When comparing invi vs Disa, the Slant community recommends invi for most people. In the question“What are the best messaging apps for Android?” invi is ranked 5th while Disa is ranked 9th. 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 Open source plugin API
Everyone can develop their own plugins.
Pro Easy to use
Disa is very easy to use and has an open source api, so many new services will be added soon.
Pro Unified conversations
Ability to merge conversations from the same contact on different services.
Pro Friendly developers and generally good G+ community
Fast, decent replies to questions, even if they've been asked before.
Pro Does what it's supposed to do, without Bloatware
Pro Customizable notifications
Ability to set different notification sound/vibration/led based on the plugin,
Pro Many requested features
The developer team does actually listen to the community and adds requested features.
Pro Disa takes privacy much more serious
Currently, the Disa team knows less about you than the website you're currently visiting.
Pro Pushbullet support
Disa works great with pushbullet, allowing you to answer from your pc
Pro Many languages
Help and support in many languages.
Pro Great Material Design
with color-changing design with custom colors for each service.
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 Disa doesen't follows the Google Design Guidelines
Hamburger Menu/Navigation Drawer (Side Menu):
Maybe a Launch screen?:
Con Smaller development team leading somewhat slow implementation of requested features
Though the main development (framework etc) is moving along fine things like quickreply and sending multiple images at once should've been in quicker.
Con Does't integrate with WhatsApp
That is not true anymore, as whatsapp is supported easily
Con Closed source
Disa is closed source, so the development speed is capped of their team, no external developer can help or add features that are not on the route of the team.