[This is a guest post from Conference Genie, a video conference-calling company based in Reading, UK]
Mobile video calling isn’t a dead tech, and it isn’t simply the wave of the future. It’s the wave of now, and people throughout the business landscape and in their personal lives are taking advantage of this amazing capability. If you’re considering the plunge into the world of mobile video calling, here’s a look at the five best phones with which to do it.
Motorola Droid Smartphone
Droids with video calling capabilities aren’t publically available yet, but they should be soon. Motorola’s Droid is certainly making headlines – it’s currently the best selling Android ever. So popular is the Motorola Droid that it got a million of them sold quicker than the iPhone. The early prototypes with front-facing cameras looked stunning, and we expect that they’ll give the iPhone and Evo a run for their money eventually. However, it’s tough to list this phone any higher until we have one that we can touch and test extensively. We expect Motorola to announce the new Droid on 23rd June, 2010. (Photo credit: http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/30/motorola-droid-review/)
In terms of design, Nokia just gets it, and consistently releases some of the best-looking phones on the market. Better yet, the VGA camera on the front of this phone is perfect for both video calling and Skype. We’ve given the edge to the Galaxy, iPhone, and Evo, but the E73 may be the most immediately accessible when it launches. (Photo credit: http://i46.tinypic.com/21eyvww.jpg)
The Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Beam is one the most feature-rich phones we’ve ever tested. In addition to all of the standard features, the Galaxy has 3G video calling standard, and it offers it with 720p video at 30 FPS. This is the phone to try before settling on an iPhone or Evo. They’re also set to introduce another android smartphone with a projector. The projector will use technology from Texas Instruments to project movies with a 50″ diagonal and six lumens brightness. The ‘Galaxy Beam’ projector smartphone should be available in July. (Photo credit: http://www.fandroid.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/4526a8ce8bamoled.jpg.jpg)
An increased level of competition has ignited a fierce level of innovation at Apple. The iPhone’s video calling software, called FaceTime, is an open solution, and it is already technically superior to the other options. When you combine this with the iPhone’s feature set, you have the perfect phone for those that place a premium on mobile video calling. The current limitation is that FaceTime only works between iPhones, and it’s limited to Wi-Fi networks. (Photo credit: http://static.stuff.co.nz/1275945245/647/3785647.jpg)
HTC Evo 4G
With the introduction of the much-ballyhooed HTC Evo 4G, the world got a video chat capability that’s comparable to what the iPhone offers. Why did we choose the HTC Evo 4G to edge out the iPhone for the top spot? The Evo is currently more versatile, but we’ll have to revisit this battle again in six months. The Evo is also not without its issues. It operates by default on the Qik software, but Qik’s two-way video service isn’t widely available yet. (Photo credit: http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Sprint-HTC-EVO-4G_2.jpg)
Many of us grew up watching The Jetsons, and dreaming of the days of video calling. It’s finally here, and it’s more portable and feature rich than we ever imagined it would be.