News Signal vs. Telegram: Which encrypted messaging app wins?

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Signal is just single feature version of Telegram. Telegram supports end-to-end encryption if you need it. Most people appreciate and are fine with the default, cloud based encrypted chats and all the associated advantages as automatic backups and syncing between devices and the ability to use Telegram on any device without having to be tethered to a phone. Additionally, Telegram has far more than just a "slight edge" in device support - it is basically universally supported. It has a real desktop client that works independently of a phone - and speaking of Linux, there is a download for all distributions - Signal only supports Debian.

Speaking of phones... with Signal you MUST use your phone number to communicate. Telegram, you can communicate with others using a handle - no one need ever know your phone number. Considering the importance that phone numbers have these days, that is a big issue.

The article also several times mentions contacts, as if it is some kind of sinister thing for a messaging application wanting to access your contacts. What it leaves out of course, is access to contacts is the first thing Signal asks when you install it. What will most people do? They'll simply click OK and move on.

Regarding the verdict... it really depends upon whether or not you want flexibility and functionality. Telegram simply does exactly everything Signal does, and more. If you feel for some reason you need to have your options limited, Signal is the application for you.
 
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Signal is just single feature version of Telegram. Telegram supports end-to-end encryption if you need it. Most people appreciate and are fine with the default, cloud based encrypted chats and all the associated advantages as automatic backups and syncing between devices and the ability to use Telegram on any device without having to be tethered to a phone. Additionally, Telegram has far more than just a "slight edge" in device support - it is basically universally supported. It has a real desktop client that works independently of a phone - and speaking of Linux, there is a download for all distributions - Signal only supports Debian.

Speaking of phones... with Signal you MUST use your phone number to communicate. Telegram, you can communicate with others using a handle - no one need ever know your phone number. Considering the importance that phone numbers have these days, that is a big issue.

The article also several times mentions contacts, as if it is some kind of sinister thing for a messaging application wanting to access your contacts. What it leaves out of course, is access to contacts is the first thing Signal asks when you install it. What will most people do? They'll simply click OK and move on.

Regarding the verdict... it really depends upon whether or not you want flexibility and functionality. Telegram simply does exactly everything Signal does, and more. If you feel for some reason you need to have your options limited, Signal is the application for you.
I totally agree with you. Further more the encryption used by Signal which according to this article is the same used by WhatsApp was chosen by the US government so it is more likely to have security flaws and backdoors.
 
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When sending media files, which app keeps the original; size, resolution, quality, etc.?
 
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When sending media files, which app keeps the original; size, resolution, quality, etc.?
I don't know of any messaging app that will keep the original size by default. I do know however that
whatever default compression used by Telegram is more than adequate to display on a phone or print out
on a printer. If you do want to send the original quality image, you simply send it as a file attachment. The
limit on file attachments in Telegram is 2Gb.
Telegram: https://telegram.org/blog/profile-videos-people-nearby-and-more

Signal, the limit on file attachments is 100Mb.

Telegram also has some additional editing capabilities and can group multiple photos into albums so the recipient
just gets 1 message with all the photos neatly displayed rather than multiple messages.
 
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Signal is not anonymous, it collects your data and sells it. I believe that the best alternative is the utopia ecosystem, which is decentralized and absolutely safe for communication

 
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