Is it wrong of me to say that I want to use Hangouts more than Skype now?
I said the other day that I've been having lots of problems with Skype, to the point of which it has become unusable for me. It went through an update last night and I haven't notice any issues yet, but I'm still very skeptical.
Don't misunderstand me: I'm not completely quitting Skype. I understand that Skype is a lot of people's main way to communicate, but I just can't bring myself to use Skype when it still has these issues where I can't communicate.
But, is it bad or wrong to say that even though I don't want to leave Skype, I just want to use something that, in about three days time, I find significantly better?
I updated the journal later that evening saying that I found Hangouts to be the best of the three chat services I tested out during that day. It's available on essentially any browser, there are apps available for it for mobile which run circles around Skype...
What I mean by this is the performance at which Hangouts runs on my devices, and what it does. I
probably stated previously that I use Skype every day, on any device I own. This could be between my iPhone, iPad, or my Mac or laptop. All of them vary in performance, with my iPhone and laptop being the worst, laptop more. I do also own an iPod touch, which is installed with the latest version of Skype and iOS, and Skype cannot work on the iPod touch. It can notify me of new messages, but trying to load up the app itself, there are too much resources being used by Skype so that I can't connect and be online. Hangouts, though, does work on the iPod touch, flawlessly. And I'm so happy to say that because if the iPod touch can easily handle Hangouts, than everything else can too, no problem.
Another thing I loved about Hangouts is the ability to see incoming messages in full. For me, I bring my iPhone everywhere with me, and I do wear an Apple Watch. When a conversation is happening in the background, I like to use the notifications that pop up on my iPhone screen to check the message and reply on the spot, or go back to what it is I'm doing. The same applies for the Apple Watch, because when it's paired to an iPhone, any notifications that are meant to appear on-screen get pushed to the Watch, and I can see it. This is particularly nice when I'm at work, because I can keep up with a conversation that's going on without having to whip out my phone to check or having to reply. This is what makes Hangouts so great too: although Hangouts doesn't have an Apple Watch extension, I can still view the entire message, and send a quick reply from my Watch, either by using my voice to dictate a message, send a quick response, or using an emoji. Skype, on the other hand, doesn't let me view the entire incoming message, only the very beginning of it. Replying to it on the spot is also an issue, because sometimes the message sends, and sometimes it doesn't. Even using Skype's Apple Watch extension doesn't work.
Again, I'm not getting rid of Skype, I've used it for too long and have plenty of people on there that I just can't tell everyone to go somewhere else, and Skype is still open on almost everything I own for those who are still using it. But Hangouts, to me, for my most important contacts, is the much better option. If you chat to someone all the time, Hangouts is a wonderful second choice over Skype. You get text chatting, you get voice calls and video calls, and as long as you have a web browser and a Google account, you're good to go.
Once again, if you still really want to keep in touch with me, I will use Hangouts too. Send me a Note if you'd like my Google account information.</s>
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