what the heck is FaceTime?

FaceTimenoun: facetime
time spent in face-to-face contact with someone.

noun: FaceTime
1. a video chat App that lets you have face-to-face contact with someone without being in the same room.

FaceTime is a video chat application developed by Apple that lets you make video calls over Wi-Fi between Mac devices. Because FaceTime is an Apple App, you can only use it with Mac devices and you can only talk to other Mac devices/users – iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Although I’ve never used it myself (mostly because I can’t think of any friends that have Mac devices), my daughter uses it all the time and it’s really cool.

She sets up her iPad at the table and has breakfast with her friend Haley, she shares make up tips in her room with Nicole and, just yesterday, she studied for her Geography exam for 2 hours with Madison. She is constantly spending time with her girlfriends but I don’t have to drive her all over the place. That’s a win – win if you ask me!

Connecting is easy. If you’re connecting with an iPhone, you just dial the phone number. If it’s an iPad, iPod Touch or Mac computer, you key in the email address.

Bada Bing! Bada Boom!

You can even change a phone call into a FaceTime chat right in the middle of it. Just tap the FaceTime button on the screen and an invitation will pop up on the screen of the person you’re talking to asking if they want to join you. When they accept, the video call begins.

As expected, Apple has thought of just about everything. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch all have two built-in cameras; one on the front above the display and one on the back. You can toggle between FaceTiming with the front camera and sharing what you’re seeing with the back camera.

They’ve even thought to preset the front camera to be used with FaceTime. It has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm’s length helping to always present you in the best possible light.

There are Android products being developed that are trying to replicate Facetime but it’s difficult because there are so many different devices, all with their own features.

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I still think Skype is the best answer for video chatting overall because it’s simple, free and it works on every platform. I even use Skype on my Mac because my son at university has a PC. But, by all means, if you have an iPad – Pod – Phone and friends and family that also do, FaceTime is a fun, easy way to visit without leaving the house!

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