Alternative Apps for Facetime on iPad & iPhone
Much as we want it to be an all Apple World, it probably won’t be. We may feel that Apple products are far superior when compared to the competition, but there are those that think otherwise and we respect their perspective. These people may include our best friends, officemates, the guy that lives around the block, the cute chick from the coffee shop – anyone who doesn’t own an iPad or iPhone. The fact is, we need to get in touch with them, no matter what type of phone or tablet they use.
Facetime is Apple’s video calling app on iPhone and iPad, but like I said, some of our friends may use Apple products – and therefore don’t have Facetime either. But there are other apps which can enable us to video call with non Apple users. Whether they are using Windows, Android, BBOS or any other operating system, the following apps available to download for most mobile operating systems.
Anybody out there who has never heard of Skype? Skype is the best known video calling app for all platforms to date. It’s very stable and compatible with existing most platforms. I installed Skype on my iPad and it has served me well up to now. I get to call anyone, on any platform, with the Skype app. It is speedy and seamless in performance on any operating system.
Another video calling app worth mentioning is Fring which allows you to call up to four friends simultaneously. This one is very useful when you need to collaborate with your colleagues or just a quick chat with your buddies online. Though I’ve experienced some laggy performance while using the app, this may be due to my sometimes slow internet connection. To fair, the app delivered very clear sound and video almost all of the time.
Friend Caller Pro
FriendCaller Pro is another cross-platform video calling app which allows you to call and text anyone with the app installed on their system. Similar to the other apps mentioned here, FriendCaller Pro delivered great video and audio seamlessly on all supported platforms.
Finally, we have Yahoo Messenger which has recently added video calling capabilities to its roster of cool features. It’s available for all platforms but with one caveat – users must have a Yahoo account to use the messenger. Also, I experienced some problems connecting via the video calling function with a friend who had an Acer Iconia Tab A100. I know for a fact that YM was working fine on my iPad, so perhaps it was not compatible with the YM app for the Iconia Tab. We are still looking into this glitch and will give you an update soon enough.
It’s easy to keep in touch with your loved ones – whatever device they may have. With these free apps, connecting with them has become even easier. Check them all out from Apple’s App Store.