SightSpeed, Skype, iChat, ooVoo

 | January 28, 2008 8:08 PM

A friend of mine has been using SightSpeed and my initial reaction when I heard this is “What is that? Can’t be as good as Skype.”

Well after doing some research it seems like SightSpeed is actually better for video chat. What really attracts me is that it has apparently excellent quality even at low bandwidth. I have already had first hand experience of how bad the quality is at low bandwidth when using iChat.

Here is a comparison of SightSpeed, Skype, and ooVoo (another one I’ve never heard of before). SightSpeed, ooVoo and Skype – the Comparison

This blog article, SightSpeed – an alternative to iChat, comes out in favor of SightSpeed. Admittedly this article is an old one, seems most of the articles are from 2006 when SightSpeed made a big splash.

I guess the best way to find out is to install the different clients and see which one works best for video chat. For audio chat I am still hooked on Skype, its $30 per year service for unlimited calls to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada is just awesome.

5 Responses to “SightSpeed, Skype, iChat, ooVoo”

Mark R. wrote a comment on January 28, 2008

Whenever I use Skype to call a phone line, the other person complains about the audio quality. It’s annoying because I think my cable modem service is good. 🙁

seonghuhn wrote a comment on January 28, 2008

Maybe it’s your microphone? On the PC I switched to a different microphone, a Logitech USB desktop microphone, and most of the time people are pretty happy with the quality. On the Mac people seem to like the built-in microphone better though some complain about hearing themselves.

Dani wrote a comment on February 1, 2008

I was too frustrated with the Skype echo effect to keep using it. I have been using ooVoo to communicate with family in Mexico. It’s more fun and it’s free. I’ve been working for ooVoo for a few months now, and I know they’re really excitied about launching ooVoo 1.5, you’ll be able to record your conversations and then post them on blogs, etc. Not that I want to post the conversations on any blogs, but hey it would come in handy for “I told you so-s”. 🙂

Mark R. wrote a comment on February 6, 2008

I just now saw your comment, Frank. Hmm, it could be the mike, I dunno. I usually use the iMac built-in mike… maybe I’ll try a USB one.

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