Yesterday I got my first chance to try out FaceTime on the iPad 2, and boy am I glad I did. This is what FaceTime was always meant to be like. From the day it came out with the iPhone 4 it never felt totally right on that smaller screen. When it came to the Mac later last year, that was cool because it added millions of additional users you could use it with, but I’ve hardly ever used it on the desktop – as I much prefer Skype.
On the iPad 2 though, it just feels right. Like this is why we were all surprised the original iPad didn’t have cameras. The screen size is big enough to really enjoy the experience.
The best thing about using FaceTime on the iPad, which I became aware of thanks to this excellent post by Larry Greenberg at RunaroundTech, is that you can set your iPad in a stand, free up your hands, and multitask while you’re talking to work colleagues (Kids – please don’t do this when talking to grandma who lives far away!). The screen is big enough that you can still see the person or people you’re speaking to from a decent distance.
Larry and I did a quick FaceTime call yesterday and it was great using the iPad 2 this way, sitting in a BookArc stand alongside my MacBook Pro.
Having said all that, I’m also very keen to see Skype on iPad 2 when it has video chat enabled. I expect it will continue to offer more.
Have you tried out FaceTime on the iPad 2 yet? If so, what do you think of it?