When comparing Unison vs Riot, the Slant community recommends Riot for most people. In the question“What is the best team chat software?” Riot is ranked 6th while Unison is ranked 64th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Notifies via mentions
It's possible to @user or @all to alert a specific user or everyone in a room, respectively.
Pro Full end-to-end encryption
Pro Native apps for iOS and Android
In addition to being available on the web, Unison has native iOS and Android applications.
Pro Shows who has read each post
Pro Built-in support for video conferencing
Video calls are a single click away.
Pro Web and mobile (iOS, Android) versions available
Pro Supports text, voice, video
Integrates with Jitsi for multi-party video chats
Pro Uses Matrix, the open communications protocol
Pro Very good and simple interface
Riot has a very simple interface, adding the ability for more unexperienced PC-Users to use it.
Pro Widgets support
Want to watch that flick at YouTube and discuss it at the same time? Have Grafana graphs stacked above your DevOps team chat? Collaboratively edit Google Docs and chat over without switching applications? This is possible with Riot.
Pro Bridges to other networks
You're not confined within Riot's or even Matrix garden, and you don't have to make users of other networks switch to Matrix.
Con Lacks wehbooks & services integration
Con Still in active yet early development
There is clearly a User Experience issue esp. in web version which the developers are aware of and are working hard to improve. They've got the concept concrete, so UX won't be an issue in no time. Most often used parts are functional, but some are yet not.
The success of riot depends on how fast the development is, or it'll get outdated too quickly as developers of Signal and Telegram have predicted.