Facetime Usefull?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TallManNY, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    So next week Apple will announce the iPad 2 and presumably it will have a facetime ready front-facing camera. Question for iPhone 4 users out there, do you use facetime? I've had my iphone 4 for about six months and I've only used it twice as a demo to try it out. A handful of my best friends have iPhone 4, so I've got people I could be facetiming with. It never comes up. But I'm not surprised since I've had iSight on my Mac in some form or another for six or so years and I've rarely used video chat. Maybe four or five times a year. And again, many of my best friends have macs with cameras as well.

    Anyone else finding this video chat feature is more smoke than fire?
  2. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    I use facetime virtually every day. It's really an individual thing as far as whether or not it's useful. I find it very useful but I have friends who never use it and I certainly don't facetime with my friends.
  3. jamied95 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2009
    I've not used it once (in 8 months) - to be honest, I don't even know if my front facing camera works!
  4. stev3n macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
    I use it all the time and I find it very useful.
  5. Zcott macrumors 68020

    Oct 18, 2009
    Belfast, Ireland
    My other half lives 120 miles away, so FaceTime is great for us. Use it about once a week in addition to IMing.
  6. Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    I have yet to use mine once since I got mine on launch day.
  7. snakelda macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2006
  8. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    Jailbreak and you can...
  9. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Would be more useful for me if they launched a windows app or I had a friend with a facetime device!
  10. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
  11. FiremanMike macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_2_6 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8E200 Safari/6533.18.5)

    You all can guess what I do based on my screen name. I am gone for 24 hours at a time, and I can't tell you how great it has been to FaceTime my wife and children when I am at the firehouse.
  12. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    It's only useful if you use it. I think a majority of people don't use it though.
  13. r2fa3l macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2010
    never really use it...... just to check myself out.. the front camera... i use it like 5-10 times a day
  14. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    I've never used the webcam on any apple hardware be it iphone or computer.
  15. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    I do video chatting at least twice day; if your friends & loved ones are globally distributed like mine you will use it...
  16. lsvtecjohn3 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2008
    Jailbreak or use Tango app, Skype, Fring, Yahoo message ect
  17. akasch macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2009
    I don't use Facetime but I do use Tango when I'm out of town to talk to my girlfriend (She has an android)
  18. MacGenius1211 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2011
    Im jailbroken with 3Gunrestrictor

    I use FaceTime alot, my brother is in Alaska on ATT with his iPhone, So its cheaper for us to facetime then waste minutes. And I can facetime in the car or wherever I am with 3G, Thank you Verizon for unlimited data.
  19. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Use it to facetime my only friend who has an iPhone 4, as it doesn't eat up our minutes, we usually dismiss the camera and just use it like speaker phone.
  20. iphoneIA macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    I have used Facetime only once. It was really useful. My daughter was really sick and my wife wanted me to see her. It was really nice and I know I will use it again.
  21. vachargerfan macrumors regular

    May 28, 2008
    I actually used it to help my parents get their TV setup. They are not technical, so having me see what they were looking at and telling them where to plug things in was very helpful
  22. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    I don't consider FaceTime an invaluable feature however I do use it from time to time and it's great. Really cool little feature.
  23. psywzrd macrumors 68030

    Feb 6, 2008
    Have any of you guys tried the Skype video chat via the skype app to see how the quality compares to facetime?
  24. DoctorK4 macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2011
    I have found the FaceTime video quality far superior, and the lag significantly less with Facetime (maybe half-a-second w/ Facetime vs. 2-3 seconds w/ Skype).
  25. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I use it normally about every day with my wife. She's at work and I'm at work so it makes things fun to be able to see each other. Just talking on the phone now seems so limited as you can't see them smile or wink, etc.

    I also use it with a coworker in England. Being able to switch the camera around to the front/back makes it easier to just show them what I'm talking about versus trying to describe "the orange network cable is plugged into the 3rd Netgear switch. No, not that orange one. This is for the .2 subnet".
    Now I just point and say "See? That one". Problem solved.

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