Overview of Discord
As we all know, Discord is such a big hit, especially in the gaming community. With so many features that are user-friendly and available across devices, users have options on which device they prefer to use. And although it still has a long way to go in order to further satisfy its customers, it really performs and does its best to deliver. Discord is so more than just a chatting app, and here’s why. Below is a list of the benefits and features of Discord that propelled it to where it is today in the VoIP industry:
Supports multiple OS
Discord is available on Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, iPhone, iPad, and SaaS
The platform is a great alternative to Slack for small and large companies, that want to use live chats.
Streaming & Screen sharing
Discord is especially great for gamers streaming their games, screen sharing with friends to watch movies together, or even for PowerPoint presentations to businesses or work-related meetings on your desktop computer.
Voice and video calls / Video and audio conference
Whether you use Discord voice chat and video calls for private and personal matters, meeting new people, or even interacting with other users and gamers, these features are great; as people inside a server can also engage in a video or audio conference call.
Discord is free. Even without subscribing to the Nitro version (which is the equivalent to a premium version on other applications), the access to features is countless.
Access to multiple servers, voice channels, and text channels is unlimited. The options are limitless whether you want to create or join a Discord server.
A fun fact is that you can customize notifications per channel. You can choose to appear online on a certain channel and appear offline on another.
By being the admin to a server or servers (for that matter), you can assign ranks and grant or deny permissions to certain members of the group/groups.
One of the cool features of Discord is the bot control where a bot can perform commands inside a server (admin commands, DJ commands, everyone commands, and premium commands), like announcements, playing music, adding to playlist, language, setup, etc. You can do this by typing in the command codes on the text channel.
You can also send, receive, access, and download attachments on Discord, such as photos, GIFs, videos, and even Google drive links.
Discord also has great online customer support to attend to its users’ needs and inquiries.
Pros and Cons of Discord
Here are the Discord pros:
- Compatible with Windows, iPhone, Android, Mac, Linux, iPad, and SaaS
- Customizable and can be personalized
- Designed for meeting new people
- Team communication through voice chat and video calls
- Share videos, photos, links, and attach documents
- Screen sharing
- Bot support
- Big community for games
- Chatting app
- Does not need a SIM card to log in
- Constant modification from app developers
Here are the Discord cons:
- Limited file size sharing on the free version (up to 50MB)
- App is not business-oriented (unlike Facebook which can create and customize pages for business i.e. online selling)
- Risky for kids (as some Discord servers can be rated 18+)
- Limited features on a mobile device (some Discord features are only accessible on PC)
- Some features are only available through Nitro subscription (example: file-sharing more than 50MB in size)
- Has no “message seen” notification
- Doesn’t show when a Discord user was last active
- Time-limited text messages (where message self-destructs after time period ends)
- Does not export data to email (all data are stored within the server; no backup on email)
- No end-to-end encryption
- Cannot content-share to other apps
- End encryption on group chats is not supported
Overview of WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a free messaging app most people use. With over 2 billion users, it’s the most popular chatting app in the world. Even though there are a lot of other apps available on the digital market, most people never ditch WhatsApp because of its features. Listed below are the cool features and benefits of using WhatsApp:
Available on PC, Android, and iPhone
You can connect your mobile phone to your personal computer by scanning the QR code especially tailored for your device. Here’s how:
Download WhatsApp on desktop. Install and Run.
Open WhatsApp on your phone and tap on the three dots. Tap ‘Settings’, and tap the QR symbol on the right side.
Tap on the ‘Scan Code’ and scan the QR code generated on your desktop.
Choose and Tap the device shown that’s available to link in.
WhatsApp is free across all devices available. It has no premium subscription, no ads, and no in-app purchases.
Receive notifications and show unread messages
You can choose to receive notifications on top of the notification bar, or allow it to display over apps so your messages will directly pop up on your phone screen. A WhatsApp notif will also show for messages you haven’t read yet.
Can be personalized
You can modify your username, and photo on WhatsApp, as well as type your bio on the bio section that can be viewed on another person’s phone on your contacts. You can customize your theme and wallpaper according to your preference, as well as the notification sounds for text messages and video and voice calls. You can even assign different notification sounds per contact and group chat.
Has existing contact management
Friends on your contact list who are also using WhatsApp will automatically get detected.
WhatsApp has military-grade data
Send audio recording and voice clips
Just like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp allows you to record and send audio clips to a contact if you don’t feel like texting.
Share photos, videos, audio to other apps
WhatsApp lets you share a video or photos from other applications like Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Snapchat, etc., and into your WhatsApp, as well as vice versa to share more posts across different platforms.
Pros and Cons of WhatsApp
Here are the WhatsApp pros:
- Compatible on PC, iOS, and mobile phone
- Gives access to more people thru group chats
- Automatically detects a phone number on your contact list that uses the app
- Online customer support to answer inquiries and resolve issues
- Can be personalized
- has ‘message seen’ notification thru a blue tick
- Shows when a user is last active
- Has two-way video chat
- Communicate with friends with high-quality video or voice call
- end-to-end encryption
- Can send documents, links, images, audio, music files, and videos with higher MB leeway
- Backup data on cloud
Here are the WhatsApp cons:
- Phone number needed to sign in
- Not tablet-optimized
- Cannot send message to another user when offline
- No browser built-in
- Not designed for meeting new people
- Cannot send free SMS
- Drafts are not automatically saved
- Doesn’t have screenshot detection
WhatsApp vs Discord – Which is Better?
So, arriving at this point of no return, which app is really better in the issue of Discord vs WhatsApp? I think that there shouldn’t be a clash between these two. Yes, they have similar features; then again they also have different ones. Discord is not better than WhatsApp. WhatsApp is not better than Discord. At the end of the day, these two applications’ features and functionalities cater to different users’ needs.