Telegram vs WhatsApp 2020: The better one?

Telegram vs WhatsApp 2020

India ranks second in the list of countries with the most smartphones penetration. India has around 375 million smartphone users as of now. After the lockdown which was imposed into the country from March 2020 one thing which has seen a phenomenal rise in the nation is the use of messaging platforms. Post lockdown there has been a spurt of online users using the messaging platforms like WhatsApp daily along with the increase in the traffic on these platforms. 

Telegram vs WhatsApp 2020

The real question out here is that in this era do we just want a messaging app or a complete organiser and multi productive useful app. Here I would try to brief up on the features of both of these platforms and by the end of it I think you would be able to take a call on your own about the better out of these two. 

WhatsApp 

User Base: WhatsApp has the largest user base out of all the messaging platforms available today. WhatsApp is currently home to 1.2 Billion users as compared to only 200 million users of Telegram.

Voice & Video calls: The most hitting feature of WhatsApp is the group video call option, one to one video and voice call option as well as group audio call option which you don’t get in Telegram.

End to End Encryption: Since the year 2016 WhatsApp has encrypted the chats between users end to end completely. The end to end encryption creates a unique security feature of your chats due to which the data remains completely into the hands of the users and remains non-penetrable by the hackers

Telegram

Unlimited Cloud Storage: Like WhatsApp uses Google cloud services for storing the chats on the cloud, has its own limitations as Google drive gives free cloud storage up to only 15Gb per account. Telegram on the other hand gives unlimited cloud storage for the media, messages, videos being uploaded to the Telegram cloud using the platform. 

Multiple Logins: Telegram has the feature which allows you to login your telegram account on multiple devices like mobile phones, laptop, iPad etc and the best part is that all the devices get notifications on each and every one of them.

File sharing limit: WhatsApp says, “the maximum file size allowed for all media (photos, videos or voice messages) to be sent or forwarded through WhatsApp is 16 MB on all platforms. On most phones, this will equal from about 90 seconds to 3 minutes of video. The maximum video duration will vary based on the quality of your phone’s video camera.” Whereas Telegram lets you share media of up to 1.5 GB which is simple multiple time of what WhatsApp lets you do. 

Media Compression: WhatsApp automatically compresses the media sent on its platform while messaging to increase the communication speed whereas Telegram gives a option of weather you want to compress the file or keep the original size which is again a very needed feature as it keeps the file quality intact even after sending across the users. 

Secret Chats: Secret chat is a kind of end to end encrypted chat in which one can set self-destruct timer. The messages will be automatically deleted when the timer hits. It is possibly not able to hack in any way.

Bots: The most unique feature of Telegram is the AI assistance bots which Telegram provides you. The bot in Telegram does various tasks for you like reminding you of events, scheduling the events, fetch images for you and various small tasks on its own. This practically reduces the time that you have to spend on the platform and increases the efficiency and is extremely time saving. 

Telegram vs WhatsApp 2020 Conclusion

So to conclude the blog if you ask me which one it has to be? Then my answer has to be that Telegram is the clear winner and a very efficient platform as compared to WhatsApp with more regular updates as well as ahead of time features which WhatsApp provides after a long time. 

Akshay Ugale

Akshay is an educator by profession, but that doesn't limit his scope. He chooses to wear a hat with many feathers, and technology is one of them. 21st century is full of tech surprises with crazy innovations, and he wishes to be a part of all this being in the driving seat and looking at it up close. He is curious to explore the smaller nuances in technology and to tell you how can you benefit from it. Ciao!

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