I tried the Skype Beta on the Nokia Lumia 800. Since there’s no front facing camera, the other party can only see view from my rear facing camera. Everything works pretty alright. But a little buggy. Well, there’s a reason why it is still in beta.
The full version will be made available in April. Let’s hope they integrate Skype into the phone just like Facebook and Twitter.
We have been waiting for this day since iOS 4.0 was launched. Yes, Skype for iPhone finally allows video calling. Available for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4th Gen with iOS 4.0 and above. Devices without camera can still see the video from the other party.
You can do a iPhone to iPhone or a iPhone to Desktop video calling with the latest Skype application on iPhone. And unlike Face Time, you can use it on either 3G or WIFI. Yes, video calling on 3G.
There were some reports about drop calls using 3G video calling. I guess the technology isn’t mature enough. You’ll need a faster data connection for a good 3G video calling. But hey, it’s pretty good already. And it only gets better when LTE rolls out.
I tried doing a Skype video call with TechieLobang. He is on a desktop with WIFI while I’m on iPhone with 3G. The video quality is pretty alright. You can choose to use either the front facing camera or the back camera. It works for both landscape and portrait. (works upside down too!) Personally, I think landscape mode looks better.
And hey, it seems like my Glif is here just in time for the Skype video calling. Imagine propping my iPhone 4 with Glif and using it for Skype video calling. Coolness.
Next step for Skype is to launch video calling to Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and Symbian. Can’t wait for that. I think 2011 is going to be a pretty interesting year for Skype.
Is it me or is this the death of Face Time? Who uses Face Time anyway? I’ve only tested it once and never found another chance to use it again.