are still different enough to attract separate crowds. So if you are weighing up the pros and cons of these two messaging platforms, read on for a summary of just that.
Let’s start with a quick overview of each messaging service.
Skype vs Whatsapp
Skype is luckily free to download on to just about anything. You can use it on a desktop app, in your browser, or on an app on your phone or tablet. It is available for Apple phones, macs, Windows computers and Android phones. The biggest advantage of this is that it will attract a lot of users outside of the normal smartphone crowd. This means businesses and other desktop-based users prefer it.
Another thing to mention is that the quality of calls and video calls is far superior to those of Whatsapp. Skype was built exactly for this and still dominates that sphere. They have had a lot more experience bringing quality internet-based phone calls to users. This of course also means that Skype will use a lot more data if you are using it on mobile over your mobile internet connection. It could rack up a huge phone bill, especially for video calls. Quality comes at a price, it seems.
A setback for Skype against Whatsapp is that if you intend to message someone, you will need to know the person’s Skype username in advance. It is not a big problem if you know to ask for it, but still, it causes more friction than Whatsapp’s easy messaging.
Skype has a lot of amazing features that Whatsapp does not, including filesharing, team collaboration tools, and video conferencing capabilities.
Whatsapp, much like its competitor, Skype, is free to download onto your phone. The trouble is that it is known to people as an app only. There is a desktop app available for it now, but it is fairly recent, and not very many people know of it. This means that you may have trouble recruiting your friends to use it for desktop-based projects.
The app lets you video call, message or voice call anyone who also has the app. If you need to contact someone, you do not need to take the time to find out the person’s WhatsApp name. You simply use their phone number, and if they do have WhatsApp, then you will be able to send them a message straight from the app.
An advantage of Whatsapp is that they have the messaging app market pinned down. Nearly everyone uses it already, and the app is much less clunky and space needy than Skype’s.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to share files in a useful way using Whatsapp. The app downloads all media to your phone when you view them, which quickly causes clutter and unwanted files on your phone. It also does not let you send anything other than video or photo files. You can’t directly send pdf files or other such types, which makes it a bad candidate for work and school-related communication.
Whatsapp’s voice and video calls are good quality, but nowhere near the quality you can get from Skype. This does mean, however, that the cost of data while using these functions on Whatsapp will be a fraction of the cost of using the same on Skype. If cost-effectiveness is a priority over quality, then this truly is noteworthy.
If you are considering which messaging service to use for school or university, then there are a few things to consider. Firstly, the number of people using each in your age group. Students live with their phones in their hands. It is, therefore, a lot more likely that you will be able to persuade your group to use an app-based instant messaging service. Whatsapp has a great group chat functionality and is popular amongst students. Secondly, if you need to send a lot of files back and forth in group work, it can quickly turn cumbersome using Whatsapp.
If you can persuade your peers to use Skype, then you should do so, as it is a lot more convenient for the type of collaborative work that universities require.
Skype is vastly superior to Whatsapp in the domain of business. Companies have been using it for long enough to be used to it, and for everyone to be completely familiar with its functions. It allows conference calls, group chats, voice calls, and collaborative file sharing. Being part of the Microsoft infrastructure means that in a majority of cases, companies running Windows need not even install Skype, as it is right there from the beginning.
In business, the quality of calls matters. Using Skype can ensure that you get the speed and clarity on video calls that your meetings need.
In your personal life, you can, of course, use any or all messaging services. Which you choose will ultimately depend on who you are trying to contact, and what you are trying to do. If you only have someone’s phone number, then Whatsapp is the winner, but if you want to send and receive photos and videos, then it will clutter up your phone. Skype will let you integrate with a Windows laptop and an android phone seamlessly, but hardly anyone is on there. Whatever works for you.
It is likely that for you, as well as for many others, the convenience of already having a large Whatsapp infrastructure built up will win over Skype. Everyone already has Whatsapp. It is easy to contact people on it.
But don’t forget that there are a lot of places where it just doesn’t cut it. Skype has superior performance in the workplace. it outperforms Whatsapp in any use that involves sending any files (including word documents, excel, and photos). This is because Skype hosts your files on its own server. Whatsapp use your phone to store media that others send to you. Other people’s stuff can quickly pile up on your phone’s drive this way. Skype’s desktop environment has withstood the test of time.