I answered that pressing question today with the new Skype for iPhone update.
Yesterday I updated with great anticipation, hoping that the quality of the new video chat capabilities on the Skype app would live up to the quality of video I’ve experienced with Apple’s Facetime. To my delight, on a WiFi connection, Skype rocked.
Video chat over 3G is the difference.
What I was even happier to find, however, is that on a decent 3g connection, the experience was just as good. I video Skyped with Steve Zehngut in the parking lot of LA Fitness and with Dan Green right before I got on the treadmill. No question… Skype for iPhone trumps FaceTime video chat with ease. If you’re a Skype user, this is a no brainer.
Obviously, bandwidth will be an issue with any video service. So, I wanted to see how Skype behaved with a single bar. So, I dialed up Jay Thompson while at a stop light. The result? I got a pretty decent video, but the audio was horrid. Then the light changed.
What’s more dangerous than texting while driving? Skype video chatting while driving.
You have been warned.