Poll: What is your favorite messaging app?

Poll: What is your favorite messaging app?
While people may often forget that the smartphones they carry around are still telephones capable of making voice calls to others, people never forget that smartphones are communication devices. It's just that more often, the communication is done through a messaging app, of which there are quite a few that are very popular. So, we want to know: what's your favorite?

Obviously, there are options that are tied directly to the platform you chose for your smartphone, like iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger. There are also the cross-platform crowd, like Google Hangouts, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, and Snapchat. Then, there are the old faithfuls, the traditional services, like SMS and email, that still work very well despite the glut of new competition. 

So, what's your favorite messaging app? And, of course, we'd love you to sound off in the comments as to why you prefer what you do. (Please keep in mind these are opinions, not facts. What you like may be different from someone else, but that doesn't make them wrong.)

What is your favorite messaging app?

SMS
21.17%
Email
1.23%
Google Talk/Hangouts
6.55%
Facebook
5.22%
iMessage
4.43%
BlackBerry Messenger
2.81%
Twitter
0.44%
Skype
3.15%
WhatsApp
45.25%
Snapchat
0.44%
Viber
3.64%
Other
5.66%

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55 Comments

55. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Handcent.

53. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

WhatsApp... meh. Just not paying for something other people are providing for free, and in many cases, better.

51. Adithya7184 unregistered

what's-up???

50. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Whatsapp but SMS is all time best.

45. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Whatsapp its not the best but everyone use it, so....

43. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

As an android user, facebook messenger is the best for me for you can use it even if you're browsing. It's hassle-free and very user friendly app.

42. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Where is others like WeChat, Line, Viber, Kakao ??? All missing...

46. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

u can choose "Other"

56. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Viber is there and Other includes all those you want..

39. MrKharming

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Kik is quick and reliable I use because my kids like it lol

36. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

yeah where is we chat

35. rightcue805

Posts: 55; Member since: Jul 08, 2013

handcent sms!

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what i like using the most right now is Voxer.

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Viber is my choice...only thing missing is collection of smileys...other than that it has everything..best all in one app..and free..

17. Doppiadi

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

I bet many friends of mine don't even know they are using imessage while texting each others on iPhone.. Anyway here in Italy whatsapp is now the standard, I can see the percentage of phone numbers with whatsapp almost matching my contact list.

16. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

I have whatsapp. But must admit. BBM was just more reliable, but in general Whatsapp features probable beat it (you don't have to have pins, easy google maps sharing to name a few)

15. Gawain

Posts: 453; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

GroupMe is awesome, too bad you forgot it.

20. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I didn't necessarily forget it, but the poll list was already getting very long. I could have easily added Kik, GroupMe, and Line, but the list had to end somewhere.

33. Gawain

Posts: 453; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

Well it's owned by Skype (Microsoft) so by proxy... you kind of didn't forget it.

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I like the looks in Google talk, the amount of friends in whatsapp and the voice calls on viber.... Its so hard to choose between them

12. yousef8824

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

kik messenger

19. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

i bet cha kikkin at pron sites :')

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

check out new LINE messaging app.its the coolest

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've heard good things about Line, but I also heard it was mostly popular out in Japan.

9. ihatesmartphone unregistered

And also wechat :D

10. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

no worries :) but its cool than whatsap

26. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

In my opinion Line is not that good... I tried it and even got the Windows 8 service for my Laptop... something Viber just got and Whatsapp is missing... but messages for Line were not always right on time, and you couldn't completely delete conversations or people even after you dont have it in your contact list... Well at least that was my experience if I recall correctly before I uninstalled... Anyway I think that "the best" messaging app and "the most popular" are two different things, but both terms are very important... and you need to have an app with both qualities for being social

25. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

It´s also very popular in some European countries like Spain, but never near Whatsapp

29. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i may try out Line. thanks for the suggestion. o:

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

WhatsApp and iMessage definitely takes the cake.

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