When comparing WeChat vs Textra, the Slant community recommends Textra for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for Android?” Textra is ranked 4th while WeChat is ranked 36th. The most important reason people chose Textra is:
Clean, minimalist design.
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Pro Friends can be added by scanning a QR code
WeChat generates a QR code for each user that other can be scanned to add them as a friend.
Pro Easy to send voice messages
Users can record a voice message from within the app to then send it to a recipient, who can then play the message from within the app. It is all self contained.
Pro Large collection of animated stamps
Pro Can be used as a Walkie Talkie
WeChat has push-to-talk functionality that can be used both one-on-one and in groups.
Pro Flexible creation of chat groups
Pro Easy navigation to send up to 9 photos at once
Pro Moments social network is seamlessly incorporated
Pro Can be used to exchange random messages with users anonymously
WeChat includes a Drift Bottle features that's a lot like a message-in-a-bottle. Users can send and discover anonymous text and voice messages to and from random WeChat users.
Pro Filters for photos
WeChat includes a collections of filters that can be applied to photos to change how they look.
Pro Enables meeting new people
WeChat has a feature that pairs random people for a conversation. It is activated by shaking the phone (requires location sharing to be enabled) and will present a list of people who are doing the same and how far away from you they are.
Another feature for meeting new people is the Friend Radar that will display people in your vicinity that can then be added to your contacts list.
Pro Sleek design
Clean, minimalist design.
Pro Allows responding to SMS without opening the app
When a new sms is received, a window will pop up that has the message and allows answering it from there, without having to open the app.
Pro Can schedule messages
SMS & MMS can be set to go out at certain times.
Can change colors of apps UI and customize for specific conversations.
Pro Works with Pushbullet for SMS replies
Con Notifications get muted after inactivity
New message notifications stop getting pushed if the application isn't opened for some extended period of time (seems to be around a week or so)
Con WeChat complies with China's requirements to hand over data
Con Conversations and chat groups aren't ported to new devices
Messages are stored on each device, so shifting to a new device means losing all the previous conversations, as well as an inability to post in previous chat groups until someone else posts there and you're alerted of a new message.
Con User base outside of China is comparatively small
While WeChat has over 400 million users the majority of them are in China. Adoption in other markets has been slow.
Con Only SMS / MMS
Lacks data messaging.