Incredibly easy setup; Easy-to-use interface; Free call feature; Can group chat with up to 250 people
Can't choose favorite contacts; Doesn't support chat for non-Facebook friends
Facebook Messenger lets you send free messages with a handy new Chat Heads feature, as well as make calls and send photos to your Facebook friends.
Chat with friends frequently on Facebook? Facebook Messenger isolates that feature and eliminates all the other clutter. The app, touting almost 200 million Android users and almost 150 million iPhone users as of January, lets you chat quickly and easily -- with up to 250 of your friends at once. Plus, it incorporates Facebook's new Chat Heads feature. An easy-to-use app, is Facebook Messenger just as addictive as its parent?
To get started with Facebook Messenger, simply enter your email or phone number and Facebook password. Although this may be obvious, you have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger.
Facebook Messenger is available for Android, iOS and BlackBerry.
InterfaceWhatsApp and Viber. However, a search bar lets you type someone's name or phone number to quickly access a contact.
In Settings, you can adjust notifications, sound, vibrate and Chat Heads.
The Chat Heads feature links to Facebook Messenger and alerts you via your home screen when you have a new message. A bubble with the sender's face pops up, and you can access the chat by tapping the face. If you have messages from multiple contacts, the most recent person stays on top. We wish you could separate the bubbles to view the chats separately, instead of having to go through the most recent chat to access other chats. That's a complaint for Chat Heads, though, and not this particular app.
Facebook Messenger has a Record Voice feature, which lets you record audio and then send it, similar to the Walkie Talkie feature in TextPlus. However, we wish there was a video call function, like in Google Hangouts.
Facebook users can call active friends without incurring carrier charges, as well as group chat with up to 250 people at once (which blows Viber's 40 and WhatsApp's 30 group participants out of the water), and see who within that group has seen your message.
|Platforms||Windows Phone 8|