Calls made from the Mac Book Air to the i Phone 4 and the i Pad 2 video looked clean, but the edges were still fuzzy.The worst picture quality we noticed was while calling an i Pad 2 from an i Phone 4.Tapping the display pulls up a menu of on-screen buttons for muting the microphone, switching between the front- and back-facing cameras, and ending calls.
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Still, the option to make video calls, even of slightly poorer quality, wouldn't hurt.
Google Chat, Fring, oo Voo, Skype, and Tango each work over 3G and 4G data networks as well as Wi-Fi.
When you pull up a contact with an active Face Time account, Face Time appears with options to text, call, or e-mail that person.
You can also switch a voice phone call to Face Time via a large button overlaid on the screen during active calls.
While it's only available to i Pad, i Phone, and Mac users, Apple's Face Time video chat app has an intuitive interface and excellent quality.
However, other players in the video chat market such as Fring, Oovoo, Skype, and Tango can make face-to-face calls to Android and Apple devices, and some can conduct multi-party video calls with four or more people.
So should Apple fans stick to Face Time exclusively, or should they opt for other apps that open up communication to more users?
Because the i Pad 2 and i Pod touch don't have phone numbers, Face Time works differently on them than on the i Phone 4.
The latest i Phone captures video that's fine for another i Phone's 3.5-inch display.