iPhone FaceTime Sucks

Here is why the iPhone FaceTime is really a FacePalm.

  1. It only works on WiFi – What are the chances the person you want to talk with will also be near a WiFi location?
  2. Texting is easier – We’ve already abandon “talking” on the phone in favor of texting and twitter. Why would we go all the way back to “video calling”? Might as well visit the person physically…
  3. What kind of serious conversation could you possibly have while staring at someone’s face?
  4. Requires an iPhone 4 – Not all of us are rich. Sorry Apple.

The reality is, Apple is way late to the game. They are trying to teach an old dog new tricks, but it’s just not as impressive as it could be. What’s worse, since AT&T has announced that they will limit and throttle data to 2GB, many of the iPhone new video features will be completely useless.

However, I must say that some of the technology, like the Retina Display is pretty amazing. The new design is also very nice and clean. Here’s to hoping that Apple will match their technology with similar amazing data service.

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  • MzMari

    Facetime SUCKS bad!!! I have had the iPhone 4 for a year now and haven’t used Facetime once. I have used video calling through an app called Tango because it works off 3g and on any smartphone. Apple needs to come clean with Facetime and make it available thru 3g

  • I agree. I generally really like Apple’s products – both hardware and software, but FaceTime is admittedly a huge disappointment. I just bought FaceTime for Mac in the app store. What a waste of money. Here’s why I would recommend Skype rather than FaceTime:

    1) Skype is free – FaceTime isn’t
    2) Skype works on 3G – FaceTime doesn’t
    3) Skype is cross platform and works on PC, Mac and all handheld devices – FaceTime isn’t.
    4) Skype supports multiple accounts, just add a new email – FaceTime requires an Apple ID.
    5) On Skype it’s easy to see which contacts are available – On FaceTime you try calling a contact, just to realize that he/she isn’t available for FaceTime calls. How annoying is that?
    6) Skype works on older iPhone models and iPod Touch (chat and voip calls without video) – FaceTime requires iPhone 4 or later.
    7) Skype has been around long enough for all your video-chat-and-voip-loving friends to be on it – Nobody I know uses FaceTime.
    8) Skype has also been around long enough to be bug free – FaceTime still feels like a beta.
    9) Skype is feature rich and supports P2P file transfer, coference calls, “Skype out” (ability to call regular landline and cell phones), full screen video etc. – Apple will probably introduce more features in FaceTime in future updates, but as of now, and compared to the competition (from Skype, MSN messnger and loads of other free alternatives) making people pay to use FaceTime on the Mac is a mistake by Apple that will certainly not speed up the success of the app.

  • Ebmontejo

    iphone facetime to mac doesn’t work properly! it really sucks!