Losing my virginity, with FaceTime
July 29, 2010 2 Comments
Although the iPhone 4 is not yet officially available in the Netherlands, we bootlegged it via the UK. It turns out that you can actually make a phone call with it, so that’s good news. Apart from making a phone call, there’s one other nifty feature on the device, called FaceTime. According to Apple:
People have been dreaming about video calling for decades. iPhone 4 makes it a reality. With the tap of a button, you can wave hello to your kids, share a smile from across the globe, or watch your best friend laugh at your stories — iPhone 4 to iPhone 4 over Wi-Fi. No other phone makes staying in touch this much fun.
But wait, there’s more:
FaceTime works right out of the box — no need to set up a special account or screen name. And using FaceTime is as easy as it gets. Let’s say you want to start a video call with your best friend. Just find her entry in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. Or maybe you’re already on a voice call with her and you want to switch to video. Just tap the FaceTime button on the Phone screen. Either way, an invitation pops up on her iPhone 4 screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, the video call begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape modes.
That sure sounds appealing to me. Frequent traveling and having a family at home makes me the perfect FaceTime user. There’s only one caveat: you need somebody else to FaceTime with. And that other person must be on the iPhone 4. Not the 3GS, the 4. Luckey I was smart enough to call a few friends, asking whether they wanted to participate in this little experiment and order an iPhone 4 as well. One of them was Kurt. It took a while, but now Kurt has his iPhone 4 too, and since today he’s operational (OK, to be honest, Kurt did not only wanted the iPhone for FaceTime. There’s more he liked).
So Thursday evening my iPhone rang, with a funny sound. It said: Kurt wants to connect via FaceTime with you. So I picked up the phone, and there we went…
Pretty impressive. Now if only the Samsung Wave would adopt the open source FaceTime technology as well (Apple and Samsung seem to borrow things from each other anyways, lately), Kurt can actually use it with his wife Una, too…
How valuable will this become, once available through 3G networks? Will it change the way we communicate or is it just a ‘nice to have’ and ‘Apple gimmick’. Let us know and drop us a line in the comments below.