After the announcement that WhatsApp will stop supporting BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 at the end of 2016, I decided to make a comparison between the two platforms. One is leading the industry, the second only became available across all platforms about a year-and-a-half ago. Several comparisons were made in the past, but the applications have undergone upgrades and improvements so that today the comparison would be better to select users.
We took both apps for a Head-to-Head fight. Are you ready ?
Similar features can be found in the price, which is free for 2 apps. Until recently, WhatsApp used to charge users after a year, but it never really happened. BBM of course was always free.
One interesting feature is the capability to make voice calls over the internet. Worldwide, 4G calls will slowly be replacing the usual phone calls. In comparison, BBM’s voice call quality is much better than WhatsApp’s. Again it should be noted that cross-platform BBM is relatively new compared to WhatsApp.
BBM Video availability is currently limited to use between BlackBerry users, but the service is not yet available for WhatsApp. Still unknown when BBM will be available for video calls via Android & iOS.
Groups are significantly different between BBM and WhatsApp. The 2 apps both have the option of groups, but the similarity ends there. In WhatsApp, anyone can be added to any group without the permission of the person being added to the group. In other words, a user may find themselves in groups that he does not want to be in, completely without his knowledge.
In BBM, group membership is only with the approval and knowledge of the invited users meaning that unlike WhatsApp, BBM users can avoid misfortunes. In BBM each team has a shared calendar that may be used to set reminders for members of the groups (a great tool for groups of family or friends), and also a shared photo album group to share images. In addition, the users in the group can add new items to shared lists.
In WhatsApp, groups utilise a single conversation alone – all other actions must be performed outside the group. BBM is set to allow multiple chats within a group of friends: one possible discussion will be about football while another in the same group discussion will be another topic.
Here, too, the differences are shown. In WhatsApp you can only send a picture or video, while in BBM you can send any file you want – simple. If you need to send a PDF or XLS file it’s possible. In addition, photos sent between users or in groups do not require downloading to your device and can still be viewed normally from the app. In Groups that share a large amount of images, your memory device or external memory card is not affected.
In WhatsApp, each image you want to see has to be downloaded to the device, otherwise it looks blurry.
Here also you can see differences, especially when it comes to the world-famous BlackBerry security. The Private Chat option is only available in BBM: After several minutes pass with no messages sent, the conversation ends immediately. In addition, BBM users have the option of retracting a sent message, and Timed messages, which allows you to send a message that disappears after a few seconds (up to 20 seconds). In addition, you can choose to quote messages you have seen a very simple manner.
In BBM, it’s simple to share your location for a limited time through Glympse or transfer money using Paypal (only in support countries), both missing features in WhatsApp.
In app store
BBM offers in-app store to enrich your use, with various sticker packs at lower prices (and some even free) to upgrade your conversations, as well as special program: for example, for a symbolic monthly fee you can join a sticker club or security package. In WhatsApp this feature does not currently exist.
Beyond its high encryption, BBM allows BBM Protected that offers extra security right inside your normal conversation. Whatsapp offers just standard messaging, without any additional security.