When comparing invi vs Discord, the Slant community recommends invi for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for Android?” invi is ranked 5th while Discord is ranked 11th. The most important reason people chose invi is:
The apps design has a level of care and detail put into it that is rare on Android apps. The home screen is not only beautiful, but shows useful information such as the last message sent, and the status of the person. The messaging interface itself is very clean and useful. As well as the conversation history it tells you if the recipient has read your last message, is currently reading the conversation or is replying. This makes conversations in invi very fluid as you always know the status of the recipient.
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Pro Beautiful Interface
The apps design has a level of care and detail put into it that is rare on Android apps. The home screen is not only beautiful, but shows useful information such as the last message sent, and the status of the person.
The messaging interface itself is very clean and useful. As well as the conversation history it tells you if the recipient has read your last message, is currently reading the conversation or is replying. This makes conversations in invi very fluid as you always know the status of the recipient.
Pro Automatically switches between SMS and IM
invi automatically detects if you're talking to someone who's on invi, and switches between SMS and IM automatically to accommodate. That way, you get fully-featured chats when you're talking to someone who has invi, but you also get a beautiful, seamless experience when simply sending SMS messages.
Pro Makes it easy and fun to share stuff
invi makes sharing easy and fun - great to enrich conversations with stuff like YouTube clips, photos, games, web articles etc.
Pro Uses phone numbers for contacts
Invi uses your contacts phone numbers, not a app specific username or email address. This has pros and cons. On the upside it's very simple to get started as it automatically adds all your contacts who have invi installed, and if you text someone who doesn't have invi it will simply go to their normal inbox. This makes it very easy to integrate invi into your existing workflow.
On the downside you cannot chat to someone if you don't have their number (gchat friends for example).
Pro Share and consume rich media without leaving the app
The killer feature of invi is the ability to consume media in the app. For example if someone sends you a link to a Youtube video invi automatically turns it into a playable widget.
Not only can you view the media in the app, but you can also discuss the videos, photos etc while they are playing.
Pro Certain apps can be used in split screen
A collection of apps can be used in split screen view with the messenger. These are apps designed or ported specifically for invi. Some of the apps included allow browsing sites like reddit, 9gag, buzzfeed or playing games like 2048 while using the app.
Pro Can be used in browser
Users can invite others to join a Discord channel via a web link, which means no installation is required to use the software - which is one of the big typical barriers to entry for social software.
Pro Accessible to anyone
Discord is partially free. This can be either good or bad for those that don't have the extra $4.99/mo and need a higher upload cap.
Pro Easily communicate away from PC
Discord has a fully-featured mobile client with push notification support for Android and iOS, which makes it very easy to check in on the app and communicate while out and about.
Pro Easy setup
You can quickly send invites to people and they can join in using the web client without having to create an account or install the app.
Pro Simple & Appealing UI
The interface is very easy to follow - you have three sections. On the left are the channels for your server, which you can quickly and easily switch between. The large section in the middle is the main chat area, where each message has the person's username, avatar (or image), and timestamp. On the right is a list of all the people in the chat, where it also ways what games each person is playing (if applicable and set up by the user).
Pro User friendly
Discord follows the same type of interface design popularised by Slack, which is extremely clean and attractive, and doesn't clutter the interface with unnecessary chrome and cruft.
Pro Good 1-click invite system
Discord allows inviting people to a specific channel with a link. Links can be set to expire.
Pro Excellent voice quality
Discord uses the Opus codec, specifically developed for low latency VoIP chat.
Pro Bots integration
You can use bots to control your server like welcome message, banned words, when your Twitch account goes online and many others.
Pro Most of the features included in a free version
Pro User feedback
Users can subumit suggestions for the software.
Pro Low network consuption
Pro In-game overlay
See who's talking, adjust voice controls; all without leaving the game.
Pro High adoption rate
Vast and growing ecosystem of users.
Pro Resource light
The desktop client isn't very demanding on system resources(like RAM), making it lightweight and ideal to have running alongside any game.
Pro Free, unlimited servers
Pro Can be very simple, but also very complex
If you're just looking to chat with friends, then it's super easy and simple to use, but if you want to run a server with 500 people, then that can be a little more time consuming(while still easy to learn).
Pro DDoS user protection
Discord doesn't expose user's IP addresses to other users or community owners/admins, meaning they can't be harvested to be DDoSed
Con Registration difficult for those without a phone #
For those that do not want to share their phone number or just do not have one to share, registration for invi can not be done. This means the app cannot be registered on a tablet or media device (like an iPOD touch) unless there is a number to give, of which neither of those devices when used by themselves have.
Con No group chat
Con Early in development
This app still has some rough edges and missing features (like group chat).
Con Android only
The many features cannot be used with people who aren't on Android, and you cannot login from the web.
Con No positional audio
Positional audio means that different players/users sound like coming from different positions, sometimes even related to their actual position in the game. This helps especially for voice chats with more than 2 people.
Con Servers only in select regions
Servers are currently only available in the US, UK, Germany, Singapore, Brazil, Netherlands, and Australia. This can mean poor latency for users located elsewhere.
Con No dedicated servers
You are sharing server bandwidth with every other discord user. Meaning if you are using discord and need voice coms for say example your guild is raiding something, and every other discord user on the planet decides to log on YOUR guilds raid is going to suffer because you don't have dedicated bandwith discords overall performance will suffer immensely.
Con Push-to-talk only works in Desktop Client
If you favor using Discord in browser, push-to-talk is not available. Push-to-talk is great because it prevents accidental sounds that can be distracting to other chatters.
Con No plugin system
Discord does not have a plugin system. For people who want to adjust a software to all their needs, something like TeamSpeak should be more up their alley.
Con Browser voice chat is buggy
Bugs such as not being able to hear the other person (or them you).
Con Permission system is very basic
There is such a thing as being too basic. They claim it's easy to manage permissions, but many people find it to be very vague and elementary. No community or server owner could be flexible in this system.
Con Connection issues are severe
Many people have serious connection issues with Discord at one time or another, which occasionally requires a complete system reset or software reinstallation.
Con The area displaying the channel tree is too small and makes it hard to see where people are and who's talking
Con No sub-channels or spacers
Discord does not provide sub-channels or spacers which makes it hard to organize the structure of your channels.
Con It sometimes drops voice and sound
A restart is required to fix.
Con Voice delay
Once you speak into your mic, there is a short delay and then you and your friends hear your voice again.
Con Limited file transfers
With the free version of Discord, you can only upload files up to 8 MBytes. Getting Discord Nitro for $4.99 a month allows you to share files up to 50 MBytes.
Con The voice chat service has lots of issues
It breaks up and drops data packets to the point of being useless in most cases.
Con Desktop apps have limited resizing options
The app could be more compact.
Con Focused on streamers and not communities
Discord focuses on streamers and not the communities, many implementations over the last year have been geared towards streamers and future updates they promise continue to be geared towards streamers.
Con Cannot be used out of app
Con Heavy on internet bandwidth, memory and processor
Utilize too many processes and does consume network bandwidth
Con Financial scam
The owner and CEO of Discord Jason Citron has secured nearly 20 million in investment funds for Discord. Discord is something that is free it is not a money making machine. Currently the only way Discord is staying afloat is by continually securing new investor funds. Jason Citrons track record shows a pattern of starting a business attracting large investors then walking away with the company bankrupt or sold and his pockets filled. 20 million dollars would have produced a product light-years better than discord, something fishy is going on.