ChatGPT is the second fastest-growing application in history accumulating one million users 5 days from launch and more than 100 million monthly users within the first 2 months.1,2
This popularity stems from an unparalleled conversational experience, widespread accessibility, and an extensive reservoir of information.
Since then a wide range of third-party ChatGPT-powered or similar apps have entered the market. Each with its own unique features.
ChatGPT is a chatbot that uses conversational artificial intelligence (AI) to process interactions and generate human-like conversations. ChatGPT, the app, is built on the Generative Pre-trained Transformer technology (GPT), developed by OpenAI. It uses cutting edge AI technology such as Machine Learning (ML), Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Predictive Learning (PL) to understand context and generate more coherent responses.3,4
The development of ChatGPT is part of OpenAI's ongoing effort to advance artificial intelligence capabilities and make it accessible for various applications. This has led to the creation of several third-party chat applications and integrations powered by ChatGPT.
Before we get to the best ChatGPT apps, it's important to understand that these applications don't all serve the same purpose; each has a wide range of features and specialties. Some of the most common chatbot apps fall into the following categories:
Chatbot technology is fairly new and though constant improvements are being made, they do have certain limitations. For instance:
User reviews can either make or break an app. Therefore, we examined these applications based on user feedback and personally tested them. Here we bring you comprehensive insights, so you can choose the best chatbot for your needs.
ChatGPT, where it all started, was created using a large set of information gathered from the internet, including Wikis, news articles, and research papers.5 It has become the nomenclature for the technology and receives monthly organic traffic of more than 173.9M.
Interesting statistics about ChatGPT:
Technology experts such as Bill Gates, Andrew Ng, Aaron Levie, and many more are excited and hopeful about ChatGPT’s potential to transform lives. From providing learning opportunities to revolutionizing communication, expectations run high.
‘The most stunning demo I’ve ever seen in my life,’ says Bill Gates during a demo of ChatGPT acing an AP Bio exam. ‘I’m still, personally, in a state of shock at Wow, it is so good,’6
According to a US survey, most ChatGPT users are between 18 and 29 years old, followed by those who are 30 to 49 years old.7
Young adults (those under 30) use ChatGPT more for learning or fun than older adults. People with lower education levels (high school or less) are less likely to use it for fun, learning, or work. The use of ChatGPT for learning, work, and entertainment is 13% for high-schoolers, 21% for college graduates, 19% for those with bachelor degrees, and 26% for postgraduates.
1. It’s been voted the easiest to use because of its user-friendly interface and impressive features.
2. Great for learning and research. Multiple users reported using it for brainstorming, idea generation, and understanding new concepts.
‘Easy to use—saves a ton of time—excellent for idea generation,’ John T. 8
3. Understands and communicates instant responses clearly. The majority of users say that the app produces quick responses adeptly.
‘ChatGPT is a fascinating technology that has the potential to transform the way we communicate with machines.’ Andrew Ng, Founder of DeepLearning.ai
4. ChatGPT comes with amazing additional features designed for users with visual impairments.
5. ChatGPT-4 advanced capabilities enable it to go online and fetch the latest information with the help of a web browser plugin.9
6. Additional mind-blowing features are available with GPT-4 technology.
7. Users think it's a great writing task tool compared to other options which makes it highly suitable for writing essays for school and college assignments, business reports and other writing tasks.
8. Generates precise responses in accordance with your chat history.
9. Offers unlimited questions.
It’s considered an amazing tool for business assistance. Which is especially helpful for one-man departments or small business owners.
Colin Pearson, former UK Business Development Manager at StudySmarter, says:
‘It‘s important to catch people’s attention while ensuring all the relevant details are covered. I can ask ChatGPT to write an email with a call to action,’ Pearson says. ‘At first, the results were sketchy, but now that our company uses it more, it has learned more about us, and the results are more relevant. Still, I always rewrite content in my own voice and really use it for ideas and templates rather than the finished article, but it helps form ideas, and it is really good at formatting text.’10
Similarly, V Igor, A small business owner claims, ‘ChatGPT excels at generating diverse and relevant content, which is incredibly valuable for brainstorming and ideation sessions. It helps me explore various angles and ideas that I can use to shape my products. ChatGPT's rapid responses aid in solving challenges and making decisions. I can present scenarios and questions to the model, gaining insights that contribute to informed choices.’11
Since ChatGPT is great for writing, content creators and editors often use it to finetune their work.
GPT-3 technology is free to use, but an upgrade to ChatGPT-4 is available for US$20 per month.
Here is a graphic comparison of ChatGPT-3.5 and ChatGPT-4 features:
Bard was released in May 2023 as a direct response to the rise of OpenAI's ChatGPT. When comparing the 2, it’s important to remember that Bard is a Google product. ChatGPT may have more than 100 million users but Google holds more than 80% of the market share for search queries with a billion daily users. So, Bard has a ton of potential when it comes to reach and the amount of real-time feedback it can provide.12
Bard Chat AI is trained on an Infiniset, a data set including Common Crawl, Wikipedia, documents, conversations and dialogues from the web. Similar yet different to ChatGPT technology, and a great ChatGPT alternative. The advantage with Bard is that it can fetch fresh data from the internet.
