One of the reasons I got the EVO was to be able to video chat with friends and family. I was happy to find there were free apps available that let people on one network with an Android phone video chat with someone else on another network using an iPhone 4 or 4th gen iPod Touch.
So, I started out with Fring
. Free app for both Android and iPhone/ipod users. Easy to install and setup. Tested it with my niece who was using her current gen iPod Touch on WiFi and me with my EVO on WiFi.
Fair to Good. Wasn't as clear as the iPhone's FaceTime - but it wasn't bad either. Somewhat pixelated and kept getting a "Poor Network Connection" alert. But video never froze or got so distorted that we couldn't make each other out.
: Crap to Fair. I could hear her fine - but even with my volume all the way up it still was a bit low. She on the other hand could barely hear me - even after tinkering with the settings. I sent a support ticket to Fring about this and they replied saying my niece (w/ iPod touch) should uninstall Fring, reboot her iPod, then reinstall Fring. Don't know if this worked though as we haven't had time to test it as of yet.
If the audio was a bit louder on both ends I'd give Fring a 3.75/5
Apparently somewhat new to the videochat app area - Tango
offers the same cross network, platform free video chat that Fring does - but without some of the features of Fring like "FringOut" - being able to call other Fring members for free and/or call other mobile & landlines for 1 cent/min. But I was just interested in a good quality videochat app so I downloaded it and had my best friend who has an iPhone 4 download it as well.
We tested it out with both of us using WiFi.
Extremely simple to setup -no registration to go through.
Much, Much better than Fring right off the bat. However, after about 30 mins we both started to get "Poor Network Connection" alerts and the video started freezing and would be out of sync with the audio. Unfortunately we decided to stop it because of time constraints so we weren't abel to see if we could obtain a better connection by restarting, etc.
Excellent. Good and loud on both ends. Only little thing I didn't like so much was that if one of us was talking and the other started to respond at the same time, the one talking first couldn't hear the other until he stopped talking. Not a huge deal, but seems Fring was able to let each user talk freely over the other.
Great video quality -while it lasted and excellent audio. 4.5/5
I have yet to try QIK
- only because I've read so many negative things about it being a clunky app, poor quality video and walkie-talkie style audio - meaning to talk, you have to hold down a button. There's been a recent update that I intend to try out.
I should mention too that both Fring and Tango work on 3G as well as WiFi
. I believe there's a PC app for Fring too but not for Tango yet - as they want to perfect the mobile clients first (as stated on their site).
Another free mobile videochat app available is ooVoo
has been around as a desktop videochat app for a while (it's very much like Skype) but now they're launching a mobile client. Currently in beta and only available for Android
with iPhone/iPod/iPad (yes they have it on their site - perhaps in preparation for a new iPad with front facing camera?)
versions to be out early 2011.
I'm just glad we have some good free choices when it comes to videochatting. Right now I'd recommend Tango - however, your milage may vary.
Hope this is helpful.