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Replacing Messages: Three alternative apps for iOS messaging

Leah Yamshon | April 18, 2013
Dissatisfied with Apple's Messages? There are other messaging apps for iOS to choose from. And while they might not be able to completely replace Messages, they could teach it a thing or two.

What makes Snapchat so different is that the messages self-destruct shortly after they are opened. Once a Snap is sent, that's it--you won't be able to see it again. And after the recipient has opened the Snap, he or she only has a few seconds to look at it before it disappears. The sender designates the Snap's lifespan by setting a timer. You can see a log of all past Snaps, but you won't be able to see the contents.

One important setting to make note of is "Who can send me snaps." I toggled this from Everyone to My Friends, because the thought of getting a random photo message from a stranger isn't my idea of a good time.

Final verdict

While none of these messaging services can truly replace Messages, the experience of sending platform-to-platform messages excels with WhatsApp. Chat logs are easy to view and manage, the checkmarks next to read messages provide a peace of mind, and the variety of multimedia message types is a welcome sight. The problem with these messaging services is that they're only good based on the number of people who use them--while I can use WhatsApp to message with some of my contacts, I cannot use it as my primary platform, and will never be able to under Apple's current restrictions. 


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