According to DemandSage, Bard has more than 140.6 million monthly visitors. Google has predicted that the number of Bard users will pass 1 billion by the end of 2023. Bard serves various purposes, such as research, creativity, productivity, and entertainment.13
With 1.5K ratings on the Apple store, a growing user base, and our own testing, it’s safe to say that Bard is an amazing chatbot tool. To learn more, let's look at the pros and cons of Bard.
‘Google Bard is one of the strongest AI platforms which is capable of giving some real-time text-based information just in seconds. I do most of my business research work through Google Bard only. The best thing about Bard is that it gives exact information in the format that you want it to give. You ask anything, it searches the whole internet, refines the data, and then brings you the desired results according to your need.’ G Abhishek, Sales Executive.14
‘It can't be widely used for coding as ChatGPT can be because it mainly focuses on updated information, not for coding purposes.’15
Similar to ChatGPT, people are using Bard to help with work and simplify their lives.
S Manmeet who works in brand management says, ‘Bard is very useful for me in marketing, I have to do research on my clients and their competition to make a report. Earlier I used to just Google everything and go one by one but now with Bard, I get all the info in just 1 page in minutes to make a report and decision.’16
Similarly, Hospital Manager J Apeksha says she loves the tools to assist her with work. She says,‘Google Bard is a great application. I have always been using this application since I came to know about it. Since I am the hospital manager I always need to check with the employees and doctors. There are numerous reminder notices, and emails are being forwarded internally from one department to another department. Earlier it took a lot of time to draft those things but now with the help of Google Bard, everything can be done within a few minutes. It has great drafting ability.’17
It’s also particularly helpful because of its integration with other Google products.
‘I like how I can easily have it present in my Gmail compose section and the ability to integrate it with the Google Workspace apps that I use,’ N Siddhesh a small business owner.18
Bing Chat is a large language model chat AI developed by Microsoft, trained on a massive dataset of text and code. Microsoft released Bing Chat in February 2023 and it is integrated into the Bing Browser.19 This ensures a natural flow of traffic through Bing’s search engine. Though no website or app is solely dedicated to it, Bing Chat can be found in the main navigation menu.
Microsoft is constantly adding new features to Bing Chat and sharing those updates on their blog. On August 25, the company expanded Bing Chat to Google Chrome, allowing chatbot users to use it beyond the Edge browser or the Bing mobile app. Bing Chat accepts text and image inputs, which gives it a competitive advantage over ChatGPT.
Just a few weeks after its release, Microsoft's Bing search engine surpassed 100 million daily active users.20 Now Microsoft is rebranding Bing Chat as Microsoft Copilot in a direct challenge to ChatGPT. Microsoft Copilot, powered by the Prometheus model, offers a more comprehensive and informative search experience and is available in preview now at Bing.com.19
Here's what we learned about Bing Chat’s conversation experience from its users and reviews.
‘Bing is one of the best Artificial Intelligence tools to help us with anything. It is more helpful in constructing ideas, useful in content writing, etc.’ S Maaz, Customer Support Analyst.21
‘Bing Chat integrates seamlessly with Bing Search, allowing me to quickly look up information, search for images, or find relevant web pages without leaving the chat interface. This feature provides a convenient way to gather information and share it with others during conversations.’ B Darshana, Digital Marketing Executive.22
‘The most helpful thing about Bing Chat is its integration with the Microsoft Edge browser, as getting the required info in less time is much easier.’ John S, Copy Editor.23
‘Occasionally, when I pose detailed or complex inquiries, Bing Chat may struggle to comprehend the context or deliver the most pertinent information. This can be a tad frustrating as I find myself needing to rephrase my questions or conduct additional searches to obtain the desired outcomes.’ S Abhijith, Freelance Designer.24
A great thing about smart bots is their ability to speed up daily tasks such as crafting emails and social media posts.
‘Bing is one of the best Artificial Intelligence tools to help us with anything. It is more helpful in constructing ideas, useful in content writing etc. What I like the most about Bing Chat is the content for LinkedIn posts and email writing.’ S Maaz, Customer Support Analyst.26
In addition to helping out with work tasks, people are also using Bing Chat for personal use.
R Nydia Stephany, a freelance graphic designer and photographer says, ‘I use it almost every day for day-to-day housework, recipes, medical advice, homework, research, and yes, even professional use such as for business resources or related topics. Included in Microsoft Edge, you don't even have to download it as a plugin to use Bing Chat. You can use Bing chat in nearly every aspect of life.’ 27
Free to use
AI chatbot technology may significantly impact traditionally-secure, higher-paying jobs that require a college education.
Survey responses show that more than 50% believe chatbots will impact software engineers (56%), graphic designers (54%), and journalists (52%) in the next 20 years. However, only 19% of employed adults think it will impact their own jobs.
