Facetime Great, Good, Average, or bad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by deluxeh0, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. deluxeh0 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2009
    I'm having mixed feelings about facetime. I use it with my gf and it drops a lot. The picture quality isnt that great either. I'm on dsl and shes on cable.. I'm thinking its the crappy cable but the quality is pretty poor :/ Thoughts?
  2. Cole JM macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    because facetime is WIFI only it is all about bandwith, DSL is generally slow and cable can be crappy too. Facetime itself is fine IMO.
  3. MrMac'n'Cheese macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2010

    Yeah either or both may need upgraded/quicker Internet speeds for optimal picture quality, I use FiOS 25/15 and it's pretty good for FaceTime.
  4. gquiring macrumors regular


    Oct 19, 2007
    I have been using FaceTime on FIOS to Comcast with no issues. There is a bug in FT when you leave the app to run another app, FT occasionally will stop showing the other side. The only way to get it back is to disconnect/reconnect.
  5. deluxeh0 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2009
    I'm thinking its her comcast cable. My att 6 megs down is usually pretty decent. I didnt expect it to be an issue ;/
  6. Cole JM macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    It isnt all about down and up speeds, it is about the consistency of the service.
  7. JodyK macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2010
    Northern Atlanta suburbs
    My FaceTime experience

    On MacBook Pro 2010 ... Pretty good
    On my new MacBook Pro 2011 with FaceTime HD Camera ... awesome very impressed!
    On my iPhone 4 ... Was my first FT experience and I like it as pic quality looks good on the small screen
    On my iPad 2 ... Awful picture quality very disappointed ... Low light is grainy, terrible and just unacceptable.

    Again my opinion ... Hope this helps! Others thoughts?
  8. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    I supposed to get 12 down, but it varies from less than 1 to 11.5 down. Guess, if I can get 25 down, it would average around 10.
  9. yodaxl7 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    You got the new macbook pro! Jealous! Can't justify the cost since I got mine last year, too. Me gonna wait till next year.
  10. deluxeh0 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2009
    Thx! damn wish the ipad 2 facetime looked better!
  11. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    iPad 2 FaceTime looks the worst out of all of them IMO.
  12. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    I use it with my wife while she's at home on the MBP and me out and about using a verizon 3G mifi. Works fine and has never dropped.
  13. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    The real problem with FaceTime on ipad2 is that usually you'll use it indoors and the camera sucks so bad that the picture is very grainy. It will probably work better outside on the deck where there's more light.
  14. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010

    Because we all live in a cave like you?

    I can turn. Light on if needs be. :rolleyes:
  15. ipxmbx macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2011
    If one understands lighting you get better results.
  16. SR71 macrumors 68000

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Well that was a dick response.

    Natural lighting while using FaceTime makes the quality much better than artificial lighting.
  17. Blorzoga macrumors 68030


    May 21, 2010
    What makes you think I live in a cave? Or do you just feel the need to insult people, if needs be, DB.
  18. G4R2 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 29, 2006
    As others have observed, the connection quality is vital for a decent Facetime session. Overall I've found it to be fairly robust with the majority of my contacts with one exception that drops or freezes consistently. I'm fairly certain that in this latter case the problem lies with my contacts internet connection which has been pretty poor.

    The image quality even on a good connection is grainy but that's to be expected and for a free service in its early generations it isn't terrible. It of course looks much better on the iPhone than the iPad due to the smaller screen size but there are advantages to having a larger, if grainier, video session at times. I frequently video conference from the iPad 2 while it is docked, something that is more difficult or at least less natural to do on an iPhone.

    The software is decent but I'm hoping for some improvements in future versions. For instance, I'd like to see the video conference pop open in a small PIP-like window over a running app as an option over having to accept a call full screen so that you can continue working on your apps as you talk.
  19. newagemac macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2010
    The front camera has the same specs as the one on the iPhone 4. The problem with the iPad 2 is that the screen is a lot bigger. That's why it looks worse than the iPhone 4.
  20. Itxdjx macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2010
    It acceptalble/good on the iPad two. iPhone looks good. But the new MacBook pros have the best so far next iPhone refresh I believe will see an "FaceTime HD" cam on there
  21. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I don't use it hardly at all, but when I have, it has been a lot like the warm and fuzzy Apple commercials. We used it after our second child was born, and it was definitely cool for that. Apple didn't invent video chat, but they made it more accessible to more users.
  22. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Facetime has been great for me. I use it often going from iphone4 to mac and mac to mac.
  23. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030


    Jun 23, 2010

    You complain like someone that lives in a cave.;)
  24. rockem sockem macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2011
    FAcetime doesn't work 1 in 10 times for me. They can't see me or no connection. Goes away by restarting app and/or quitting other apps.

    Usually going to MAC and the pq is not good.... but not a big deal. The wifey is impressed with it and calls her fam regularly. Overall its GREAT.

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