I never understood why anyone would
ever talk about what the best text
messaging app is. A text messaging app is a
text messaging app is a text
messaging app. You choose
your recipient, speak or type your
message, and hit send. Done.
And like most people, I felt that
the text messaging app that came with my phone
was good enough to get the job done.
And it does.
Then my daughter sent me a request
to download WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a text messaging app for
Android, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows
Phone and the other ones which no
one actually owns.
has all of the standard features of
every text messaging app but is also
loaded with extras. There are
hundreds of little icons to
embellish your message. So sometimes
you don't even need words. Just send
an image of the woman getting her
nails done or getting a haircut and
you're done. Silly? Sure, but really
a lot of fun and can make for some
In addition to texting and sending
little images, you can also attach
images or pics, take photos, add
video or audio, even share your
location. The latest update also
includes voice messaging. Just hold
down the little microphone, speak,
let go and it automatically sends
your voice message.
The first time I tried it I thought
that it was just going to convert my
words to text so I spoke really
slowly and included verbal
punctuation. Then it sent the actual
audio. Oops. I sounded like Karl
from the movie "Slingblade." "I like
the way you talk. Mmmmm hmmmmm."
So, I was going to give this app
4,994 stars out of 5,000 (hey, I can
rate 'em however I want), but when
visiting the WhatsApp page on Google
Play I discovered that it is only
free for the first year. Then they
want 99 cents per year.
WhatsApp wit dat?