FaceTime or Skype?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by Bottomsup, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011
    Ive never used FT buT use Skype a lot on my PC. I Just got my first Mac and an iPad 2 and am wondering why I should pay for FT vs using Skype for free to talk to my wife via video when I travel.
  2. macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    Right here
    Facetime supports HD video, skype doesn't.

    What mac do you have?
  3. macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    Both are good, If you don't want to spend any money get skype. :)
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011
    Late 2010 air
  5. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Facetime only good between :apple: stuff, kind of spotty in certain countries.
    Skype: also be able to call phones with a decent international rate, not limited to :apple: stuff.
    I use both, and both are great.

    Facetime video quality is better than skype in my iPhone 4.

    Who knows what Microsoft will do with Skypein the future?

    I doesnt hurt to have and use both, there is always an alternative.

    Sometimes I used skype to call a landline phone just to give the signal to my contact to fire up Facetime.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Facetime isn't free? Huh, I was under the impression that as long as you have 2 apple devices it just worked.:confused:
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011
    Do you know if FT video quality is noticably better even if I don't have an HD camera? I just searched but couldn't easily find the resolution of the MBA camera.

    I traveling to India and Singapore next week and am wondering if I should bu FT. I have traveled to and lots of other international destinals before and the video Skype quality on my Thinkpad w500 and my wife's acerbic netbook was pretty medicore. Now she has an iPad 2 and I this MBA so I'm wondering if it is better. It's only 3 bucks so I guess I should just try it.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011
    I'm pretty sure it isn't. My wife's iPad has it but I need to purchase to purchase on my air.
  9. macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Facetime used to be free, after they upgraded the Macs cameras, and released Facetime HD it isn't FREE, and the old version of Facetime is no longer available to download.
    The last version of Facetime (HD) comes free with new/recent :apple: devices.

    The video quality is dependent on the camera and the connection speed.

    I do not like the iPad 2 screen resolution, nor the front video camera quality, but that's me, I am spoiled with the iPhone 4 screen resolution.

    Anyway the best way for you is to chip in the App cost, it is worth it.
    For example if you cannot connect with Skype or have issues with the call, so you have an alternative to connect.
    I have experienced different similar video call quality with both.
    Sometimes one works better than the other, but it highly depends on the connection speed and the location.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2012
    Which uses up more Wifi. . . Skype Vs. FaceTime

    Which would mark up you phone bill on internet usage?

    Thanks so much for any feedback!

    Drew Lee :)
  11. macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    For me, they go like this:

    FT >> Google video chat >> Skype

    I have always gotten crappy quality when I used Skype. If I have to video chat with someone out of the Apple ecosystem, like my wife, I much prefer Google video chat. Facetime works great even with mediocre internet connection speed. I have lowest level internet speed (1.5) and am still able to FT pretty well.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Aug 9, 2011
    I use both but damm it actually shocks me that they charge for facetime :eek:

    Apple wow stop being so damm greedy lol
  13. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2013
    Free now

    Facetime HD is free and bundled with Mountain Lion :). Thanks :apple:
  14. macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2008
    The camera is important also!

    The cameras are very important also. My wife uses video conferencing with her family in Guatemala (from the U.S.) using Skype. The quality from their camera was always abysmal (I have no idea what we looked like). Then my brother-in-law got an iPad, and WOW! What a difference! Maybe FaceTime uses a better codec. Maybe the iPad camera is better. Or maybe his internet connection was upgraded. If I was a betting man, I'd say it was the camera followed by the FaceTime codec that made the big difference.

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