We've tried a lot of video call apps—and have suffered through one too many terrible calls.
And so, after trying nearly two dozen video conferencing apps, we've settled on the ones that work well.
Sometimes, Face Time is clearer and cheaper than a "normal" phone call.
be an exercise in frustration, with delayed video, glitchy graphics, and batteries drained in minutes. As a fully remote team, Zapier relies on video conferencing to hold team meetings, share ideas, and check in on each other.
Slack added 1-to-1 voice calls to its desktop and mobile apps in June 2016, following up six months later by adding a video to those calls.
To call a colleague in Slack, just open a channel or Direct Message and click the phone icon—Slack will start the call in a new window and add a notification to the chat.
Price: Free for unlimited calls with up to 8 people; /month per room Premium edition for 12 people per call, screensharing alongside video, and custom branding (currently in beta) Tip: works in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, so you can't make calls from Safari right now. As long as you and your colleague have a Mac or i OS device, you can make a quick audio or video call over your data connection.
Odds are, it'll sound great, too—even over congested airport Wi-Fi. To chat, you'll need to use i Message—and on i OS, switching apps turns off your video—and there's no way to share your screen.
What they lack in features, though, Slack calls make up for in convenience.
Now copy the link, share it with your colleagues, and up to 7 other people can join you in the call for free.
There's a chat pane to share text and links, stickers to cover your face, and an option to share your screen if you install a browser plugin.
Calls feel a bit more like a normal phone call with video added on.
You can tap the video icon to turn on video, or just make a quick voice call if you'd like, which might be the fastest way to discuss something that'd take too long in chat.