There's no escaping Snapchat. Not only is it the dominant force among free photo-sharing apps at the moment, it's also increasingly become the app of choice for text messaging among teens and young adults. After all, why use a separate app for messaging when you can do it from the same one you use to share images and videos too?
That said, there is life beyond Snapchat. A number of free iPhone and iPad apps are out there that allow users to easily communicate with friends and loved ones without necessarily needing to download the current industry leader. Let's take a look at five of them that are currently popular on the App Store charts.