Sunday, September 20, 2015

Choose a messenger for android-devices: voice and video calls – imo, Tango, WeChat, Mail.Ru Agent and Hangouts –





This review will be the final in a series of materials on testing of voice and video capabilities messenger for Android. We have previously reviewed the multimedia options Messenger Facebook, ICQ, Line , Skype, Viber and WhatsApp , and according to preliminary results of the leaders had escaped Messenger Facebook and Skype, as the most universal solutions with high-quality communications.

In principle, and other subjects proved to be good, but limited prevented Viber rates and not the best quality of communication and WhatsApp – the inability to make calls to regular phones.

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In our list of pending applications that allow you to use voice and video, there were only imo, Tango, WeChat, Mail.Ru Agent and Hangouts. With their advantages and disadvantages, we will understand, and in this article.

As the test equipment used tablet DEXP Ursus 8EV2 3G (Android 4.4.2, CPU MT8382, 4 x 1300 MHz, 1GB RAM).



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Imo distinguished himself as a мессенджер “For their» in terms of text messaging, where a simple interface and a minimum of functionality would not allow him to catch up with the top solutions. Now it’s time to check his voice, and video capabilities.

It should be noted that the application, as well as Line, allows calls only to imo, and nowhere else. Well, the same offers and WhatsApp, it remains only to check.



Let’s start with a simple voice call. Besides the fact that we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of communication, during a call, you can write a message to the subscriber or turn on the speakerphone, which, of course, no-nonsense, but not bad. And while no locked up “ikov” and white noise.

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As for the video call, then everything is fine. As in the case of a voice call, the connection was instantaneous, no sound problems were observed, breaks occurred.

By the way, in addition to broadcast messages, you can select the rear camera and quickly switch to the front.

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Now the resource. At maximum load, that is, with video calls, memory consumption was 73.2 MB at 4 percent constant load. In principle, such a result is impressive, as the same Skype was much voracious.

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True, and the bug was spotted. If during a video call application is minimized to the system tray, then out from the quick menu, it will not return back and you have to Tapan icon. But traffic consumption was about 4 MB for 20 seconds. Interestingly, the incoming and outgoing figure almost equal volumes.

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Imo showed himself as quite tolerable tool for voice and video calls. The quality of communication at a level no bugs, except for the above.

The program of this type is ideal for socializing in its terms and in the mobile Internet as resource consumption is minimal. It is not enough only one – popularity.

Quality intercom

The quality of the internal video

The quality of calls to landline and mobile phones

Consumption of traffic (video / voice call general)
4 MB in 20 seconds

The load on system
4% / 73 MB

Minimum rates in Russia (landline / mobile + fixed)

The stability of the connection (open, hovering and so on)


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Tango – is прекрасная opportunity to find friends around the world and next, according to the geo. At the same time you get another world social network, microblogging full and decent load on the system. Moreover, there are smart music service, which was responsible for the load on the processor and memory.

However, the program has turned bearable, supports SMS-chat and corresponding widget on the desktop. It remains to verify its voice and video calls.

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The quality of a voice call excellent. Interlocutor is heard clearly, background noise, as well as the “voice of the tunnel,” no. In the process of a call you can play mini-games, animated smiley send the whole screen, and in the case of the video call also apply filters such as sepia or monochrome.

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Since we are talking about video calls, even here at all. The connection is instantly locked up was not observed, the sound is also no problems.

Filters and imposition, by the way, are only on your device, that is, for example, sepia sees only your interlocutor.

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With regard to the consumption of resources, then all seriously. Memory consumption totaled 158.7 MB that can be attributed to the decorations, but the processor is not swayed one iota, resting in the gallery.

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The total consumption of traffic for 20 seconds was impressive 20MB that a robbery for a mobile device, of course, if your tariff plan does not exist NL.

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Tango – is” Majeure “application for those who do not care about any traffic or load on the system. The rest of us to a kind of glamorous design of appropriate quality. And it is a direct competitor Agent Mail.Ru, the advantages and disadvantages of which have yet to be assessed.

Quality intercom

The quality of the internal video

The quality of calls to landline and mobile phones

Consumption of traffic (video / voice call general)
20 MB in 20 seconds

The load on system
0% / 160 MB

Minimum rates in Russia (landline / mobile + fixed)

The stability of the connection (open, hovering and so on)

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