This is going to be a meta post, a change of gear from my usual detailed articles. So I came across Dr. James O’Donoghue’s fun Twitter thread comparing rings of Saturn emojis and thought why not do the same for the Moon emoji. Here are the “Full Moon 🌕” emojis by all companies.
- Looks like the Moon, but shouldn’t be yellow
- It shows the dark “mare” areas where lava once flowed and exactly at the right places. And they’re even shown “depressed” than the brighter areas giving a 3D feel – kudos for getting topography right Apple! 👏
- No craters!
Facebook and Instagram:
- Looks like the Moon, gets the gray color right
- Mare areas are shown in a simplified way but preserves all major ones, including where Apollo 11 landed. 👨🚀
- Subtle hint of the famous Tycho crater in the south
Close enough Facebook and Instagram.
- Barely looks like the Moon, wrong color too
- Mare areas are shown in a ring for some reason, and at all the wrong places
- No craters
- At least has some 3D feel
Barely acceptable Google.
Microsoft and Twitter:
- Look nothing like the Moon, closer to a circle with random dots instead
- Mare areas are shown at random and thus at wrong places
- No craters
Disappointing Microsoft and Twitter.
- Looks exactly like the Moon!
- Mare areas are accurate
- All major craters are in – Tycho, Copernicus, Kepler and even Aristarchus!
Amazing job – It’s almost as if WhatsApp took a picture of the Moon and made a low-res emoji out of it! And that’s a good thing. 😉
- #1 – WhatsApp
- #2 – Apple
- #3 – Facebook and Instagram
- #4 – [Nobody deserves this]
- #5 – Google
- #6 – Microsoft and Twitter
Non-honorable mentions: OpenMoji
I have no comments on this abomination.