Among these, 60% of those aged 30 to 49 anticipate a major or minor impact, with higher education levels correlating to increased expectations of impact (71% postgraduate, 60% bachelor’s degree, 48% some college, 42% high school diploma or less).
Ask Marlee’s sole focus is you and your team. Ask Marlee specializes in collaboration and performance coaching and is the only open-domain conversational AI that uses you and your team members’ personalized motivations to ensure you thrive in work and life.
F4S developed Ask Marlee by integrating 20 years of research insights on successful entrepreneurs and business leaders together with deep expertise in coaching, behavioral data science, and AI engineering.
Ask Marlee uses ChatGPT's language model to generate unique conversational responses rather than follow a script. You experience an authentic coaching experience, just like working with a human coach.
Start with a quick 15-minute assessment to uncover your personal motivations, then set up a team and invite team members to take the assessment. AI Coach Marlee then invites you to set your personal goals and offers insights and recommendations to help you achieve them.
The best part about Ask Marlee’s advice is that it's personalized to your specific needs, goals, and areas of improvement. Plus, Marlee doesn't just use general internet information in the recommendations provided like other language models. Marlee’s advice is personalized to the motivational assessments of you and your team.
As a pioneering AI coach, here are some remarkable achievements by Marlee:
You like some variety, radical changes, doing new and different things in some of your work or business.
With a little bit of development you can become more socially aware of yourself and others.
Ask Marlee is currently in Beta stage testing, and is available for a limited time on all free F4S Starter pricing plans.
We understand that privacy is a common concern in coaching, and while sharing with an AI coach may seem easier, we acknowledge the rapid spread of AI and potential privacy concerns. From the beginning, our focus has been on ensuring complete confidentiality and data security. As professional coaches, we recognize the importance of trust, and privacy is a key consideration in every step of our coaching process.
We use ChatGPT-4 as our Large Language Model (LLM), but not exclusively. This ensures control over Marlee's dialogue, avoiding inaccuracies. Insights from coaching sessions are leveraged to analyze users' successful actions, improving targeted advice.
Here’s some extra tips to help you gain the most from chatbots:
With the AI arms race underway rapid innovation is expected. In November OpenAI introduced a strong new AI model, the option to create your own AI assistant, and a new marketplace, that’s effectively an App Store exclusively for chatbots.30
More innovations already in the works are the rapid innovations of AI technology. It is progressively getting better at understanding text, images, and audio, and is learning to handle different challenges and complex tasks, such as dealing with legal matters and providing efficient customer service. So you can expect improvement in all aspects, including further advanced research and conversational capabilities.
Chatbots are AI powered search engines that may soon replace traditional search platforms.34 Adapt and use these essential tools for efficiency in all walks of life. Choose apps that fit your needs. You have a range of options to choose from.
For writing, go for ChatGPT, for research, try Bing, and artists and coders can use a combination for best results. Learn about these powerful tools to make an informed decision.
Find your 24/7 personal assistant, explore options, and pick what helps you automate mundane tasks. This way you can reduce workload and free up time for personal and professional growth.
Elevate your collaboration and performance with Ask Marlee, your 24/7 on-demand AI coach. Sign up for free to begin your tailored coaching program and experience the benefits of cutting-edge technology for improved well-being and performance. Don't wait, start your journey to better collaboration today!
Our expert coaches developed a 9-week Vital Wellbeing program to help you learn how to calm anxiety quickly and build emotional resistence.
Coach Marlee (your amazing AI-powered personal coach) will analyse your unique traits and goals to personalize the program so you see results as quickly as possible.
In this high impact nine week program Coach Marlee will help you to increase your energy, vitality and general wellbeing while also helping you to break through self sabotage and develop life long skills for emotional resilience and self-esteem. Enjoy weekly cutting edge science backed wellbeing resources from both Marlee and our wellbeing partner Blisspot.
“I think Marlee is impressive!”
“Always thought-provoking and well worth my time”
“Trust Your Gut coaching program helped me build deeper levels of self-esteem and how I valued myself vis-a-vis the greater world. It also taught me courage to believe in my beliefs, and that it is not about success or failure, but that we give it a go, a try”
“I found how to not give up!”
“I really struggled with the idea and concept of my own power and it was getting in the way of my work, my relationships and my happiness. This program with Marlee has helped me understand why, develop a deeper relationship with my own power and as a result, I'm feeling more confident and competent as ever!”
“Mind blowing! The Team Building program helped us resolve long-standing friction and misunderstandings in the team. Great experience for everyone involved!“
“Our fast-paced society pushes us to neglect our very human need to take a moment to pause and reflect. Marlee helped me get back in touch with that, and it has done wonders for my mental health!”
“I found the importance of setting goals. It’s a mindset”
Most employed Americans are not optimistic about chatbots being helpful for their work. Only 15-20% of working adults believe chatbots would be extremely or very helpful. Younger workers and those with higher levels of formal education are slightly more optimistic about the usefulness of chatbots for their jobs.7
Learn how to connect with colleagues and boost workplace motivation.
Position, Company name
Position, Company name
Position, Company name
Position, Company name
Position, Company name
Position, Company name