Which company does the Moon emoji right?

  • Meta

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.

“Full Moon” 🌕 emojis used in products by different companies

Apple:

  • 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.

Google:

  • 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.

WhatsApp:

  • 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. 😉

Rankings:

  • #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.

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