One of the innovative features of the HTC EVO 4G smartphone is the front-facing camera for video chatting. HTC and Sprint have worked with two video chat clients to make sure both are capable of taking advantage of that second camera. Both programs work a bit differently, and it is natural to wonder how each fares for both audio and video quality. My friends at Laptop Magazine were wondering the same thing, and set out to do a comparison of video chatting with Fring and Qik on the EVO 4G.
I was happy to lend a hand with Laptop’s testing, and had a series of video chats with them so they could capture them on video. The comparison is up and Laptop has published three videos of the test sessions for your information. Overall the video quality of Qik is better than that of Fring, but Qik has a weird handling of audio that you’ll have to see to understand.
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Related research on GigaOM Pro (sub. req’d): Report: The Consumer Video Chat Market, 2010 – 2015