Video calling has become a part and parcel of our lives. With FaceTime actually revolutionizing video chats, there has been a massive change in the way people look for and use video chat apps. Both the iPhone and the iPad are cool devices to video call your friends and family.
So let’s dive right in:
Well, Hangouts just came out. It’s more like a combination of a video and IM-like chat environment. While Hangouts does text-based messaging better, the video chat features work great. All you need is a Google account and you can get started pretty easily. You can read our review for more info.
Rounds Video Chatting+Calling
I didn’t know Rounds existed till recently when I accidentally stumbled on it. And it’s quite an awesome app, I can tell you that. The app lets you make video calls but it’s not designed for just video calls. You can actually play games, make the most funniest edits to your video (add a lot of effects), check out your friend’s Rounds photo stream and even watch videos together. It’s an amazing package of an app.
Tango Text, Voice, and Video
Tango, I guess, needs no introduction. On the iPhone, it was one of the first video chat alternatives I took to after Skype. As a no-nonsense alternative to Skype, Tango was kickass. It still is. Tango works good on the iPhone and has Android version too so you can make video calls to your friends on other smartphones too.
ooVoo Video Call, Text and Voice
ooVoo Video call app for the iPhone is an amazing app actually designed to be great for both one-on-one video chats and group chats. The app is also loads of fun: you can do group chats with up to 12 people at once. (see 4 folks at a time though). And then you can send video messages!
Fring is an amazing, light-weight video calling app. It’s built for other platforms too so that friend on Android can be reached via video chats. Oh yeah, other friends using iPhones can chime in too with up to four people at the same time. What I really like about Fring is it’s terrific and minimal. No bells and whistles.
In its latest update, Nimbuzz Messenger just got video chatting facilities so this one gets on our list. Nimbuzz connects you to your friends via a lot of services: Facebook, Gtalk, Yahoo! Messenger etc. Nimbuzz isn’t really on my list of apps to use but with this addition of video calling features, it just shot itself up into the ‘you should check this out’ type now.
Memes have made Skype the butt of a few jokes but I just Skyped with someone and luckily, it worked perfectly. Skype does run into trouble occasionally and there are glitches despite updates but Skype is the go-to app for a lot of people who want to do video calls. And since it runs on everything – iOS, Android, Mac, PC, WP etc. – it still retains top spot amongst the non-tech-savvy people.
Well, for all other things, there’s always FaceTime. It’s a pretty good thing on Apple devices but once you want to video chat with someone who doesn’t own an iPhone, or whose FaceTime has got problems (remember those FaceTime activation errors?), you really have no choice but to abandon it. Even if temporarily.
FaceTime comes with every iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and uses your Wifi/data.