Poke Vs Snapchat- Which is Better?

Snapchat and Poke, the new service competition. I’ve been using Snapchat for over a half a year now (our original review here), so when Facebook released Poke, a similar service, I wasn’t sure it was even worth trying to get into, but what I’ve discovered may have changed my mind. Here’s the truth on which is better from a user of both.

Both Poke and Snapshat are (normally) very whimsical applications. The difference is that while hundreds of people I know are on Snapchat, only 14 of my friends are currently on Poke. This is certainly an issue to consider, but in reality 99% of my friends are on facebook and that’s the only thing required to use Poke.

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While Snapchat has the user base advantage now, facebook has 1 billion+ active users that can be brought into the system with one click. That’s one thing to facebook’s credit- It’s incredibly easy to start, and to get into it. Unlike a new service, it’s literally one click away. So for now, let’s leave market share out of this and put the two products toe to toe on features. Here’s a chart we made to compare the two, and our conclusions are at the end.

Category Snapchat Both Poke Winner
Features:   Photo, Video Pokes, Text-based messaging Poke
Time Controls: Time Range ANYWHERE from 1-10 seconds- more choice in Time   Time viewable choices of 1 sec, 3 sec, 5 sec, and 10 sec, Snapchat
Photo Customization: Unlimited Color Choices on Color Range Drawing and Captions Six Color Choices Snapchat
Stability: Occasionally Crashes   Very Stable So Far Poke
Max Video Length:   10 Seconds   Tie
Other Features: Video-Drawing   Location info Snapchat


Snapchat currently edges Poke out on features by just a tiny bit, and they currently have a far larger user based to interact with, although that could change rapidly. For now, Snapchat is superior, but it’s a very close race which we’ll have to look back at in a few months. Which do you prefer?

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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