When comparing Messenger vs Wire, the Slant community recommends Wire for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for Android?” Wire is ranked 9th while Messenger is ranked 10th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Uses Facebook friends to create a contacts list
Allows communicating with anyone who's a friend on Facebook.
Pro Easy to share posts from Facebook
Integration with Facebook makes it easy to share any interesting posts from the Facebook timeline.
Pro Read receipts
Can see who has seen each message in group messages.
Pro Great UI
User interface of the application is clean, intuitive and easy to overview.
Pro Libre/open source
Pro End-to-end encryption
Pro Clean, modern interface
Pro Swiss legislation
Registered in Switzerland.
Pro Completely free for private use
Check out their pricing. It cannot be cheaper for secure private communication.
Pro Intuitive user interface
Wire's user interface is quite intuitive to use, still it has everything required for a complete experience. Settings are very clean and allows you to turn on/off some features which might be disturbing for some, like link previews and emoji conversion.
Con Lack of privacy
Con Lack of end-to-end encryption
Secret (end-to-end encrypted) chats are only supported in one-to-one messages, and are not enabled by default, and the encryption has not been verified independently.
Con No video messages
Currently there is no way to send video messages using Messenger.