Whatsapp vs Hike – Is Hike Messenger Better than Whatsapp?
A few years ago, SMS messages were very popular. But then came the era of smartphones and traditional SMS texts were replaced by (almost) free online messengers. Whatsapp messenger emerged as a global leader in this field and stood at the top position without any competition until the last one or two years when a large user base adapted to, if not shifted completely, to the various alternative messengers like the Japanese LINE, Chinese WeChat, Viber, Skype etc. While facing stiff competition from these messengers, the desi Hike messenger has really taken Whatsapp by storm, at least in India. This has started the battle – Whatsapp vs HikeAlso See : Free Recharge Tricks for You Mobile
Whatsapp vs Hike | Reasons to stay on Whatsapp
I personally still prefer Whatsapp over Hike (or any other messenger app for that matter) for the following reasons:
- Whatsapp has been around for a long time
- Almost everyone with a smartphone uses Whatsapp. You are more likely to find your friends on Whatsapp than any other messenger app.
- Its Add free (most messengers are),
But that’s just one side to it, Here is a list of some really good reasons why Hike Messenger is better than Whatsapp
Whatsapp vs Hike| Reasons to go Hike !!!
1. Allowable Media Size and Media Quality
Hike allows a maximum of 100MB of size per file against a mere 16MB on Whatsapp. However, it may be agreed that 16MB is more than enough for images and audio files, but the video files are easily greater than 16MB creating a problem for the users.
Also, Whatsapp has the option of trimming and compressing the videos which degrade the original quality. Also, quality of the transferred images is altered too.
2. Document Support
Whatsapp does not support document formats.
Hike supports document formats like .ppt, .docx, .pdf etc. One advantage that users have here is that they can transfer document files of upto 100MB while most email clients only provide with 25MB limit
3. Referral Rewards
Hike made its user base of 20 million by luring users into downloading the app and rewarding them with talktime recharges. Hike pays Rs. 20 for each successful referral and Rs. 15 to the new user who signs up. The user can redeem the money as a talktime for his phone after the minimum earning of Rs. 50. If you are on postpaid plan then after the hike reward redemption, your next bill amount will get reduced by the amount you redeemed.
4. Custom Chat Themes for Conversations
Whatsapp allows you to change the background wallpaper, but Hike offers even more. Hike lets you have customised themes for each conversation that is visible to both the end users.
5. Stickers and Emoticons
While Whatsapp started the emoticon revolution using the Emoji icons, it has remained the more or less the same for years now.
Though not an original idea, Hike supports many exciting stickers that just add the spice to the conversations 😛 These stickers are regularly updated every 2-3 months
6.Free Messages to Non-Hike Users
Even if your friends are not on Hike, you can send them free SMS messages using Hike. Each Hike user is given 100 free SMS each month. Hike also gives 50 bonus SMS for every successful invitation along with Rs.20. These SMS messages can be sent only in India.
7. FREE Lifetime validity
Hike is an ad-free messenger which does not charge anything for its services ever.
Whatsapp is free for the first year, then its 0.99$ or Rs 55 a year
Whatsapp fetches all contacts from the phonebook and matches them with the Whatsapp users and then automatically add all the contacts to the Whatsapp contact list.
Hike users have to send and accept friend requests to ensure privacy. Each Hike user can choose to show or hide his last seen to his friend.
Update: Now, Whatsapp also lets you hide ‘last seen’.
9.Hike is more secure to Eavesdropping
Whatsapp messages are saved on the SD card of the device. These chat logs are encrypted, but extracting conversations from them is easy. In fact, the internet is loaded with tutorials for the same 😛
Hike messenger has an option of 128 bit SSL encryption inside settings->privacy. This means chats are safe with Hike even on a public Wi-Fi. Encryption inside settings->privacy.
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Whatsapp vs Hike | The Winner
While Hike messenger has evolved into a serious and meaningful alternative to Whatsapp in India, there is no clear winner as Hike with all its advanced and exciting features is mostly restricted to India unlike Whatsapp which is the undisputed global leader of instant messengers.
So which one do you prefer in the battle Hike vs Whatsapp! Tell us in the comments section below