Facing off with FaceTime
Posted 24 June 2010 - 10:04 PM
Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:09 AM
I had 3G video calling 5 years ago (Nokia N73, which was a great phone) and could never find a good reason to use it. Of the handful of calls I made with it in the one year I had it, most were to people in the same room. How clever.
Receiving a video call in the office, in a bar, on the street, is absolutely impossible and unbelievably anti-social.
To have video calling which is platform specific (iPhone) and needing wi-fi is just absurd. I will have more one-legged friends than Face-time buddies.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 05:13 AM
Acceptance of the "video phone" concept has been an uphill battle ever since its debut at the 1939 New York's World Fair but that, I think, is due to a lack of a second or redirect-able camera. We are still a rather self-conscious bunch. However, I found Apple's video of use cases compelling -- we just need to be more innovative in our uses of this technology.
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Posted 25 June 2010 - 05:17 AM
Posted 25 June 2010 - 05:26 AM
Who wants to PAY for it over here? I certainly don't, nor do my Japanese associates. Technology is great so long as it doesn't cost me an unreasonable amount extra. That's why it hasn't caught on here in Japan.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 05:46 AM
But this requires that your iPhone knows where/how to contact the other iPhone. This means that there needs to be a central server somewhere which your iPhone is registering with so other iPhones know where you are on the internet. iChat uses MobileMe and/or AOL's chat servers for this. What is FaceTime using since not everyone has a MobileMe account.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:34 AM
It was a major selling point for 3G technology, before carriers understood that the real need is mobile Internet.
In reality, it was a complete and total flop. Just nobody use it, and it is included, for free, in essentially all the contract, and double camera phone are common.
And before anybody talk about easy of use, how easy to use is making a phone number (or clicking/tapping a contact) and have a video call instead of a voice call ?
It seems that nobody actually want to make a video call from the street.
But i think that the whole point of FaceTime is missed here; FaceTime is an internet video chat application; you can bet that next version of iChat will support the protocol. The real target here are Skype and Google Voice, and FaceTime is just the first brick of a more complex strategy to come.
Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:47 AM