FaceTime is one of the two new built-in apps on the iPad 2 that take advantage of its new front and back facing cameras. It’s also one of the slick new features of the iPad 2 – and to me it feels like the iPad 2 is the natural and best fit for FaceTime.
It looks like not all iPad 2 users are having as good an experience as I have with FaceTime though. Apple Insider reports that a number of iPad2 users are having severe issues with the app freezing up.
A few kinks apparently still need to be ironed out with the newly released iPad 2, as some users have reported freezing issues with the FaceTime video chat feature, requiring a restart of the device.
A handful of users on Apple’s support forums have posted to a growing thread where they have described a problem where the image displayed by the forward-facing camera on the iPad 2 crashes in the FaceTime application.
I haven’t seen these sort of issues at all with FaceTime so far, and I’ve run it with many other apps also running in the background. I hope Apple’s next iOS update will squash these issues though.
How is FaceTime working for you so far? Are you seeing any freezing problems when using it?
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?