The comparative analysis for these IM apps can be somewhat likened to comparing a BMW (Whatsapp) with a Honda scooter (Palringo) – it really doesn’t make sense and there seems to be no competition. While both are instant messaging and chat networks, only one actually engages in cross-chatting across networks, making a lot of their makeup incomparable. But, nevertheless, since this is about showing you which particular IM app should be on your phone, let’s give you a quick but deep look into these two
Palringo is a multi-platform messaging system that allows you to connect with your contacts on some of the more popular instant messaging networks around, provided that you have an account with those networks. Currently, it is hooked up with Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM, ICQ, iChat (for iOS devices), Google Talk, Gadu Gadu, Jabber, and Facebook. This means that you can use Palringo to chat with your friends and colleagues on these networks on one single interface. Cool, right? Well, most IM networks of this caliber do that.
Now, Palringo is available on all iOS and Android devices. It can also be installed on a Windows PC, a Mac, and a Linux computer. Recently, it also updated its compatibility for the Windows Phone 7. As of March 2012, Palringo has dropped compatibility with the Blackberry smartphones, Java ME, and Symbian.
Palringo’s basic features are individual chatting, group chatting, image sharing, and rich text format for chats. It also provides a nifty geo-location sharing module to allow users to post their locations automatically to their contacts. The buddy list management system allows for very minor customization and the service does not allow voice or video chatting services. In addition, Palringo’s user interface on mobile devices is poorly designed and extremely cluttered.
WhatsApp is the equivalent of the Blackberry Messenger, that nifty app you can only find on Blackberry smartphones which can provide you with the most enjoyable and consistent experience chatting, on the iOS, Symbian, Android, and Windows Phone 7 devices. It is likewise available on the Blackberry, but then who in his right mind would want to ditch Blackberry Messenger for that.
In any case, WhatsApp has been getting wonderful raves and reviews because of its simplicity combined with its multi-media features. Yes, with WhatsApp, you can actually send text, audio, or video messages back and forth with relative ease. It has a wonderful offline message recording feature and provides a more than adequate notification system. The interface is clean and easy to navigate, which also allows customization to some degree. The best part of the app is that it will automatically sync your phone contacts into its database so that you won’t have to manually.
Now, this is one of the few IM apps that doesn’t have interconnection with other networks like Palringo has. So, in effect, this is where the comparison doesn’t make sense. Nevertheless, this does not mean that WhatsApp, which is really only useful if all of your phone contacts have it installed on their mobile devices, is the sore loser. The fact is that WhatsApp is a step above in the features and user interface departments, minus the cross-messaging integration feature where Palringo does have the upper hand in.