Sunday, August 16, 2015

Choose a messenger for android-devices: text messages – imo, Tango and WeChat –


The ability to self-configure

The maximum load on the system (CPU / RAM)
0-0.3% / 50 -70 MB

Only the most necessary

Availability Emoji, emoticons, gif-animation
Many free stickers

Transfer files and multimedia
Only photo and video (uncompressed)


The social component (integration with social networks, group chats)
Primitive extended groupchat functionality includes

iOS, Android (PC-version is not)


Первое impression

No wonder that at the beginning we are asked to provide your phone number. After that, the application will automatically detect the SMS and asked to provide, that is, to drive a name and age. What age – it is clear and it is unclear at the same time, however, we will not “get to the post.”

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And here it is – the main window imo. If you would standard minimalism, they would be the interface of this application. Just two tabs on the common white background with no frills: chats and contacts. At the bottom, which is not very usual, you can find a quick search button to create the message and the “three points”. The latter can set up imo, create a group chat and share app with your friends by all means.

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As for the settings, there also reigns minimalism. You can add photos to the profile, making it immediately with the camera, configure notifications, delete chat history and parameterize itself account. With regard to the notification, there is a standard set of gentleman: Tally, vibration, sound, pop-up window. For voice calls, the setting of the melody. That’s the parsley.

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The first impression of the program – neutral. Obschalka and obschalka, no nonsense and no frills, that is not even a hint of magical communication a-la Messenger. Maybe imo its intended minimalism throughout wants to oust businesslike Skype? That is what we are now, and check.


The consumption of RAM skromnika Viber moved into second place – only 53 MB with zero CPU load. It is a pity that permits the program asks no less famous colleagues. This imo works only with the fourth version of Android, and happily leaked in startup and continues to run in the background even if closed. That’s that. I do not like – write SMS.

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Invite friends only through SMS and phone book smartphone . At the same time you have to take charge of your ISP, not imo. And what, after all imo free. Frustrating, because people rarely read the fine lettering and unknowingly may send invitations to all the (minimum four users have marked jackdaws, even though we did not ask) contacts, giving a decent amount for it. However, if your friend is already imo, it automatically appears in the list of contacts. Integration with other services do not.

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The very same nondescript communication performed by a Spartan. At the top there is a possibility to make a video or voice, at the bottom – the dialog box. Himself conversation develops a ladder with the release of a different color sent and received messages – standard. Not without the stickers, which, incidentally, a lot and they are all free, but loaded directly from the Internet, and therefore offline message will be left without emoticons.

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You can send a photo (no compression) and short videos. This preview is not in the application itself, and the picture in the dialog box is sent to the real size, which is not very convenient. On fotochat Messenger is a little like.

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Another drawback – to collect users for the conference through the necessary settings, although this inconvenient way to enjoy the famous Skype, which is somewhat begs the lack this young program. Here, actually, and all imo.

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With regard to the end-use of resources, they unnecessarily increased to 71 MB of RAM at a 0.3-percent CPU utilization.

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Imo – application of its own, it is likely to chance upon an acquaintance is practically reduced to zero. We will not explain how to use it – you know. But that’s a pity that the password can not be put on the program. In the rest to us rather crude design without frills. Minimalism, of course, can be attributed to the idea of ​​a light messenger, but resource consumption suggests otherwise. Judge for yourself, did not really do, exchanged a few words and photo with someone to dig deeper and extended groupchat functionality includes you – 20 MB increase and CPU load.


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