Last night, I updated my BBM status with the following: “BBM misbehaves so often these days that I might just ditch it for WhatsApp.” In a few minutes, I had a number of responses from a handful of BBM Contacts of mine. I will not bore you with all of them, but I reproduce below the most interesting of them.
Shina is an old mobilista who has always been a WhatsApp fan and has never hidden his preference for that over BBM, so this was a good opportunity to rub it in. He did it gallantly with a quick response that said, “LOL. You are seeing the reality gradually. They are not mates in any way”.
I didn’t expect anything different from him, so all well and good.
Up next was Ronke, a working class lady. I have no idea of her preference between the two chat apps. Her response suggests that she uses a BlackBerry device: “Whatsapp will shock you. I don’t know if it’s just a Blackberry thing though”.
Me: “Ehen? WhatsApp misbehaves too?”
Ronke: “Yes o”.
There. I had no idea. As far as I have been concerned, WhatsApp works fine, an impression that I may have developed because I use it casually and not as intensive as I use BBM – and as such do not get to experience its failings.
Next, Ijeoma chipped in. “Mine hasn’t misbehaved,” she responded. “How is yours misbehaving?”
Me: “Messages took three hours to deliver or come in. Yet everything else on the phone was working – email, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc”.
Ijeoma: “Interesting. I’ve never had that problem”.
What a kaleidoscope of perspectives. Apparently, there is a range of opinions on how well either app performs from day to day. What have been your personal experiences with WhatsApp and BBM? Which is the more comprehensive app? Which is the more reliable? Which is more problematic for you?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.